Generate Audio Signals

This example shows how to generate audio signals using a 5.1 channel sound system.

Load Audio Signal

Load an audio file containing a sample of Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus."

load handel;

Plot Audio Signal

Plot the data to identify five distinct segments. Each segment represents a "Hallelujah" in the chorus. The segments are annotated as 1 to 5.

ly = length(y);
lspan = 1:ly;
t = lspan/Fs;

hf = figure;
axis tight;
title("Signal (Handel''s Hallelujah Chorus) vs Time");
xlabel("Time (s)");

markers = struct('xpos',[0.2,0.4,0.55,0.65,0.8],'string',num2str([1:5]'));
for i = 1:5,
    annotation(hf,'textbox',[markers.xpos(i) 0.48 0.048 0.080],'String', markers.string(i),'BackgroundColor','w','FontSize',16);

Create a DataAcquisition and Add Audio Output Channels

This example uses a 5.1 channel sound system with device ID 'Audio2'.

1. Create a DataAcquisition with directsound as the vendor and add an audio output channel to it.

dd = daq("directsound");
nch = 6;
addoutput(dd, "Audio2", 1:nch, "Audio");

2. Update the generation scan rate to match the audio sampling rate.

dd.Rate = Fs;

3. Generate audio signals (Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus"). "Hallelujah" should be voiced five times, one for each segment depicted in the figure on all channels of the speaker system.

write(dd, repmat(y,1,nch));

4. Close the figure.