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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for play (redhat section 1)

play(1) 						      General Commands Manual							   play(1)

play - play any sound file to audio device rec - record audio to any sound file format
play [fopts] infile [effect] rec [fopts] outfile [effect]
This manual page briefly documents the play and rec commands. play and rec are programs that allow you to play and record different types of sound files from the command line. They are front ends to the more general sox(1) package. Normally, the play command will automatically detect the type and other parameters of the soundfile. If it can't do so, the parameters can be changed through options.
A summary of common options are included below. For a complete description of options and their values, see the sox(1) man page. -c [channels], --channels=[channels] Define the number of channels in the file. -d [device], --device=[device] Specify a different device to play the sound file to. -f [format], --format=[format] Specify bit format of the sample. One of s, u, U, A, a, or g. -r [rate], --rate=[rate] Specify the sample rate of the audio data (samples per second). -s [size], --size=[size] Specify the width of each sample. One of b, w, l, f, d, or D. -t [type], --type=[type] Specify audio file format to use. Useful if it can not be automatically determined. -v [volume], --volume=[volume] Change the audio volume -x , --xinu Reverse the byte order of the sample (only works with 16 and 32-bit data). -h, --help Show summary of options. --version Show version of play/rec. Description of effects are described in the sox(1) man page.
sox(1) soxexam(1)
This manual page was written by Guenter Geiger <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system. Updates by Anonymous. December 11, 2001 play(1)