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Voice Recording/Playing back using simple classes

, , 17 Apr 2005
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This article introduces some useful classes that wrap the WAVE APIs.


Most of us are familiar with at least one multimedia recording software. Windows has one of the simplest ones: Sound Recorder. In this article I want to introduce some simple but useful classes for recording/playing back of voice that wrap the WAVE APIs.


Here is the list of all the Wave APIs that I have used:


waveInOpen Open the Wave device for recording.
waveInPrepareHeader Prepare the Wave header for recording.
waveInAddBuffer Add buffer
waveInStart Start recording. Recorded data will be saved in a specified buffer.
waveInUnprepareHeader After finishing the record process, should un-prepare Wave header.
waveInClose Close the recording device.


waveOutOpen Open the Wave device for playing.
waveOutPrepareHeader Prepare the Wave header for playing.
waveOutWrite Play the buffer.
waveOutUnprepareHeader Un-prepare the Wave header.
waveOutClose Close the playing device.

As you can see, working with these APIs are straightforward but if you want to skip them and simply do a copy/paste code in your project, my classes are for you.

Here is the definition of the classes:

class CVoiceBase  
    CString m_result;
    MMRESULT res;


    char* buffer;
    WAVEHDR WaveHeader;

    void SetFormat(DWORD nSamplesPerSec,  
            WORD  wBitsPerSample,WORD  nChannels);
    BOOL CopyBuffer(LPVOID lpBuffer, DWORD ntime);
    CString GetLastError();
    void GetMMResult(MMRESULT res);
    void DestroyBuffer();
    BOOL PrepareBuffer(DWORD ntime);
    virtual ~CVoiceBase();

class CVoiceRecording : public CVoiceBase  
    void RecordFinished();
    BOOL IsOpen();
    BOOL Close();
    BOOL Open();    
    BOOL Record();
    HWAVEIN hWaveIn;
    virtual ~CVoiceRecording();

class CVoicePlaying : public CVoiceBase  
    void PlayFinished();
    BOOL IsOpen();
    BOOL Close();
    BOOL Open();
    BOOL Play();

    HWAVEOUT hWaveOut;

    virtual ~CVoicePlaying();

Also, for notifying of events, such as finishing recording/playing, I have used two callback functions:

BOOL CALLBACK VoiceWaveInProc(HWAVEIN hwi,       
            UINT uMsg,         
            DWORD dwInstance,  
            DWORD dwParam1,    
            DWORD dwParam2     

BOOL CALLBACK VoiceWaveOutProc(HWAVEOUT hwi,       
            UINT uMsg,         
            DWORD dwInstance,  
            DWORD dwParam1,    
            DWORD dwParam2     


Just declare two variables of type CVoiceRecording and CVoicePlaying. Use SetFormat, PrepareBuffer, Open and Record or Play member functions to work with them:

CVoiceRecording m_Record;
CVoicePlaying m_Play;

m_Record.PrepareBuffer(10);    //prepare buffer for recording 10 seconds.
m_Play.PrepareBuffer(10);    //prepare buffer for playing of 10 seconds of data

if (m_Record.IsOpen())

//after finishing the record scenario,
//play the buffer, first copy recorded buffer to m_Play buffer
m_Play.CopyBuffer(m_Record.buffer, 10);
if (m_Play.IsOpen())



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A. Riazi
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I was born in Shiraz, a very beautiful famous city in Iran. I started programming when I was 12 years old with GWBASIC. Since now, I worked with various programming languages from Basic, Foxpro, C/C++, Visual Basic, Pascal to MATLAB and now Visual C++.
I graduated from Iran University of Science & Technology in Communication Eng., and now work as a system programmer for a telecommunication industry.
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QuestionHow do I make this program record until the user presses a key Pin
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