Generates a square wave of the specified frequency (and 50% duty cycle) on a pin. A duration can be specified, otherwise the wave continues until a call to noTone(). The pin can be connected to a piezo buzzer or other speaker to play tones.
Only one tone can be generated at a time. If a tone is already playing on a different pin, the call to tone() will have no effect. If the tone is playing on the same pin, the call will set its frequency.
Use of the tone() function will interfere with PWM output on pins 3 and 11 (on boards other than the Mega).
It is not possible to generate tones lower than 31Hz.http://arduino.cc/en/reference/tone
Replacement to the standard Arduino tone library with twice the volume, higher quality and higher frequency.
The library is named toneAC because it produces an alternating current (AC) between two pins. The ATmega's PWM takes care of this so the accuracy is exact. When you send a tone to a speaker with the standard tone library, the loudest is at 50% duty cycle (only on half the time). Which at 5 volts, is like sending only 2.5v to the speaker. With toneAC, we're sending out of phase signals on two pins. So in effect, the speaker is getting 5 volts instead of 2.5, making it nearly twice as loud. The sound quality difference has to do with allowing the Arduino's PWM to take care of everything and careful programming. Longer piezo life happens because instead of driving the transducer disc only ever in one direction (deforming the disc and reducing sound and quality), it drives it in both directions keeping the disc uniform.
Nearly twice the volume (because it uses two out of phase pins in push/pull fashion)
Higher quality (less clicking)
Capability of producing higher frequencies (even if running at a lower clock speed)
Nearly 1.5k smaller compiled code
Bug fixes (standard tone library can generate some odd and unpredictable results)
Can set not only the frequency but also the sound volume
Less stress on the speaker so it will last longer and sound better
Disadvantages are that it must use certain pins and it uses two pins instead of one. But, if you're flexible with your pin choices, this is a great upgrade. It also uses timer 1 instead of timer 2, which may free up a conflict you have with the tone library. It exclusively uses port registers for the fastest and smallest code possible.http://playground.arduino.cc/Code/ToneAC