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soundplayer(1)							soundplayer(1)

NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     soundplayer - sound playback application

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     soundplayer [ -nofork ] [ -nounique ] [ -noauto ] [ -nodisplay ] [
     -nopocket ] [ -audiodev <device name> ] [filename]

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     soundplayer is a simple-to-use application	which plays sound files	using
     the built-in audio	hardware. soundplayer also plays Standard MIDI Files
     to	an external MIDI sound module or the Silicon Graphics MIDI synthesis
     software (see midisynth(1)).

     The following sound/MIDI file formats are supported:

	  AIFF	(.aiff)	and AIFF-C  (.aifc)

	  Sun/NeXT (.au, .snd)

	  Microsoft RIFF WAVE (.wav)

	  MPEG-1 layer I, II audio bitstreams (.mpa, .mpg, .mp2)

	  Sound	Designer II


	  Audio	Visual Research	(.avr)

	  Amiga	IFF/8SVX (.iff)

	  SampleVision (.smp)

	  Creative Labs, Inc. Creative Voice (.voc)

	  Standard MIDI	File (.mid)

	  RIFF MIDI File (.rmi)

     The graphical user	interface provides "Play", "Stop", and "Rewind to
     start" buttons. If	the program is invoked without the filename argument,
     the user may open an input	file using the "File Open" menu.

     The play position in the file is controlled with a	position slider
     presented at the bottom of	the user interface. The	play position is
     changed when the mouse button is released after moving the	slider,	not
     while the slider is being moved.

     The user interface	also provides control of audio level independent of
     the audio hardware	levels controlled by apanel(1).	Level controls are not
     supported for Standard MIDI files.	Instead, tempo control is provided for
     MIDI playback. This control changes the playback speed of the MIDI	file

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     without changing the instrument sounds.

     More behavior and features	of soundplayer are explained in	the on-line
     help provided via the "Help" menu.

OPTIONS    [Toc]    [Back]

	   Do not fork soundplayer into	background. By default,	soundplayer
	   forks itself	in order to return control to the shell	process.

	   Play	sound file without displaying user interface. File will	be
	   played from beginning to end	and cannot be stopped. Soundplayer
	   does	not background itself when used	in the nodisplay mode.

	   Remove the drop pocket widget from the user interface. This option
	   is obsolete and will	not be supported in the	future.

	   Allow more than one instance	of soundplayer to run at a given time.

	   Do not play sound file automatically	when launched with a file

     -audiodev <device name>
	   Play	sound through the specified audio output device.  Default is
	   "Default Output".

NOTES    [Toc]    [Back]

     To	use soundplayer	as a helper application	with a World Wide Web browser
     such as Netscape Navigator, the command line options -nofork and
     -nounique must be used in combination. Below is an	example	mailcap	entry
     for AIFF files:

	  audio/x-aiff;	soundplayer -nofork -nounique %s;

     Soundplayer is the	default	audio and MIDI file player used	by the
     IndigoMagic desktop. Double-clicking on a sound file on the desktop will
     launch soundplayer. Holding the `Alt' key while double-clicking on	a
     sound file	will launch another instance of	soundplayer, the equivalent of
     invoking soundplayer with the -nounique option.

     In	order for soundplayer to play MIDI files via the internal software
     synthesizer midisynth(1), you must	install	the dmedia_eoe.sw.synth	and
     dmedia_eoe.data.synth subsystems from the IRIX CDROMs which came with
     your system.  This	software is not	installed by default, but is bundled
     with the release.	Once this is installed,	the "MIDI Devices" submenu
     under "Utilities" will show a port	labled "Software Synth".  Selecting
     this port will allow soundplayer to play all MIDI files via midisynth.

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     To	configure your workstation for MIDI playback via an external
     synthesizer, use a	Macintosh-compatible serial port to MIDI adaptor to
     connect an	external MIDI sound module to one of the serial	ports.	This
     procedure varies with machine type.  Use the Port Setup system
     administration tool to configure the serial port for MIDI operation.  To
     launch the	Port Setup tool, select	the System Manager tool	from the
     System menu on the	Toolchest.  Then select	"System	Admin Tools" on	the
     System Manager "Tools" menu.  The Port Setup icon will appear in the
     Administration Tools window.

     To	verify that the	serial port is now configured for MIDI,	launch
     soundplayer and select "MIDI Devices" from	the "Utilities"	menu to	view a
     list of active MIDI outputs. The serial port configured for MIDI should
     now appear	in the list.

BUGS    [Toc]    [Back]

     Unless the	-nounique option is used, multiple instances of	soundplayer
     will not run on a single display, even when run from different hosts.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     audio(1), afintro(3dm), midi(3dm),	audiopanel(1), midisynth(1)

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