Media player maturity (on Mac)

Robert Krüger krueger at
Wed Mar 11 16:56:01 UTC 2015

On Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 5:28 PM, David DeHaven <david.dehaven at>

> > No, thanks for the hint. I just did and the behavior is a bit better in
> the sense that the sample start is not cut off on subsequent play
> invocations (behaves more or less line instantiating a new mediaplayer for
> each invocation, which is good) but when I loop using setCycleCount the
> sample start is also not clean (seams to be varying, though).
> >
> > For my uses case I will probably need both MediaPlayer and Audioclip,
> because I have typical cases for AudioClip (e.g. short notification sounds)
> and long looping background samples.
> >
> > Wow, I just discovered, that the behavior with the sample start sounding
> different on the first invocation also happens when I play the sample using
> the player integrated in Finder, so I owe you a big apology. I am sorry! I
> can also no longer reproduce the looping failure after my last reboot :-S.
> No worries, these things just aren’t supposed to behave that way ;)
> > Btw. the latency of AudioClip on the Mac (2012 MBP) is not quite low
> enough to implement something like a drum kit using the keyboard. I don't
> know if that is the benchmark you are after or if that is also a limitation
> of the hosting system. I need to test that with other applications. The
> latency I get with AudioClip is good enough for my current use case, though.
> Yeah, the current AudioClip implementation actually uses the same engine
> as MediaPlayer, just in a slightly different way. The biggest difference
> (aside from the one-shot interface) is it caches all the audio data in
> memory. If you use uncompressed audio (aiff) it will be a bit faster.
> I already tested uncompressed (wav).

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