Audio Class
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Audio Class

Provides methods for playing sounds.

Namespace: Microsoft.VisualBasic.Devices
Assembly: Microsoft.VisualBasic (in microsoft.visualbasic.dll)

public class Audio
public class Audio
public class Audio
Not applicable.

For more detailed information, see the Visual Basic topic My.Computer.Audio Object.

You can use the My.Computer.Audio.Play and My.Computer.Audio.PlaySystemSound methods to play .wav sound files and system sounds.

The following table lists examples of tasks involving the My.Computer.Audio object.



Play a sound in the background.

How to: Play Sounds in Visual Basic

Play a sound once and wait for completion.

How to: Play Sounds And Wait For Completion in Visual Basic

Play a sound many times.

How to: Play Looping Sounds in Visual Basic

Stop a sound playing in the background.

How to: Stop Playing Sounds in the Background in Visual Basic

The My.Computer.Audio.Play method plays the specified sound in the background when AudioPlayMode.Background is specified.

Sub PlayBackgroundSoundFile()
    My.Computer.Audio.Play("C:\Waterfall.wav", _
End Sub

This code can run only within a Windows Forms application.

The file name should reference a .wav sound file on your system.

To simplify the management of your sound files, consider storing the files as application resources. The files can then be accessed through the My.Resources Object.


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0
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