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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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Comments and Discussions

Questionunusable code Pinmemberchriscore31-Jul-12 6:08 
AnswerRe: unusable code PinmemberAngelo Cresta1-Aug-12 22:05 
GeneralVB class for Sound Player PinmemberMember 836841315-Nov-11 7:25 
QuestionCan't get it to work Pinmemberxgonzalez8114-May-11 12:34 
GeneralGreat Class Thank you PinmemberCDPerez21-Sep-10 7:01 
Thank you I was looking for a way to Notify my users for events due that during entry time, sometimes they do not look at the screen and keep typing.
GeneralGreat work PinmemberJohnAndre25-Aug-10 6:42 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberJohnAndre25-Aug-10 6:41 
QuestionRecording coinciding visualizing? Pinmemberfmmahdi2-Feb-10 8:40 
QuestionDoesn't work on web server but works on development machine. Pinmemberdnair92621-Aug-09 10:12 
GeneralFantastic! Pinmemberjharris49-Jul-09 12:43 
QuestionCalling a method to execute sound Pinmemberselassie7478-Jul-09 2:18 
Questionplaying wave files in Pinmemberselassie7473-Jul-09 2:01 
QuestionIs there a way to change output device? PinmemberClaudio Nicora26-May-09 6:58 
AnswerRe: Is there a way to change output device? PinmemberAngelo Cresta26-May-09 11:33 
QuestionHow to stop the sound Pinmemberchaisutek8-Jun-08 12:10 
Questionduration wave file PinmemberMember 428349422-May-08 8:28 
AnswerRe: duration wave file PinmemberCode_Doctor22-May-08 22:37 
QuestionDisplay of imgae files and .avi and .swf in VB.NET Pinmemberbijivn22-Apr-08 2:38 
Generalthanks Pinmemberx-files4-Dec-07 13:22 
Generalloop sound PinmemberI Hate My Computer27-May-07 19:21 
GeneralVery Good Pinmembermerdynn11-Apr-07 7:34 
GeneralRe: Very Good PinmemberAngelo Cresta12-Apr-07 21:50 
GeneralCool Pinmemberrexha18-Jul-06 23:37 
AnswerRe: Cool Pinmember98z2815-Sep-06 13:28 
GeneralHelp for AxWindiwsMediaPlayer with time PinmemberParth Bhatt22-Jun-06 8:37 
GeneralProblem playing .wmv files Pinmemberseva0412197322-Jun-06 2:51 
GeneralRe: time frame in AxWindowsMediaPlayer Pinmemberseva0412197322-Jun-06 2:49 
QuestionJust to Play a WAV File? PinmemberWD9DAN19-Jun-06 3:24 
AnswerRe: Just to Play a WAV File? Pinmember98z2815-Sep-06 13:17 
QuestionAny suggestion on how to record wav / mp3 files ? PinmemberParik Advani12-Jun-06 3:58 
AnswerRe: Any suggestion on how to record wav / mp3 files ? Pinmember98z2815-Sep-06 13:05 
GeneralIt's not working for me PinmemberRandomSkratch5-Apr-06 20:27 
GeneralRe: It's not working for me PinmemberJeff Meyers13-Apr-06 7:25 
GeneralGreat Article PinmemberThad VDB29-Oct-05 20:48 
GeneralWaves in 2005 Pinmembercave_troll26-Oct-05 2:20 
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GeneralRe: Question about waves in C++.Net PinmemberAlexey A. Popov21-Nov-05 4:29 
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QuestionHow to Find the Duration of Wave File. PinmemberDevangUdeshi3018214-Apr-05 0:25 
Question?One question? Pinmembertom_dx16-Feb-05 14:50 
AnswerRe: ?One question? PinsussDikkeBeis27-Feb-05 11:41 
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