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@elemaudio/web-renderer

The official package for rendering Elementary applications in web browsers using Web Audio.

info

The @elemaudio/web-renderer package is only available in the Elementary private registry for Pro license holders, however @elemaudio/web-renderer-lite is available on the public npm registry with an equivalent API, minus support for analysis and convolution nodes. Find more information on the Pro license here.

Installation

npm install --save @elemaudio/web-renderer

Example

import {el} from '@elemaudio/core';
import WebRenderer from '@elemaudio/web-renderer';

const ctx = new AudioContext();
const core = new WebRenderer();

core.on('load', function() {
core.render(el.cycle(440), el.cycle(441));
});

(async function main() {
let node = await core.initialize(ctx, {
numberOfInputs: 0,
numberOfOutputs: 1,
outputChannelCount: [2],
});

node.connect(ctx.destination);
})();

Usage

import WebRenderer from '@elemaudio/web-renderer';

Constructor

let core = new WebRenderer();

No arguments provided; you can construct multiple WebRenderer's and run them through your Web Audio application as you like. See initialize() for connecting to WebAudio.

initialize

core.initialize(ctx: AudioContext, options: AudioWorkletNodeOptions) : Promise<WebAudioNode>`

Initializes the Elementary runtime within the provided AudioContext. Here, Elementary will construct an AudioWorkletNode in which the Elementary runtime operates, and all subsequent operations will forward to the AudioWorkletNode.

The second argument here is for configuring the AudioWorkletNode, see the available options here on MDN. Note that this method supports the optional processorOptions object for initializing the virtual file system. See Virtual File System below for more details.

This method returns a promise which resolves to the underlying AudioWorkletNode itself, which you may use to connect into your Web Audio context destination directly, as in the example above.

render

core.render(...args: Array<NodeRepr_t | number>) : RenderStats;

Performs the reconciliation process for rendering your desired audio graph. This method expects one argument for each available output channel. That is, if you want to render a stereo graph, you will invoke this method with two arguments: core.render(leftOut, rightOut).

The RenderStats object returned by this call provides some insight into what happened during the reconciliation process: how many new nodes and edges were added to the graph, how long it took, etc.

updateVirtualFileSystem

core.updateVirtualFileSystem(Object<string, Array | Float32Array>);

Use this method to dynamically update the buffers available in the virtual file system after initialization. See the Virtual File System section below for more details.

reset

core.reset();

Resets internal nodes and buffers back to their initial state.

Events

Each WebRenderer instance is itself an event emitter with an API matching that of the Node.js Event Emitter class.

The renderer will emit events from underlying audio processing graph for nodes such as el.meter, el.snapshot, etc. See the reference documentation for each such node for details.

Virtual File System

When running in a web browser, the Elementary runtime has no access to your file system or network itself. Therefore, when writing graphs which rely on sample data (such as with el.sample, el.table, or el.convolve), you must first load the sample data into the runtime using the virtual file system.

If you know your sample data ahead of time, you can load the virtual file system at initialization time using the processorOptions property as follows.

let node = await core.initialize(ctx, {
numberOfInputs: 0,
numberOfOutputs: 1,
outputChannelCount: [2],
processorOptions: {
// Maps from String -> Array|Float32Array
virtualFileSystem: {
'/your/virtual/file.wav': (new Float32Array(512)).map(() => Math.random()),
}
}
});

After configuring the core processor this way, you may use el.sample or any other node which reads from file by referencing the corresponding virtual file path that you provided:

core.render(el.sample({path: '/your/virtual/path.wav'}, el.train(1)))

If you need to dynamically update the virtual file system after initialization, you may do so using the updateVirtualFileSystem method. As an example, we'll fetch a file here, use the Web Audio API to decode the file data, and update our renderer when the data is ready.

let res = await fetch('https://ia800407.us.archive.org/9/items/999WavFiles/10.mp3');
let sampleBuffer = await ctx.decodeAudioData(await res.arrayBuffer());

core.updateVirtualFileSystem({
'/some/new/arbitrary/fileName.wav': sampleBuffer.getChannelData(0),
});

// In this example, after performing the update, we can now `render()` a new graph which references
// our new file data.
core.render(el.sample({path: '/some/new/arbitrary/fileName.wav'}, el.train(1)))

Note: Each virtual file system entry maps to a single channel of audio data. To load multi-channel sample data into the virtual file system, you should enumerate each channel as a differently named virtual file path.

MIDI

The WebRenderer does not include MIDI support itself. We recommend pairing Elementary with the Web MIDI API, or a third party library such as WebMIDI.js to enable MIDI functionality.