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The _SNDOPEN function loads a sound file into memory and returns a LONG handle value above 0.


soundHandle& = _SNDOPEN(fileName$)


  • Returns a LONG soundHandle& value to the sound file in memory. A zero value means the sound could not be loaded.
  • The literal or variable STRING sound fileName$ can be WAV, OGG or MP3 file types.
  • Always check the handle value returned is greater than zero before attempting to play the sound.
    • Make sure the variable is set to 0 before using _SNDOPEN.
  • The handle can be used by most of the _SND sound playing functions and statements in QB64 except _SNDPLAYFILE which plays a sound file directly from the disk and does not use a handle value.
  • Handles can be closed with _SNDCLOSE when the sound is no longer necessary.
  • If a WAV sound file won't play, try it using the Windows Play WAV sounds library to check it or convert the sound file to OGG.
  • The raw audio data can be accessed with _MEMSOUND.


Snippet 1: Loading a sound file to use in the program later. Only load it once and use the handle any time you want.

h& = _SNDOPEN("dog.wav") IF h& = 0 THEN BEEP ELSE _SNDPLAY h& 'check for valid handle before using!

Snippet 2: Playing a sound from 2 different speakers based on program results.

Laff& = _SNDOPEN("KONGlaff.ogg") 'load sound file and get LONG handle value IF LaffX! < -1 THEN LaffX! = -1 'set full volume to left speaker IF LaffX! > 1 THEN LaffX! = 1 'set full volume to right speaker _SNDBAL Laff&, LaffX! 'balance sound to left or right speaker _SNDPLAY Laff& 'play sound

Example: Playing a file and controlling playback:

s& = _SNDOPEN("song.ogg") PRINT "READY"; s& _SNDPLAY s& _SNDLOOP s& xleft = -1 xright = 1 DO k$ = INKEY$ SELECT CASE k$ CASE "f" xleft = xleft - 0.1 _SNDBAL s&, xleft, , , 1 CASE "g" xleft = xleft + 0.1 _SNDBAL s&, xleft, , , 1 CASE "h" xright = xright - 0.1 _SNDBAL s&, xright, , , 2 CASE "j" xright = xright + 0.1 _SNDBAL s&, xright, , , 2 CASE "n" volume = volume - 0.1 _SNDVOL s&, volume CASE "m" volume = volume + 0.1 _SNDVOL s&, volume CASE "p" _SNDPAUSE s& CASE " " _SNDPLAY s& CASE "i" PRINT _SNDPLAYING(s&) PRINT _SNDPAUSED(s&) SLEEP CASE "b" _SNDSETPOS s&, 110 CASE "l" _SNDLIMIT s&, 10 PRINT "LIM" SLEEP CASE "k" _SNDSTOP s& CASE "c" _SNDCLOSE s& SLEEP s2& = _SNDOPEN("song.ogg") CASE "d" s2& = _SNDCOPY(s&) _SNDPLAY s2& END SELECT LOCATE 1, 1 PRINT xleft, xright, volume, _SNDGETPOS(s&); " " LOOP

Code by Johny B

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Keyword Reference - Alphabetical
Keyword Reference - By Usage
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