André Michelle

New Audio Drivers Available

  • about 11 months ago
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New Audio Drivers Available

Audio in audiotool

We are constantly evaluating new ideas and techniques to improve the audio quality and reduce glitches. The web-audio-api is also changing a lot, but it seems that it never gives us the exact ingredients we were hoping for. To this day, we are supporting four different audio driving systems. You can now choose between the drivers in the preferences dialog. However the studio will only start the driver, if the necessary web-features are supported. The selected driver is printed in the bottom status line.

Our Current Solutions

  • Booster - Best performance, but requires extra software (works for Chrome and Firefox)
  • Worklet-Driver - Has been the default Chrome. Not ideal, but acceptable performance.
  • Pure Worklet (Beta) - This will be the future default for Chrome and Firefox. Right now: Chrome only.
  • Worker - worst performance, involves the main-thread. Fallback for Firefox.

What's new?

Pure Worklet is the web-feature we were waiting for a long time, but never quite matched our expectations. On paper it is very close to the sound-card driver and runs in a dedicated, prioritised audio-thread. Combined with a SharedArrayBuffer, display information on peaks & spectrums are shared with the user-interface (super fast). We are not going into details, on how each of these implementations work. If you like to discuss them, feel free to open a topic in Support >> Help

Testing

To avoid unpleasant, unforeseen problems, we encourage you to test the Pure Worklet (Beta) on Chrome. If there are no unsolvable complains, we still have to wait for Firefox to catch up on another web-feature (rumours are talking rather weeks than months). But after that, we can hopefully deprecate two drivers, leaving us with the Booster and Pure Worklet and less code to maintain.

Yours audiotool basement, at your service.

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    Vulkron

    about 10 months ago

    Hey question, why does my mix sound a bit quieter when im using the booster?

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    octane

    about 11 months ago

    I am using chrome, and have used Worklet-driver, it works fine

    I tried the Pure Worklet, it makes an extremely annoying, omnipresent clicking sound when I play my track. Immediately switched to worklet-driver. Any suggestions?

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      octane

      about 11 months ago

      Version 81.0.4044.141, chrome on chromebook, and it is all up to date

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      André Michelle

      about 11 months ago

      Which OS? Which browser? Everything up to date?

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    AudiotoolMan

    about 11 months ago

    I am using an avast browser,I had problems with steel browsers.

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    Jordi Moragues

    about 11 months ago

    Do the orange asterisks have any special meaning?

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      André Michelle

      about 11 months ago

      Yes, there has been a note in the dialog footer. It is just a bug ;)

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      Jordi Moragues

      about 11 months ago

      Maybe a note should be added to the dialogue below the Audio Driver section, informing the user that changing the driver requires a restart of the Studio. It's not clear from the dialogue (the asterisks don't tell anything) or the text in this topic.

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      André Michelle

      about 11 months ago

      They tell you that changing the option requires a restart. However the asterisks should now be at the feature name, not each option.

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