hardware control of webaudio API


This is a tweak of a demo program by Boris Smus from http://webaudioapi.com

The audio is generated in the web browser using the webaudio API. Oscillator frequency is being controlled by an iPod touch running touchOSC.

A ruby program is running in the background. It starts 2 servers, one to handle Osc messages from the iPod. and a websockets server which passes Osc messages to the web client in the browser, which parses the data and sets oscillator frequency.

local source files in tkzic/web-audio-api/webaudioapi/content/posts/oscillator-ws


(these are for my local files – source has not been published yet) Please contact me directly for more information about this code. Or have a look at a very similar example at: https://github.com/tkzic/WebAudio

1. run the node webserver in tkzic/

node nodeserver.js

(it will run on localhost port 8081 – for example

2. In Chrome web browser, run:

The following screen will appear:

3. From a terminal prompt run this ruby script (in tkzic/web-audio-api/webaudioapi/content/posts/oscillator-ws)


4. In webpage in Chrome, click the sockets button – the ruby server should open a socket connection, also click the play/pause button to start the oscillator

5. In touchOSC point the host to the ip address of the laptop (ie., running on default ports, (out 8000, in 9000)

6. In touchOSC run the ‘simple’ layout and move fader1 to change the pitch of the oscillator

Note: You will probably also want to open the developer javascript console in Chrome to see what is going on.

next step

Need to clean up the ruby server code to handle error conditions, ie., network interruptions, missing files, browser incompatibility, etc.,