GEN49 — Transfers data from an MP3 soundfile into a function table.


This subroutine transfers data from an MP3 soundfile into a function table.


f#  time  size  49  filcod  skiptime  format


size -- number of points in the table. Ordinarily a power of 2 or a power-of-2 plus 1 (see f statement); the maximum tablesize is 16777216 (224) points. The allocation of table memory can be deferred by setting this parameter to 0; the size allocated is then the number of points in the file (probably not a power-of-2), and the table is not usable by normal oscillators, but it is usable by a loscil unit. The soundfile can also be mono or stereo.

filcod -- integer or character-string denoting the source soundfile name. An integer denotes the file soundin.filcod ; a character-string (in double quotes, spaces permitted) gives the filename itself, optionally a full pathname. If not a full path, the file is sought first in the current directory, then in that given by the environment variable SSDIR (if defined) then by SFDIR. See also soundin.

skiptime -- begin reading at skiptime seconds into the file.

format -- specifies the audio data-file format required:

1 - Mono file                 3 - First channel (left)
2 - Stereo file               4 - Second channel (right)

If format = 0 the sample format is taken from the soundfile header.

[Note] Note

  • Reading stops at end-of-file or when the table is full. Table locations not filled will contain zeros.

  • If p4 is positive, the table will be post-normalized (rescaled to a maximum absolute value of 1 after generation). A negative p4 will cause rescaling to be skipped.


Here is a simple example of the GEN49 routine. It uses the files gen49.csd, and beats.mp3. It uses the MP3 file beats.mp3.

Example 944. A simple example of the GEN49 routine.

; Select audio/midi flags here according to platform
; Audio out   Audio in
-odac           -iadc    ;;;RT audio I/O
; For Non-realtime ouput leave only the line below:
; -o gen01.wav -W ;;; for file output any platform

; Initialize the global variables.
sr = 44100
kr = 4410
ksmps = 10
nchnls = 1

; Instrument #1.
instr 1
   kamp = 30000
   kcps = 1
   ifn = 1

   ; Play the audio sample stored in Table #1.
   a1 oscil kamp, kcps, ifn
   out a1


; Table #1: read an audio file (using GEN49).
f 1 0 131072 49 "beats.mp3" 0 1

; Play Instrument #1 for 2 seconds.
i 1 0 2



Written by John ffitch

February 2009.