Borrow check help- value borrowed after move

Hi, I was looking at a tutorial for a wavetable synthesizer and am trying to go a little deeper, no I am trying to use a function to change the value of a member variable in a struct but I am coming to the error:

borrow of moved value: oscillator
value borrowed here after moverustcClick for full compiler diagnostic, 26): oscillator moved due to this method call, 9): move occurs because oscillator has type WavetableOscillator, which does not implement the Copy trait, 27): this function takes ownership of the receiver self, which moves oscillator

I pasted my code below the error is at line 261 where I make the function call "oscillator.set_frequency(freq)". I have been trying to wrap my mind around this but I dont know where to go from here. Can someone help?

use rodio::Sink;
use rodio::source::SineWave;
use sdl2::pixels::Color;
use sdl2::event::Event;
use sdl2::keyboard::{Keycode, KeyboardState};
use sdl2::video::WindowContext;
use sdl2::rect::Rect;
use sdl2::render::{WindowCanvas, TextureCreator};
use sdl2::ttf;
use sdl2::keyboard::Scancode;

use rodio::{OutputStream, source::Source};

use std::ops::Div;
use std::time::Duration;
use std::path::Path;

use enum_iterator::{all, cardinality, first, last, next, previous, reverse_all, Sequence};
use enum_map::{enum_map, Enum, EnumMap};

const SampleRate: usize = 44100;
const DesiredFreq: usize = 30;
const waveformSampleCount: usize = SampleRate/ DesiredFreq;

//for now just populated with sin vals
/* fn populate_tables(wavetable: &mut wavetable) -> Result<(), String> {
    for i in 0..waveformSampleCount {
        wavetable.samples.push((i as f32 * 2.0 * std::f32::consts::PI as f32/ waveformSampleCount as f32).sin());



pub struct Wavetable_settings {
    pub waveform_length: usize,
    pub dimension_count: usize,
    pub waveforms_per_dim: usize,
    pub base_freq: f32,

pub struct wavetable{
    pub settings: Wavetable_settings,
    pub samples: Vec<f32>,

pub struct Wavetable_handle {
    pub table: &'static mut wavetable,

    pub sample_ix: f32,

    pub mixes: Vec<f32>,

    pub mixes_for_sample : Vec<f32>,

    pub sample_buffer: Vec<f32>,

    pub frequency_buffer: Vec<f32>,
} */

//implement semitone calculation

//enum variants cant be used as params
//midi note freq is 0 - 127 or a u8 value
// fn calc_semitonefreq(key: i32) -> f32{

// }

struct WavetableOscillator {
    sample_rate: u32,
    wave_table: Vec<f32>,
    index: f32,
    index_increment: f32,

impl WavetableOscillator {
    fn new(sample_rate: u32, wave_table: Vec<f32>) -> WavetableOscillator {
        return WavetableOscillator {
            sample_rate: sample_rate,
            wave_table: wave_table,
            index: 0.0,
            index_increment: 0.0,
    fn set_frequency(&mut self, frequency: f32) {
        self.index_increment = frequency * self.wave_table.len() as f32 / self.sample_rate as f32;

    fn get_sample(&mut self) -> f32 {
        let sample = self.lerp();
        self.index += self.index_increment;
        self.index %= self.wave_table.len() as f32;
        return sample;

    fn lerp(&self) -> f32 {
        let truncated_index = self.index as usize;
        let next_index = (truncated_index + 1) % self.wave_table.len();
        let next_index_weight = self.index - truncated_index as f32;
        let truncated_index_weight = 1.0 - next_index_weight;

        return truncated_index_weight * self.wave_table[truncated_index] 
               + next_index_weight * self.wave_table[next_index];

impl Source for WavetableOscillator {
    fn channels(&self) -> u16 {
        return 1;

    fn sample_rate(&self) -> u32 {
        return self.sample_rate;

    fn current_frame_len(&self) -> Option<usize> {
        return None;

    fn total_duration(&self) -> Option<Duration> {
        return None;

impl Iterator for WavetableOscillator {
    type Item = f32;
    fn next(&mut self) -> Option<Self::Item> {
        return Some(self.get_sample());

//  impl Clone for WavetableOscillator{
//      fn clone(&self) -> Self {

//          let  clone_table =self.wave_table.clone();
//         return WavetableOscillator { sample_rate: self.sample_rate, wave_table: clone_table, index: self.index, index_increment: self.index_increment }

