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    The createBufferSource() method of the AudioContext Interface is used to create a new AudioBufferSourceNode, which can be used to play audio data contained within an AudioBuffer object, or returned from AudioContext.decodeAudioData.


     AudioBufferSourceNode           createBufferSource ();


    In this example, we create a two second buffer, fill it with white noise, and then play it via an AudioBufferSourceNode. The comments should clearly explain what is going on.

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    var audioCtx = new (window.AudioContext || window.webkitAudioContext)();
    var button = document.querySelector('button');
    var pre = document.querySelector('pre');
    var myScript = document.querySelector('script');
    pre.innerHTML = myScript.innerHTML;
    // Stereo
    var channels = 2;
    // Create an empty two second stereo buffer at the
    // sample rate of the AudioContext
    var frameCount = audioCtx.sampleRate * 2.0;
    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;
      // connect the AudioBufferSourceNode to the
      // destination so we can hear the sound
      // start the source playing




    An AudioBufferSourceNode.

    Browser compatibility

    Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
    Basic support 10.0webkit 25.0 (25.0)  Not supported 15.0webkit 6.0webkit
    Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile Chrome for Andriod
    Basic support ? 26.0 1.2 ? ? ? 33.0


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

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