Testing audio from command line

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Al Mak posted Apr 21, 22:12:

I'm new at Raspberry Pi, but I've got everything setup with SSH and it appears to be running as expected. The problem I have is that the RPi wont power my MPK49, and I am waiting for a power supply to arrive. In the meantime, is it possible for me to test my DAC and samples by triggering a wav file from a command line? I placed one on my USB, so I can see it under /media. Seems like a simple thing, but I'm coming up blank.

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AlexM posted Apr 22, 12:06:

Perhaps the easiest thing to do is edit the samplerbox.py file so that it plays a note, or notes on startup.

First remount as read-write by entering the command: mount -o remount,rw /

Now open the script: nano SamplerBox/samplerbox.py

Right near the bottom, and under the line LoadSamples() add in this block of code (paste using SHIFT+INSERT):

time.sleep(1) # let the samples load first
def play_note(midinote, velocity=127):
    global playingnotes, samples
    playingnotes.setdefault(midinote, []).append(samples[midinote, velocity].play(midinote))

def stop_note(midinote):
    global samples
    if midinote in playingnotes:
        for n in playingnotes[midinote]:
                n.fadeout(50)
        playingnotes[midinote] = []

play_note(midinote=40, velocity=127)
time.sleep(2)
stop_note(40)

If you want to get a bit crazy, replace those last 3 lines with the following to play a sequence of notes:

for i in xrange(40, 60): # play notes 40 through to 60
    play_note(i)
    time.sleep(0.5)
    stop_note(i)

A bit of a workaround, but it should do the trick! :)

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AlexM posted Apr 22, 12:10:

Oh and CTRL-X and Y to save changes.

You'll also need to stop the samplerbox.py script which is autorun on startup:

systemctl stop samplerbox
and re-run your new modified version:
python SamplerBox/samplerbox.py

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