BaseAudioContext.createDynamicsCompressor()

The createDynamicsCompressor() method of the BaseAudioContext Interface is used to create a DynamicsCompressorNode, which can be used to apply compression to an audio signal.

Compression lowers the volume of the loudest parts of the signal and raises the volume of the softest parts. Overall, a louder, richer, and fuller sound can be achieved. It is especially important in games and musical applications where large numbers of individual sounds are played simultaneously, where you want to control the overall signal level and help avoid clipping (distorting) of the audio output.

Syntax

baseAudioCtx.createDynamicsCompressor();

Returns

A DynamicsCompressorNode.

Example

The below code demonstrates a simple usage of createDynamicsCompressor() to add compression to an audio track. For a more complete example, have a look at our basic Compressor example (view the source code).

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

// Create a compressor node
var compressor = audioCtx.createDynamicsCompressor();
compressor.threshold.setValueAtTime(-50, audioCtx.currentTime);
compressor.knee.setValueAtTime(40, audioCtx.currentTime);
compressor.ratio.setValueAtTime(12, audioCtx.currentTime);
compressor.attack.setValueAtTime(0, audioCtx.currentTime);
compressor.release.setValueAtTime(0.25, audioCtx.currentTime);

// connect the AudioBufferSourceNode to the destination
source.connect(audioCtx.destination);

button.onclick = function() {
  var active = button.getAttribute('data-active');
  if(active == 'false') {
    button.setAttribute('data-active', 'true');
    button.innerHTML = 'Remove compression';

    source.disconnect(audioCtx.destination);
    source.connect(compressor);
    compressor.connect(audioCtx.destination);
  } else if(active == 'true') {
    button.setAttribute('data-active', 'false');
    button.innerHTML = 'Add compression';

    source.disconnect(compressor);
    compressor.disconnect(audioCtx.destination);
    source.connect(audioCtx.destination);
  }
}

Specifications

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

Browser compatibility

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createDynamicsCompressorChrome Full support 10
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Edge Full support YesFirefox Full support 25IE No support NoOpera Full support 22
Full support 22
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Safari Full support 6
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Full support 6
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Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: webkit
WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support 33Firefox Android Full support 26Opera Android Full support 22
Full support 22
Full support 14
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Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: webkit
Safari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes

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