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Soundboard (PC)

+ How To Add This Control To Your Project (Click to Expand)
  1. Load the most recent release of ARC.
  2. Press the Project tab from the top menu bar in ARC.
  3. Press Add Control from the button ribbon bar in ARC.
  4. Choose the Audio category tab.
  5. Press the Soundboard (PC) icon to add the control to your project.
This Soundboard will play MP3 or WAV files out of the selected default sound output device on your computer. Load files into the tracklist, and use the Play button to trigger them. This is a great solution for adding digital sound effects to your project.

Main Window




1. Stop Button
This button stops the audio coming from the Soundboard.

2. Clean Button
If audio files are deleted from the tracklist they will leave a blank row. This button removes the blank rows from the tracklist.

3. Track Number Column
This column is where the track number is listed. These numbers are important when using controlCommand() scripts.

4. Tracklist Column
This column is where the track titles (+ file format) are listed. Left-click on this area to add a track to the corresponding numbered row.

5. Track Management Buttons
These buttons play the audio, delete the track, and export the track to your computer.

Settings




1. Title Field
This field contains the title of the skill. You can change it if you'd like. *Note: Changing the title will also change the title in the controlCommand() associated with this skill.

2. Sound Complete Script
This script executes after a track is finished playing.

How to Use Soundboard (EZB)


1) Add the Soundboard (PC) Skill to your ARC project (Project -> Add Skill -> Audio -> Soundboard (PC)).

2) Click on the skill's Track List then find and add an .mp3 or .wav file to the Soundboard.

3) Ensure you have your sound output device configured properly then press the play button and listen for audio to come out of the computer's internal or external speakers.

Code Samples


Every Soundboard ControlCommand() is published in the Cheat Sheet tab. Pressing the Cheat Sheet tab will display the ControlCommands() for all skills, including the Soundboard. To play/stop a track from a script, you would use commands such as:

controlCommand("Soundboard", "Track_0")
controlCommand("Soundboard", "Track_Random")
controlCommand("Soundboard", "Stop")


Requirements


Internal or external sound card on your computer. For an external sound card you could use a cheap $1.99 eBay USB sound card attached to some computer speakers.

Resources


To create your own sound recordings or edits to play in the Soundboard you can use open source audio software such as Audacity. Note that the sound files will have to be saved in .wav or .mp3 format. Here's a community tutorial on using Audactiy for sound clips.

There's a also a community tutorial for using the Soundboard skill in general: here