This Technical Note formerly described how to use the Sound Driver to produce
continuous sound without clicking.
[Jun 01 1989]
Apple currently discourages use of the Sound Driver due to compatibility
issues. The hardware support for sound designed into the early Macintosh
architecture was minimal. (Many things have changed since 1983-1984.) The new
Macintosh computers contain a custom chip to provide better support for sound,
namely the Apple Sound Chip (ASC). The ASC is present in the complete
Macintosh II family as well as the Macintosh SE/30 and later machines. When
the older hardware of the Macintosh Plus and SE are accessed, it is likely to
cause a click. This click is a hardware problem. The software solution to
this problem was to continuously play silence. This is not a real solution to
the problem and is not advisable for the following reasons:
- The Sound Driver is no longer supported. There have always been, and still
are, bugs in the glue code for
- The Sound Driver may not be present in future System Software releases, or
future hardware may not be able to support it. The Sound Manager is the
application's interface to the sound hardware.
- The technique used to create a continuous sound should have only been used on
a Macintosh Plus or SE, since these are the only models that have the
"embarrassing click." Do not use this method on a Macintosh which has the
Apple Sound Chip.
- Using the continuous sound technique, or the Sound Driver for that matter,
will cause problems for the system and those applications that properly use the
Sound Manager. Also realize that
_SysBeep, which is a common routine
that everything uses, is a Sound Manager routine.
- The continuous sound technique wastes CPU time by playing silence. With
multimedia applications and the advent of MultiFinder, it is important to allow
the CPU to do as much work as possible. The continuous sound technique used
the CPU to continuously play silence, thus stealing valuable time from other,
more important, jobs.
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The Sound Manager, Interim Chapter by Jim Reekes, October 2, 1988
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