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1. Evaluate the segment expression segexpr, using the sampling rate and the length of the current soundfile (see LOAD SOUNDFILE).

SEGMENT segexpr [/S | /?]
the segment expression to be evaluated
/S, /?
silent error handling; generate warnings rather than errors.

2. Evaluate the segment expression segexpr, using the specified sampling rate and length.

SEGMENT segexpr sr l [/S | /?]
sampling rate in Hz
maximum signal duration in samples

3. Evaluate the segment expression segexpr, using the sampling rate and the segment definitions stored in the xml-file item xitem.

SEGMENT segexpr xmlfile srattr segtag idattr pattr lattr [/S | /?]
a xml-file item containing the metadata; the selected element must contain soundfile metadata and the segment definitions must be stored as child elements
the xml attribute of the selected element containing the sampling rate (in Hz)
the xml element tag used for segment definitions
idattr, pattr, lattr
the xml attributes used in the segment definition elements to specifiy the segment id (idattr) and its starting position (pattr) and length (lattr)
  • success: bseg eseg lseg - the return value is the begin (bseg), end (eseg) and length (lseg) of the segment specified by the segment expression. The variable RC is set to 0.
  • error: the command returns the empty string and the error- or warning-code is stored in variable RC
The segment expression segexpr specifies a position in a signal or the begin and end of a part of a signal.
segexpr description
bexpr a position (label) at bexpr
bexpr_eexpr a segment with begin bexpr and end expr
bexpr_+lexpr a segment with begin bexpr and length lexpr (end = bexpr+lexpr)
eexpr_-lexpr a segment with end eexpr and length lexpr (begin = eexpr-lexpr)
Each part (bexpr, eexpr and lexpr) of the segment expression specifies a time in samples and may consist of one or more time values which are joined with the operator + (add) or - (subtract).
value description value in samples comment
x x samples x
xs x seconds x * sr
xms x milliseconds x / 1000 * sr
xHz periode of a signal with x Hz sr / x
xkHz periode of a signal with x kHz sr / (x * 1000)
x% x percent of the signal length l * x / 100 usage 1 and 2 only
x%% x per mill of the signal length l * x / 1000 usage 1 and 2 only
segid:b begin of the segment with id segid usage 3 only
segid:e end of the segment with id segid usage 3 only
segid:l length of the segment with id segid usage 3 only

Segment Expressions

STx uses a special syntax to address a segment of a sound file. The syntax allows for the mixed use of segment names and time values in a complex expression known as a "segment expression". Segment expressions can be used in all commands and dialogs where a signal segment (or position/duration) can be specified (exceptions are described in the Command Reference). In dialogs, the supported value formats/types are always described in the control/dialog caption.


A label expression is a position in a sound file (e.g. the begin/end of a segment) or the duration of a segment. A label expression may consist of a sign (+/-) and one or more values formatted as described below and combined with the operators + (add) or – (subtract). If a label expression contains blanks, it must be quoted when used as an argument.

label expression explanation
segmentname:B start time of segment segmentname
segmentname:E end time of segment segmentname
segmentname:L duration (length) of segment segmentname
numberS time in seconds
numberMS time in milliseconds
number number of samples


A segment expression addresses a part of a soundfile with a non-zero duration. It can consist of (1) a segment name or (2) two label expressions specifying the beginning and end or (3) two label expressions specifying a position and the duration.

segment expression explanation
labelexpression_labelexpression (beginning and end)
labelexpression_+labelexpression (beginning and duration)
labelexpression_-labelexpression (end and duration)



addresses 0 samples to 4 seconds


addresses 100 samples after the beginning of SegmentB for a duration of 10 seconds


addresses SegmentB


addresses the beginning of SegmentA to the end of SegmentB


addresses 100 milliseconds before the end of SegmentB to the end of SegmentB

Notes: For some expressions, the values number% (percentage of the full duration) and number%% (thousandths of the full duration) can be used, but only if the 'full signal' is available/defined (e.g. for envelopes of sequence signals).A segmentname can only be used if a sound file or an audio-element of an XML-file is involved in the expression evaluation.Segment names are case sensitive!

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