Music Programming with the new Features of Standard C++

TitleMusic Programming with the new Features of Standard C++
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsFreed, Adrian, and Chaudhary Amar
Conference NameInternational Computer Music Conference
PublisherInternational Computer Music Association
Conference LocationAnn, Arbor, Michigan
Abstract Object-oriented programming using C++ classes is established practice in the general programming community and is beginning in computer music applications. However, large components of computer music systems are still commonly written in the C programming language, either because object-orientation is felt unnecessary or more often because of efficiency concerns. Such concerns are central to successful implementations of reactive performance-oriented computer music systems. By judicious use of new features of the recently established ISO Standard C++ , real-time computer music applications may be developed that are more efficient and reliable than typical C programs, easier to understand and write, and easier to optimize for a particular operating environment. This paper reviews new features of ISO C++ relevant to reactive music system programming and illustrates by example a new programming style for musical applications that exploits unique strengths of C++.