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A library for working with audio buffers

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A library for working with audio buffers

The buffer is constructed similarly to a Vec<Vec<T>>, except the interior vector has a fixed size. And the buffer makes no attempt to clear data which is freed when using functions such as Dynamic::resize.

Formats and topologies

The following are the three canonical audio formats which are supported by this library:

  • dynamic - where each channel is stored in its own heap-allocated buffer.
  • interleaved - where each channel is interleaved, like 0:0, 1:0, 1:0, 1:1.
  • sequential - where each channel is stored in a linear buffer, one after another. Like 0:0, 0:1, 1:0, 1:0.

These all implement the Channels and ChannelsMut traits, allowing library authors to abstract over any one specific format. The exact channel and frame count of a buffer is known as its topology.

use rotary::ChannelsMut as _;

let mut dynamic = rotary::dynamic![[0i16; 4]; 2];
let mut interleaved = rotary::interleaved![[0i16; 4]; 2];
let mut sequential = rotary::sequential![[0i16; 4]; 2];


We also support wrapping external buffers so that they can interoperate like other rotary buffers.

Example: play-mp3

Play an mp3 file with minimp3-rs, cpal, and rubato for resampling.

This example can handle with any channel and sample rate configuration.

cargo run --release --package rotary-examples --bin play-mp3 -- path/to/file.mp3


use rand::Rng as _;

let mut buffer = rotary::Dynamic::<f32>::new();


/// Fill both channels with random noise.
let mut rng = rand::thread_rng();
rng.fill(&mut buffer[0]);
rng.fill(&mut buffer[1]);

For convenience we also provide several macros for constructing various forms of dynamic audio buffers. These should mostly be used for testing.

let mut buf = rotary::Dynamic::<f32>::with_topology(4, 8);

for channel in &mut buf {
    for f in channel {
        *f = 2.0;

assert_eq! {
    rotary::dynamic![[2.0; 8]; 4],

assert_eq! {
    rotary::dynamic![[2.0, 2.0, 2.0, 2.0, 2.0, 2.0, 2.0, 2.0]; 4],

License: MIT/Apache-2.0