AudioBufferSourceNode.buffer

The buffer property of the AudioBufferSourceNode interface provides the ability to play back audio using an AudioBuffer as the source of the sound data.

If the buffer property is set to the value null, the node generates a single channel containing silence (that is, every sample is 0).

Syntax

AudioBufferSourceNode.buffer = soundBuffer;

Value

An AudioBuffer which contains the data representing the sound which the node will play.

Example

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var myArrayBuffer = audioCtx.createBuffer(2, frameCount, audioCtx.sampleRate);

button.onclick = function() {
  // Fill the buffer with white noise;
  //just random values between -1.0 and 1.0
  for (var channel = 0; channel < channels; channel++) {
   // This gives us the actual ArrayBuffer that contains the data
   var nowBuffering = myArrayBuffer.getChannelData(channel);
   for (var i = 0; i < frameCount; i++) {
     // Math.random() is in [0; 1.0]
     // audio needs to be in [-1.0; 1.0]
     nowBuffering[i] = Math.random() * 2 - 1;
   }
  }

  // Get an AudioBufferSourceNode.
  // This is the AudioNode to use when we want to play an AudioBuffer
  var source = audioCtx.createBufferSource();
  // set the buffer in the AudioBufferSourceNode
  source.buffer = myArrayBuffer;

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Web Audio API
The definition of 'buffer' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support 14Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 25
Notes
Full support 25
Notes
Notes Firefox currently handles the value null incorrectly. Instead of producing a node that generates a single channel of silence, the node becomes unusable and will be ignored if you attempt to connect it to anything.
IE No support NoOpera Full support 15Safari Full support 6WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support 18Edge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 26
Notes
Full support 26
Notes
Notes Firefox currently handles the value null incorrectly. Instead of producing a node that generates a single channel of silence, the node becomes unusable and will be ignored if you attempt to connect it to anything.
Opera Android Full support 15Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android Full support Yes

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