The audio component of a game, representing what the player will hear. Comprised of dialogue, music, and sound effects.

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How do audio based games such as Audiosurf and Beat Hazard work?

Note: I am not asking how to make a clone of one of these. I am asking about how they work. I'm sure everyone's seen the games where you use your own music files (or provided ones) and the games ...
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How should I adjust starting sample position of audio track to match next buffer fill?

I've written my own audio mixer. For Linux/Windows, my game uses SDL. On a small handful of Linux machines (including my laptop), SDL has a bug where it allocates a ridiculously large (about 120 ...
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How can I get a set of raw samples from an audio file in XNA 4.0?

In particular, I'd like to know how to get a set of audio samples that are compatible with the XNA's Sound API classes, such as the DynamicSoundEffectInstance class. I've used the ...
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Where can I find audio instrument samples? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find free sounds for my game? I need some sample audio (for my case, i need do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, si, do, preferably piano). Where is the best source for ...
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Using spherical harmonics to build complex sound scapes

I was having a discussion at work today on how to improve room acoustic modelling. It was suggested that very little work appears to have been done on the subject yet tonnes has been done in ...
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Proper audio formats in low resolution without gaps for a game

I'm a music composer and I have to give my first job for a game. They are working in Objective C in Xcode, it's a game for iPhone/iPad. I need to know the proper audio format to give programmers ...
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Beat detection and FFT

I am working on a platformer game which includes music with beat detection. I am currently detecting beats by checking for when the current amplitude exceeds a historical sample. This doesn't work ...
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Looking for a royalty free sci-fi sounding song thats 1:00+ long, and costs <= $5 [closed]

I'm looking for a royalty free sci-fi sounding song thats 1:00+ long, and costs less then, or is $5 usd. I want to have a nice BGM for my engine demo I'm going to release for a game I'm planing on ...
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Audio Thread as daemon thread

I'm looking to set up two threads in my puzzle game, one for logic/graphics, and one for audio. Am I correct in thinking that the thread that handles the audio should be set as a daemon thread, ...
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Playing NSF music in FMOD.net

So, as the title says, I want to be able to play NSF files using FMOD, because my project already uses FMOD and I'd rather not replace it. This will involve figuring out how existing players and ...
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Free sounds for game like geometry wars [closed]

anyone who knows where can I download sounds that are like in geometry wars for free? Public domain or license which can I use in game which would be free for phone?
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What should audio programmers know?

I'm a music composition student also getting a minor-plus-some in computer science. I love writing music and making sound effects and want to write music for games. But, I also realize everyone and ...
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Optimal Compression for Speech

I'm designing a game that depends heavily on audio; I will have some 300+ speech files (most of them just a word or two long). This can very quickly escalate the size of my final game. What's the ...
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Does SoundEffect.CreateInstance load from file everytime?

This is something which has been bugging me. If I create a SoundEffectInstance via SoundEffect.CreateInstance() I'm meant to dispose of it when I'm finished with it. SoundEffect.CreateInstance() does ...
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Playing a Song causing WP7 to crash on phone, but not on emulator

I am trying to implement a song into a game that begins playing and continually loops on Windows Phone 7 via XNA 4.0. On the emulator, this works fine, however when deployed to a phone, it simply ...
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Implementing Positional Sound

I am trying to put 3Dish audio in a game I'm developing, and I'm unsure how to do positional sound. I want to be able to adjust the volume of the audio's channels depending on how far it is and the ...
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Which API for cross platform mobile audio?

This question focuses on the API's available on phones. I'd been planning to use OpenAL in my game for maximum portability. It runs great on Linux so I can quickly iterate while developing as well ...
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How was sfxr made?

I figure this is a Game Development question as this is a sound generation tool made specifically for games (in particular, Ludum Dare games). I have a basic understanding of how sound works, with ...
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Flash game size and distribution between asset types

I am currently developing a Flash game and am planning on a large amount of graphics and audio assets, which has led to some questions about Flash game size. By looking at some of the popular games ...
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Sound emmiters with panning and volume in 2D

How can I create sound emmiters that pan and change volume based on distance from the player in a 2D game?
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How to choose a success and failure sound

I create a math game where the user has to solve an equation. If the user is right, the application plays sound A. If he's wrong, it plays sound B. What criteria should I use to choose sounds for A ...
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How to make footsteps sound sync with animation (FMOD/Wwise/similar)

How do you pros out there implement footstep sounds in so that they're synced with character animation? I have an idea in mind: an FMOD event that has two footstep playback triggers, and a parameter ...
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Techniques for creating sound effects in a browser based game?

The <audio> tag and the <object> tag are (somewhat hard to use) ways to embed audio on a page... ...but what about creating sound effects in a browser-based game? E.g. if the game becomes ...
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Xaudio2 XAPO Effects

I've been working with XAudio2. After looking at the samples, example code, and sparse documentation available from Microsoft and the MSDN, I've found that there aren't any easy-to-find resources on ...
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Can you record raw sound data in XNA?

XNA 4 includes the Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Audio.Microphone class which can seemingly read the raw sound data off the microphone via its API as documented: GetData - Gets the latest recorded data ...
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Using modified copyrighted music in non-commercial games

Background: I'm making a retro style game for both fun, and an unofficial contest. I have bought a song, song X. However, I then found notation for song X, and all the instruments. So basically, ...
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Recorded Voice or Synthesized Speech?

I'm interested in adding to my game either recorded human or synthesized speech. I'm interested in what game devs have to say regarding the value of recorded human voice over voice synthesis. Thanks ...
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How important is music to mobile phone (smart PDA) games?

Specifically iPhone/iTouch, Droids, and the new Windows Phone 7? I don't know how to quantify this, or if any research has been done. I am wondering how important the music is to the gaming and what % ...
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Choosing an Audio API [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cross-Platform Audio API Suggestions I have gone down this road a few times, and always decided to put it off. I am finally to the point I need to choose an Audio ...
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Difference between Vorbis OGG and M4A/MP4/AAC?

From what i know m4a and aac are the same thing with mp4 allowing video while the former only allows audio. Whats the difference between vorbis ogg and m4a? I looked it up and it seems that m4a/aac ...
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How to loop over a part of an ogg vorbis stream?

I'm successfully streaming ogg vorbis data to openAL with the Java library JOrbis, but now I want to loop over a part of this stream, e.g from 30" to 1'30". I thought that at the end of the loop, I ...
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How can I make “small” (file size) background music loops/tracks?

I recently purchased some short (approx 3 min) background music tracks. I have the tracks in three formats: AIFF, MP3 and WAV. How can I compress these files such that the quality remains intact ...
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Audio Design and XAudio2 Performance Issues

I have a very basic understanding of audio and was hoping I could get some help to resolve a problem with the audio design in my engine. Let me give you a run-down of how I've currently got it fitting ...
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What are some good audio pieces that worked well for puzzle games?

I'm looking for some quality audio/soundtracks as inspiration. Can you think of some really good puzzle games that went above and beyond in the audio category? If you're an audio guy, is there ...