KorGE Audio

Korge uses KorAU for audio loading, and playback.

This library is able to load MP3, OGG and WAV files in a portable way, and it is capable of using native audio loaders.

Loading sounds and music files

For games, the recommended way of loading sounds and music files is to use the NativeSound facility. Typically the VfsFile.readSound and VfsFile.readMusic() methods:

val sound = resourcesVfs["sound.mp3"].readSound()
val music = resourcesVfs["music.mp3"].readMusic()

The difference between Sound and Music is that a Sound is fully decoded and stored at memory, while the Music file is being streamed and decoded on the fly while playing.

Playing sounds

To play a sound, you just have to call the play method:

val channel = sound.play()
val channel = sound.play(3.times)
val channel = sound.play(infiniteTimes)

It returns a channel, that you can wait for:


Optionally you listen to a callback that executes several times during the play:

channel.await { current: TimeSpan, total: TimeSpan -> // this: NativeSoundChannel

Full API:

class NativeSound {
	val length: TimeSpan
	suspend fun decode(): AudioData // Not supported on Android yet
	fun play(): NativeSoundChannel

class NativeSoundChannel {
    // Mutable
	var volume: Double
	var pitch: Double // Only implemented on OpenAL for now

    val sound: NativeSound
	val current: TimeSpan
	val total: TimeSpan
	val playing: Boolean
	fun stop(): Unit
    suspend fun await(progress: NativeSoundChannel.(current: TimeSpan, total: TimeSpan) -> Unit = { current, total -> })

Audio Streams

KorAU also supports dynamic audio generation:

// You have first to create a PlatformAudioOutput:
val audioOutput: PlatformAudioOutput = nativeSoundProvider.createAudioStream(freq = 44100)

while (true) {
    // Then you have to add samples. This function suspends, and resumes when it needs more data so it can play the data continuously. 
    // Here you can do raw manipulation, DSP, manual effects and other stuff.


The PlatformAudioOutput API:

class PlatformAudioOutput {
	val availableSamples: Int
	suspend fun add(samples: AudioSamples, offset: Int = 0, size: Int = samples.totalSamples)
	suspend fun add(data: AudioData)

Platform Format support and considerations

All the targets support WAV and MP3 files by default.


JavaScript uses the WebAudio API. Almost all the browsers limit this API after a first interaction. So you won’t be able to play sounds before the user clicks or taps.

The most widely format supported in the browsers via JavaScript is MP3. You can check the compatibility tables here:

Native (Desktop and iOS)

Native targets use OpenAL as audio backend except for Windows that uses the standard waveout API.

On native platforms there is WAV, OGG and MP3 support out of the box. Using public these domain libraries:

On linux you need to install the OpenAL development libraries: shell script sudo apt-get install -y libopenal-dev


On Android KorAU uses the Android’s MediaPlayer:


On the JVM KorAU uses javax.sound.sampled APIs.

This API supports WAV and MP3 files by default.