Hi Folks, I have added a way to vary the playback speed in mpg123 mode. I have had partial success. I can change speed just fine, but I sometimes lose the ability to go forward and backward (the "F", "f", "b" and "B" commands) in the mpeg file. As more and more spoken texts have become available in mpeg format I wanted a way to increase speed durring playback (without increasing pitch). I have found that mpg123 can do this and made a minor modification to mpg123-el to allow the user to change playback speed. Unlike changing the speed of a wav file which increases or decreases the pitch as the speed changes but does not change the quality of the playback, adding these parameters to mpg123 keep the pitch the same, change the speed but do have a detrimental effect on the quality of the playback in some cases. Mpg123 (the program, not the mode) has 2 parameters that affect playback speed "-d n" or "--doublespeed n", which multiplys speed by "n" and "-h n" or "--halfspeed n", which divides speed by "n". See the man page for mpg123 for a full explanation, but in both cases, "n" is a positive integer. So "-d 2" will double playback speed, "-h 2" will half it. Doubling speed is comparatively clean sounding. Sometimes double speed is too fast, in that case you can combine the "-d" and "-h", so that "-h 2 -d 3" will reduce the speed in half and increase that by 3, so you get 3/2 or 150% that is to say a 50% speed increase. However, while producing the desired speed increase, specifying fractional changes produce choppy sounding output and produces undesireable results when trying to move forward or backward in the playback. So, to try this out I added the -h n and -d n in mpg123.el so that from inside emacs you can manipulate the speed of playback. This is accomplished by setting the new variables "mpg123-speed-double" and "mpg123-speed-half". These variables expect to be given a positive integer enclosed in quotation marks. They each have a default setting of "1". Setting mpg123-speed-double to "2" (that is double-quote, the number two, double-quote) will double the playback speed of the mpg file without changing the pitch. As long as I only double the speed moving forward and backward in the mpeg file works as well (or as poorly) as it does normaly. Adding halfing of the speed messes up moving forward or back in the file by 1 or 10 seconds. Sometimes this does not matter, so I use it anyway. Enough babbling, for those of you who want to try this, after loading mpg123.el load mpg123-mods.el with M-x load-file. Then at any time you can do: M-x set-variable mpg123-speed-double "2" and start the playback. To go back to normal speed, change the value of mpg123-speed-double back to "1". To play with the half speed setting the variable name is mpg123-speed-half. If enough people find this usefull I will clean it up and try to make setting it more elegant. Here is mpg123-mods.el, try it out and let me know what you think.
elisp add-on to mpg123.el
-Greg -- Greg Priest-Dorman firstname.lastname@example.org