Copy block (mono->stereo)

Pretty simple question, I think. I have this code:

//create an audio block that points to the data in a buffer (4 channels)
dsp::AudioBlock<float> block(buffer);
//get a single channel
dsp::AudioBlock<float> scBlock = block.getSingleChannelBlock(channel);
//take the block and make it stereo, for conv engine.

The buffer has 4 channels in. Channel at this point is 0 so I am getting the first channel and turning it into a block, so I can later use the dsp::convolution engine.

My question: how can I make my single channel audio block into a stereo block where the left and right channels are actually identical (copies of the channel)?

The reason I am asking is because it seems that the convolution engine is not convolving the L and R channels since I am feeding it a mono signal. I was hoping it would get a mono signal and copy it for me.

I am obviously incredibly new at this. If you must, rip me a new one.

I am pretty old at this and still regularly confused with all the audio buffer things in JUCE. :wink: Sorry I can’t help you further right now, I’d need to do some test code to understand how to get the behavior you need.

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The AudioBlock only references the data.
But you can simply copy the data in AudioBuffer before you create the AudioBlock from it.

Simply use AudioBuffer::copyFrom()

buffer.copyFrom (1, 0, buffer.getReadPointer (0), buffer.getNumSamples());

Another method inside AudioBlock, you use AudioBlock::getSingleChannelBlock(), that you already found.
I haven’t tried, but I think this should work:

const auto left  = block.getSingleChannelBlock (0);
auto       right = block.getSingleChannelBlock (1);
right.copy (left);

Hope that helps.

@Xenakios No worries. Thanks for the encouragement.
@daniel I will try those methods. I thought about making anew buffer with two channels too but to be honest the documentation is super confusing to me. I guess I will keep trying. My professor said he was willing to help tomorrow. I will update once I find my solution. Thanks!

Solution: in processor header make a dummy audio buffer.

AudioBuffer<float> dummyBuffer;

Then in the process method I allocate space

dummyBuffer.setSize(2, buffer.getNumSamples());

and I copy from the appropriate channel from buffer:

auto* inData = buffer.getReadPointer (0);//followed by 1, 2, 3 (I have four inputs)

dummyBuffer.copyFrom(0, 0, inData, buffer.getNumSamples());//channel 0
dummyBuffer.copyFrom(1, 0, inData, buffer.getNumSamples());//channel 1

You should avoid doing that in the process method. A better place to allocate is in the prepareToPlay method.

Also, WorkBuffer or similar might be a bit more descriptive name for the buffer. :slight_smile: (I use DummyBuffer or similar if the object truly is something that isn’t really used but is required by some other part in the code.)

I did now, you are right.

Potatoe, potato :potato::potato::potato:

Thanks ya’ll. Unfortunately my goal has not yet been reached but this milestone is complete. We can mark this as resolved.