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Tremor is a fixed-point version of the Ogg Vorbis decoder for those platforms that can't do floating point math.



You will probably want to use the Tremor main branch. You can check it out here:

git clone

It contains some optimizations for ARM and the overall lowest computational complexity. It should run on most devices with a few hundred KB of codec RAM. The configure script should automatically enable ARM assembly code on ARM systems, however you can also force it by defining _ARM_ASSEM_.


Tremor currently does not have CPU specific optimization for less common embedded CPUs. In this case the main branch will probably give very good performance if CPU optimized fixed point multiply and complex multiply functions are added.

Texas Instruments TMS320C55x DSP Family

Download the generic lowmem source using Subversion. This is probably the version you want to start working with for a DSP, but may be slower on normal CPUs.

git checkout lowmem There is also a no-byte branch for platforms whose smallest data unit is larger than 8 bits.

Required / Suggested Changes to the code as downloaded:

  • Roland Wintersteller's various fixes

See the mailing list entry

  • Johannes Sandvall's performance improvements

See the mailing list entry

  • alloca removal

The TI compiler does not support this.

  • misc compiler warning fixes
  • hooks to TI DSPLIB functions cfft3216_NOSCALE and cbrev32

These are part of the TI DSPLIB which can be downloaded from the TI website.

Memory Usage

The exact memory requirements for Tremor depend on the file to be decoded as Vorbis allows encoders to use different features in different files. Typical Vorbis files will need several hundred KB of memory (this includes the binary as well as malloc buffers) in the main branch, and somewhat less in the lowmem branch. Some very old (and rare) files may need 500KB or more to decode. Systems with much less then 250KB of codec memory should probably use the slower low memory branch, and should take care to fail gracefully if a call to malloc fails. This will result in the overwhelming majority of Vorbis files decoding correctly.