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September 21, 2012

Live audio input comes to Google's Chrome Canary

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Chris Rogers noted on the W3C WG's public list that realtime audio input is now possible in the latest Mac version of Canary. Here's what Chris had to say about using the feature:

I'm very happy to announce early support for live audio input with the Web Audio API in Chrome Canary (Mac-only for now, but Windows coming).

To try it out:

  1. Launch Chrome Canary
  2. As a one-time configuration, go to "about:flags" (in the address bar) and enable "Web Audio Input" -- then click on "Relaunch Now" button at the bottom
  3. Try a very simple and basic demo
  4. You'll be asked for permission to use your "microphone" (could be any live audio source) -- click on "Allow" (please note that the actual input source in the "Options" menu will *currently* be ignored and your default audio input device will always be used)

Check it out!