June 18, 2021

W3C Announces Web Audio API Standard

W3C Announces Web Audio API Standard
W3C Announces Web Audio API Standard

The World Wide Web Consortium ( W3C), an international standards organization that manages internet protocols, has announced that the Web Audio API is now an official standard. This designation signifies that W3C has vetted the technology in an industry-inclusive manner that is intended to accelerate adoption. 

Using the JavaScript Web Audio API allows developers to manipulate audio directly in the web browser. This is useful for creating sound effects, adding audio to games, building music creation applications, and more. W3C outlines additional usage that includes, “auditory feedback in user interfaces, musical instruments, soundtracks and effects for entertainment and gaming, teaching, spatial audio for AR and VR, online audio editing apps, crossfading and compression for in-car music management, and audio analysis and visualization.”

Additionally, W3C is already working on V2 of this API, and developers are encouraged to join the conversation. Developers should make sure to check out the Documentation for both version 1 and version 2 of the API.