AudioParam: exponentialRampToValueAtTime() method

The exponentialRampToValueAtTime() method of the AudioParam Interface schedules a gradual exponential change in the value of the AudioParam. The change starts at the time specified for the previous event, follows an exponential ramp to the new value given in the value parameter, and reaches the new value at the time given in the endTime parameter.

Note: Exponential ramps are considered more useful when changing frequencies or playback rates than linear ramps because of the way the human ear works.


exponentialRampToValueAtTime(value, endTime)



A floating point number representing the value the AudioParam will ramp to by the given time.


A double representing the exact time (in seconds) after the ramping starts that the changing of the value will stop.

Return value

A reference to this AudioParam object. In some browsers older implementations of this interface return undefined.


In this example, we have a media source with two control buttons (see the audio-param repo for the source code, or view the example live.) When these buttons are pressed, exponentialRampToValueAtTime() is used to fade the gain value up to 1.0, and down to 0, respectively. This is pretty useful for fade in/fade out effects:

// create audio context
const audioCtx = new AudioContext();

// set basic variables for example
const myAudio = document.querySelector("audio");

const expRampPlus = document.querySelector(".exp-ramp-plus");
const expRampMinus = document.querySelector(".exp-ramp-minus");

// Create a MediaElementAudioSourceNode
// Feed the HTMLMediaElement into it
const source = audioCtx.createMediaElementSource(myAudio);

// Create a gain node and set its gain value to 0.5
const gainNode = audioCtx.createGain();

// connect the AudioBufferSourceNode to the gainNode
// and the gainNode to the destination
gainNode.gain.setValueAtTime(0, audioCtx.currentTime);

// set buttons to do something onclick
expRampPlus.onclick = () => {
  gainNode.gain.exponentialRampToValueAtTime(1.0, audioCtx.currentTime + 2);

expRampMinus.onclick = () => {
  gainNode.gain.exponentialRampToValueAtTime(0.01, audioCtx.currentTime + 2);

Note: A value of 0.01 was used for the value to ramp down to in the last function rather than 0, as an invalid or illegal string error is thrown if 0 is used — the value needs to be positive.


Web Audio API
# dom-audioparam-exponentialramptovalueattime

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