OpenSound Control Spec Examples

version 1.0, March 29 2002, Matt Wright

This document provides examples to support the OpenSound
Control Specification


OSC-string examples

The string "OSC" is represented as an OSC-string with these four

O S C \0

The string "data" is represented as an OSC-string with these eight

d a t a \0 \0 \0 \0

OSC Type Tag String Examples

Example OSC Type Tag Strings
Argument types OSC Type Tag String
One float32 argument ",f"
Two int32 arguments followed by one OSC-string argument followed by three
float32 arguments
No arguments ","
An int32 argument followed by two OSC-blob arguments ",ibb"

OSC Address Examples

Suppose a particular OSC Address Space includes an OSC Method with the name
"frequency". This method is contained in an OSC Container with the
name "3", which is contained in another OSC container named "resonators",
which is contained in the OSC container that is the root of the address space
tree. The method's OSC Address is "/resonators/3/frequency".

The OSC Address "/a/b/c/d/e" means that:

OSC Address Parts Examples

There are three parts of the OSC Address "/a/b/cde": "a",
"b", and "cde". Note that the last part is the name of the
OSC Method and the other parts are the names of the OSC Containers that (recursively)
contain the method.

There are three parts of the OSC Address pattern "/?/b/*c": "?",
"b", and "*c".

OSC Message Examples

In each of these examples, each byte of a message is printed first in hexadecimal,
followed by the corresponding ASCII character in parentheses.

The OSC Message with the OSC Address Pattern "/oscillator/4/frequency"
and the floating point number 440.0 as the single argument would be represented
by the following 32-byte message:

 2f (/)  6f (o)  73 (s)  63 (c)
69 (i) 6c (l) 6c (l) 61 (a)
74 (t) 6f (o) 72 (r) 2f (/)
34 (4) 2f (/) 66 (f) 72 (r)
65 (e) 71 (q) 75 (u) 65 (e)
6e (n) 63 (c) 79 (y) 0 ()
2c (,) 66 (f) 0 () 0 ()
43 (C) dc (Ü) 0 () 0 ()

The next example shows the 40 bytes in the representation of the OSC Message
with OSC Address Pattern "/foo" and 5 arguments:

  1. The int32 1000
  2. The int32 -1
  3. The string "hello"
  4. The float32 1.234
  5. The float32 5.678
 2f (/)  66 (f)  6f (o)  6f (o)
0 () 0 () 0 () 0 ()
2c (,) 69 (i) 69 (i) 73 (s)
66 (f) 66 (f) 0 () 0 ()
0 () 0 () 3 () e8 (è)
ff (ÿ) ff (ÿ) ff (ÿ) ff (ÿ)
68 (h) 65 (e) 6c (l) 6c (l)
6f (o) 0 () 0 () 0 ()
3f (?) 9d () f3 (ó) b6 (¶)
40 (@) b5 (µ) b2 (”) 2d (-)

Order of Invocation of OSC Methods matched
by OSC Messages in an OSC Bundle

Suppose an OSC Servers' OSC Address Space includes methods with the following
OSC Addresses:

Suppose an OSC Bundle is received that contains three OSC Messages, and that
the three OSC Messages have these OSC Address Patterns:

  1. /first/this/one
  2. /second/[1-2]
  3. /third/*

Six methods will be invoked in this order:

(1) First /first/this/one, since that OSC Address Pattern appeared first in
the OSC Bundle; then

(2-3) Either /second/1 followed /second/2 or /second/2 followed by /second/1;

(3-6) /third/a, /third/b, and /third/c, in any order.

There are twelve possible orders in which an OSC server may invoke these six

  1. /first/this/one, /second/1, /second/2, /third/a, /third/b, /third/c
  2. /first/this/one, /second/1, /second/2, /third/a, /third/c, /third/b
  3. /first/this/one, /second/1, /second/2, /third/b, /third/a, /third/c
  4. /first/this/one, /second/1, /second/2, /third/b, /third/c, /third/a
  5. /first/this/one, /second/1, /second/2, /third/c, /third/a, /third/b
  6. /first/this/one, /second/1, /second/2, /third/c, /third/b, /third/a
  7. /first/this/one, /second/2, /second/1, /third/a, /third/b, /third/c
  8. /first/this/one, /second/2, /second/1, /third/a, /third/c, /third/b
  9. /first/this/one, /second/2, /second/1, /third/b, /third/a, /third/c
  10. /first/this/one, /second/2, /second/1, /third/b, /third/c, /third/a
  11. /first/this/one, /second/2, /second/1, /third/c, /third/a, /third/b
  12. /first/this/one, /second/2, /second/1, /third/c, /third/b, /third/a