http://www.jsresources.org/faq_audio.html#sec_ports On second read i think this link is a variant of java
I was reading and found this article over how audio is accessed via ports and how to control the volume and mixers on a systems soundcard. But i am also concerned with how an applet embedded in html sends data back to the server and then to other clients within the browser. Since its not necessarily downloaded on the end clients system i wasn't sure if it used the same method to make a network connection or not. I'm probably misunderstanding this and making it more complicated then it really is.
On a side note what other things can you do buy accessing the settings of the soundcard using the methods described...on a more production level.