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Play Waves in VB.NET

, 16 Feb 2005
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A simple Wave Player class.

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This is a simple class that shows how to play Wave files in a .NET project, using Windows API. Here, you will find the way to play embedded resources, external files, or Windows system Waves.

Using the code

Using the code is very simple, you have to choose if you want to play a file: Sound.PlayWaveFile("Filename.wav"), an embedded resource: Sound.PlayWaveResource("Embedded.wav"), or a system sound: Sound.PlayWaveSystem("SystemExit").

Public Class Sound
    Declare Auto Function PlaySound Lib "winmm.dll" (ByVal name _
      As String, ByVal hmod As Integer, ByVal flags As Integer) As Integer

    Declare Auto Function PlaySound Lib "winmm.dll" (ByVal name _
      As Byte(), ByVal hmod As Integer, ByVal flags As Integer) As Integer

    Public Const SND_SYNC = &H0 ' play synchronously 
    Public Const SND_ASYNC = &H1 ' play asynchronously 
    Public Const SND_MEMORY = &H4  'Play wav in memory
    Public Const SND_ALIAS = &H10000 'Play system alias wav 
    Public Const SND_NODEFAULT = &H2
    Public Const SND_FILENAME = &H20000 ' name is file name 
    Public Const SND_RESOURCE = &H40004 ' name is resource name or atom 
End Class

'Using the code:

    Private Sub btnFile_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, _
            ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnFile.Click
        'File Located in executable dir, change it if you need
    End Sub

    Private Sub btnEmbed_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, _
            ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnEmbed.Click
        'Remeber to include the wave in the project 
        'and then in the "build action"
        'properties set it as: "Embedded Resource"
        Sound.PlayWaveResource("The Microsoft Sound.wav")
    End Sub

    Private Sub btnSystem_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, _
            ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnSystem.Click

        'Here some ...


    End Sub

All the job is done by the PlaySound function.

Points of Interest

This is an "all in one" Sound class for your .NET applications (File, Resource, System sounds).


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Angelo Cresta
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Questionunusable code Pin
chriscore at 31-Jul-12 6:08
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AnswerRe: unusable code Pin
Angelo Cresta at 1-Aug-12 22:05
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GeneralVB class for Sound Player Pin
Member 8368413 at 15-Nov-11 7:25
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QuestionCan't get it to work Pin
xgonzalez81 at 14-May-11 12:34
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GeneralGreat Class Thank you Pin
CDPerez at 21-Sep-10 7:01
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GeneralGreat work Pin
JohnAndre at 25-Aug-10 6:42
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
JohnAndre at 25-Aug-10 6:41
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Great work!
QuestionRecording coinciding visualizing? Pin
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QuestionDoesn't work on web server but works on development machine. Pin
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GeneralFantastic! Pin
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QuestionCalling a method to execute sound Pin
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QuestionIs there a way to change output device? Pin
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QuestionHow to stop the sound Pin
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Questionduration wave file Pin
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Generalthanks Pin
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Generalloop sound Pin
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GeneralVery Good Pin
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QuestionJust to Play a WAV File? Pin
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QuestionAny suggestion on how to record wav / mp3 files ? Pin
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QuestionHow to Find the Duration of Wave File. Pin
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Question?One question? Pin
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