tplay.m: artefact-free audio presentation despite Windows 7

Like 'sound' or 'wavplay', but uses ASIO for glitch-free sound presentation.


Updated 5 Jul 2012

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Reliable audio presentation is difficult with the Matlab/Windows 7 combination. So tplay is a simple function (equivalent to sound or wavplay) that takes care of it.

***tplay will only work with ASIO-enabled sound-cards, i.e., it will probably NOT work on your laptop (unless you install ASIO4ALL -- see***

Several soundcard manufacturers recommend that Windows 7 users only use ASIO to communicate with the soundcard; Matlab's native audio functions (sound, wavplay, audioplayer) do not currently support ASIO.

As such sound/wavplay/audioplayer may work with Windows 7, but they are unsupported. Artefacts are in fact likely, including:
* Truncation (the last ~30 ms of your signal is removed, without any smooth ramp off, leading to an audible click)
* Glitches (click-like artefacts occurring in the middle of a sound at random intervals).

Download tplay (from here) and playrec.dll (from for 32-bit computers)

You can then just replace your "sound(wave,fs)" with "tplay(wave,fs)" in your code.

OR, even better, adapt the code of tplay for your own purposes: it is just an interface to "playrec", which is a little more complicated, but a lot more powerful -- see

tplay.m has two undesirable features:

1/ tplay.m opens the first ASIO channel it finds, which should be the same channel on the same device each time. If you want more control, you can use the 'asioname' parameter, but you might be better using playrec directly.

2/ The first time it's used, tplay.m opens a new ASIO channel (if necessary) but then leaves it open for the next time! (The alternative, closing the ASIO channel immediately at the end of the sound, truncates up to 30 ms of the sound on some systems.) Make sure to exit Skype to avoid interactions!

To close the ASIO channel without a click, use 'tplayclean.m'.

To close the ASIO channel more violently, perhaps to stop an interminable sound, use 'tplayinterrupt.m'

You may find 'tplaywait.m' useful to wait until the end of a sound if you've used tplay's non-blocking mode (waitflag=false)

Cite As

Trevor Agus (2023). tplay.m: artefact-free audio presentation despite Windows 7 (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2007b
Compatible with any release
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Inspired by: pa-wavplay

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