BaseAudioContext.createDelay()

The createDelay() method of the BaseAudioContext Interface is used to create a DelayNode, which is used to delay the incoming audio signal by a certain amount of time.

Syntax

var delayNode = audioCtx.createDelay(maxDelayTime);

Parameters

maxDelayTime Optional
The maximum amount of time, in seconds, that the audio signal can be delayed by. Must be less than 180 seconds, and defaults to 1 second if not specified.

Returns

A DelayNode. The default DelayNode.delayTime is 0 seconds.

Example

We have created a simple example that allows you to play three different samples on a constant loop — see create-delay (you can also view the source code). If you just press the play buttons, the loops will start immediately; if you slide the sliders up to the right, then press the play buttons, a delay will be introduced, so the looping sounds don't start playing for a short amount of time.

var AudioContext = window.AudioContext || window.webkitAudioContext;
var audioCtx = new AudioContext();

var synthDelay = audioCtx.createDelay(5.0);

  ...

var synthSource;

playSynth.onclick = function() {
  synthSource = audioCtx.createBufferSource();
  synthSource.buffer = buffers[2];
  synthSource.loop = true;
  synthSource.start();
  synthSource.connect(synthDelay);
  synthDelay.connect(destination);
  this.setAttribute('disabled', 'disabled');
}

stopSynth.onclick = function() {
  synthSource.disconnect(synthDelay);
  synthDelay.disconnect(destination);
  synthSource.stop();
  playSynth.removeAttribute('disabled');
}

...

var delay1;
rangeSynth.oninput = function() {
  delay1 = rangeSynth.value;
  synthDelay.delayTime.setValueAtTime(delay1, audioCtx.currentTime);
}

Specifications

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

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support 10
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Full support 10
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: webkit
Edge Full support YesFirefox Full support 25IE No support NoOpera Full support 22
Full support 22
Full support 15
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: webkit
Safari Full support 6
Prefixed
Full support 6
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: webkit
WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support 33Edge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 26Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android ?

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