adplay - AdPlay/UNIX console-based OPL2 audio player
AdPlay/UNIX is AdPlug's UNIX console-based frontend. It tries to play back all
given FILEs, using one of many available output mechanisms.
AdPlay/UNIX plays endlessly, if only one file is given. With multiple files, it
plays them in a sequence and exits after the last file. The same can also be
accomplished with only one file, by using the -o
option. When using the
disk writer, -o
returns 0 on successful operation. 1 is returned otherwise.
AdPlay/UNIX can play back using many different output mechanisms, which can be
selected with the -O
argument. The availability of a method depends on
compile-time settings. Available methods are printed out after the help text,
displayed with --help
Next is a brief description of all output mechanisms, following their
This output method is available on most Linux and other UNIX systems.
Discards anything sent to it. It can be useful for testing purposes.
Writes its output to a file in Microsoft RIFF WAVE format.
Creates a socket connection to an EsounD server and streams the audio to it.
Uses the QNX system's standard output method.
Uses the SDL library for sound output. The library has a broader platform
support than any of the other output methods. Thus, it could be useful on some
Uses the standard output method on newer Linux systems.
Libao is a cross-platform audio library with very broad platform support. Might
be useful on systems, where SDL is not available, and generally to do tricky
The order of the option commandline parameters is not important, except for the
option, which always has to be specified after an -O
- -O, --output=OUTPUT
- Specify output mechanism. Available mechanisms depend on
compilation settings and are printed on --help output. A reasonable
default is automatically selected, based on the availability of the output
- -d --device=FILE
- Set sound output device file to FILE. This is
/dev/dsp by default.
- -d --device=FILE
- Write sound data to FILE. The data is written in Microsoft
RIFF WAVE format (little-endian). You can specify a single '-' to write to
stdout instead. This option has no default and must be specified when the
disk writer is to be used!
- -d --device=URL
- Connect to "hostname:port" combination in URL.
Example: "myhost.sound.net:1234". The default is
- -d --device=DEVICE
- Set sound output device to DEVICE. This is
plughw:0,0 by default.
- -8, --8bit
- Use only 8-bit samples for playback.
- Use only 16-bit samples for playback (default).
- -f, --freq=FREQ
- Set playback frequency to FREQ, in Hz. This is 44100Hz by
- Use only stereo samples for playback. The sound stream is
just doubled, no further audio processing is done. This option is pretty
useless unless you have very obscure audio hardware that only accepts
stereo streams. AdPlug only generates mono streams because the OPL2 only
generates mono sound.
- Use only mono samples for playback (default if AdPlug <=
- Use only stereo samples for playback, but generate them
from two mono OPL2 chips. One OPL2 chip is very slightly transposed to
produce a pleasant harmonic/surround sound effect (default if AdPlug >=
- -b --buffer=SIZE
- Set sound buffer size to SIZE samples. If you notice sound
skipping with the default setting, try a greater buffer size. Note that
this is measured in samples, not bytes! This is 2048 samples by default.
Only the OSS, SDL, ALSA and libao output drivers support this option.
- -i --instruments
- Display instrument names (if available).
- -r --realtime
- Display realtime playback information, while playing. This
will display a one-line status bar, containing essential playback
- -m --message
- Display the song message (if available).
- -s --subsong=N
- Play subsong number N, instead of the default subsong of
the file. Only useful for file formats that support multiple
- -o --once
- Play just once, don't loop. This will exit adplay
after the song ended. This is the default when multiple FILEs are
- -D, --database=FILE
- Additionally use database file FILE. This option may be
specified multiple times. Each database file is additionally merged with
the others, creating one large database on the fly.
- -q, --quiet
- Be more quiet.
- -v, --verbose
- Be more verbose.
- -h, --help
- Show summary of options.
- -V, --version
- Show version of program.
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