A common lisp sound server and sound processing library.

About Harmony

Harmony is a library that provides you with audio processing tools as well as an audio server to play back music, sfx, and so forth. It is most suited for use in a game engine, but may feasibly also used for more advanced things such as a DAW.

Quick Start

To get running with a usable setup in no time flat, simply load harmony, an appropriate drain extension from cl-mixed, and some extension to play a file:

(ql:quickload '(harmony cl-mixed-mpg123
                #+linux cl-mixed-pulse
                #+darwin cl-mixed-coreaudio
                #+windows cl-mixed-wasapi
                #+bsd cl-mixed-oss))

Then start a server:


And we can play some stuff back:

(org.shirakumo.fraf.harmony:play #p"~/my-music.mp3" :mixer :music)

The returned voice instance can be controlled with functions like stop and mixed:volume. Please see the documentation of the voice class for more hints on possible interactions. For one more quick illustration of Harmony's capabilities, let's restart the playback, but now with a lowpass filter applied:

(org.shirakumo.fraf.harmony:stop *)
(org.shirakumo.fraf.harmony:play #p"~/my-music.mp3" :mixer :music :effects '((mixed:biquad-filter :filter :lowpass :frequency 400)))

There's a lot more that can be done, such as chaining multiple filters, controlling the amount of mixers, applying effects to entire mixers, looping playback, horizontal mixing, and more.

The default play method as shown above will always allocate the necessary objects once called, and free them once playback is finished. This can involve disk access and other slow operations. If you need your playback to occur with as little delay as possible, you should instead first use create to allocate your voice with the appropriate settings, and then play once desired. When initialised, via create, the same voice can also be re-played multiple times, but must be manually freed once no longer needed.


Environments are a way to handle music environments and horizontal mixing. To define a horizontal mixing environment, simply create an environment instance, passing the desired environment sets as :sets:

(make-instance 'org.shirakumo.fraf.harmony:environment
  :sets '((:normal #p"normal-track.mp3" #p"normal-track-calm")
          (:intense #p"intense-track.mp3")))

This defines an environment with two sets, :normal and :intense. When the normal set is playing, it will loop through normal-track and normal-track-calm. When the intense set is playing, it will loop through intense-track.

You can activate a set by using transition:

(org.shirakumo.fraf.harmony:transition * :normal)
(org.shirakumo.fraf.harmony:transition ** :intense :in 10.0)

If you'd like more fine-grained control over the segments that are being played back, you can also manually construct music-segment instances and use the transition function to fade between music-segments or change their volumes.

Also See

  • cl-mixed For the mixing and sound processing library.

System Information

Nicolas Hafner

Definition Index