//      }

//      fn clone_from(&mut self, original: &Self) {}
//  }

fn render(canvas: &mut WindowCanvas, color: Color, font: &sdl2::ttf::Font, texture_creator: &TextureCreator<WindowContext>, txt_inj: &mut String) -> Result<(), String> {

    if (txt_inj.len() >0){
    let surface = font.render(&txt_inj)
    .blended(Color::RGBA(255 -color.r, 255 -color.g, 255 - color.b, 255 -color.a))
    .map_err(|e| e.to_string())?;

    let texture = texture_creator
    .map_err(|e| e.to_string())?;

    let target = Rect::new(10 as i32, 0 as i32, 200 as u32, 100 as u32);
    canvas.copy(&texture, None, Some(target))?;

    if txt_inj.len() > 30 {

fn main() -> Result<(), String> {

let SEMITONE_RATIO: f32 = 2.0_f32.powf(1.0/12.0); // approx 1.0594631
let NOTE_C5: f32 = 220.0 * SEMITONE_RATIO.powi(3);
let NOTE_C0: f32 = NOTE_C5 * 0.5_f32.powi(5);

    let sdl_context = sdl2::init()?;
    let video_subsystem =;
    //prep fonts
    let ttf_context = sdl2::ttf::init().map_err(|e| e.to_string())?; 
    let font_path: &Path = Path::new(&"fonts/OpenSans-BoldItalic.ttf");
    let mut font = ttf_context.load_font(font_path, 128)?;
    let window = video_subsystem.window("game window", 600, 800)
    .expect("could not create video subsystem");

    let mut canvas = window.into_canvas().build()
    .expect("could not create canvas");
    let texture_creator = canvas.texture_creator();
    let mut event_pump = sdl_context.event_pump()?;
    let mut text: String = "".to_string();

    let wave_table_size = 64;
    let mut wave_table: Vec<f32> = Vec::with_capacity(wave_table_size);
    for n in 0..wave_table_size {
        wave_table.push((2.0 * std::f32::consts::PI * n as f32 / wave_table_size as f32).sin());
    let mut oscillator = WavetableOscillator::new(44100, wave_table);
    text = "".to_string();
    let (_stream, stream_handle) = OutputStream::try_default().unwrap();
    let src = oscillator.convert_samples::<f32>();
    let  sink = Sink::try_new(&stream_handle).unwrap();


    let mut i =0;

    'running: loop {
        for event in event_pump.poll_iter() {
            match event {
                Event::Quit {..} => {
                    break 'running;
                Event::KeyDown { keycode: Some(Keycode::Escape), .. } => {
                    break 'running;
                Event::KeyDown { timestamp , window_id , keycode, scancode, keymod, repeat } =>{
                    let freq = NOTE_C0 * SEMITONE_RATIO.powi(76);
                    let comp = String::from("D");
                    if keycode.unwrap().to_string().eq(&comp) {
                        println!("new freq{}, ratio {}", freq, SEMITONE_RATIO);
                    //println!("key: {}, freq: {}",keycode.unwrap().to_string(), oscillator.get_sample());

                Event::KeyUp { timestamp, window_id, keycode, scancode, keymod, repeat } => {
                _ => {} 

        i = (i+1) %255;

        render(&mut canvas, Color::RGB(i,64, 255-i),&font,&texture_creator, &mut text)?;

        std::thread::sleep(Duration::new(0,1_000_000_000u32 / 60));

Your code is incomplete, but watch out for fn convert_samples(self) instead of fn convert_samples(&self).

In Rust non-copyable values can only exist in one place at a time. When a function takes argument not by reference, that's a move. When a value is moved into a function, it's given to the function for exclusive use, any previous location of it is no longer valid. It it ends up in the function never comes back, so a next use outside of the function won't be allowed.

If you just temporarily loan a value to a function using a reference, you don't lose the value and you can use it again.

Also when you have simple structs like Wavetable_settings, add #[derive(Copy, Clone)] to them. That allows them to be implicitly copied instead of moved, which avoids fighting with the borrow checker.

BTW: &'static mut is a leaked memory. You probably never want to use this. pub table: &'static mut wavetable could have been pub table: wavetable (all fields are mutable), or pub table: Box<wavetable> if you want to store it "by reference".

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The method convert_samples() takes ownership of self because it wraps the underlying Source in an adapter that converts the output Samples (it mimics the iterator adapters in std). Once the Source has been wrapped in the adapter, you should access it using methods like inner_mut() on the adapter (stored as src in your code), rather than trying to reuse the original Source (oscillator in your code), which has been moved.

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