#include <allegro5/allegro_audio.h>

An ALLEGRO_AUDIO_STREAM object is used to stream generated audio to the sound device, in real-time. This is done by reading from a buffer, which is split into a number of fragments. Whenever a fragment has finished playing, the user can refill it with new data.

As with ALLEGRO_SAMPLE_INSTANCE(3) objects, streams store information necessary for playback, so you may not play the same stream multiple times simultaneously. Streams also need to be attached to an ALLEGRO_MIXER(3), which, eventually, reaches an ALLEGRO_VOICE(3) object.

While playing, you must periodically fill fragments with new audio data. To know when a new fragment is ready to be filled, you can either directly check with al_get_available_audio_stream_fragments(3), or listen to events from the stream.

You can register an audio stream event source to an event queue; see al_get_audio_stream_event_source(3). An ALLEGRO_EVENT_AUDIO_STREAM_FRAGMENT(3) event is generated whenever a new fragment is ready. When you receive an event, use al_get_audio_stream_fragment(3) to obtain a pointer to the fragment to be filled. The size and format are determined by the parameters passed to al_create_audio_stream(3).

If you’re late with supplying new data, the stream will be silent until new data is provided. You must call al_drain_audio_stream(3) when you’re finished with supplying data to the stream.

If the stream is created by al_load_audio_stream(3) or al_play_audio_stream(3) then it will also generate an ALLEGRO_EVENT_AUDIO_STREAM_FINISHED(3) event if it reaches the end of the file and is not set to loop.

Allegro reference manual