Audio (heard) output of a game.

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Where can I find free music for my game? [closed]

I'm in need of some tunes for my game. Where can I procure some, preferably for free?
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Where can I find free sounds for my game? [closed]

I need some sound effects for my game. Where can I find some? Or any programs that can easily generate them?
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How does a one-man developer do its games' sounds?

Before anything, that's not a "oh, where can I find resources?" question. Well, I've been curious about one thing in the indie games industry. For the development of the game, such tasks like game ...
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Are there any open source projects for car engine sound simulation? [closed]

I have been thinking how to create realistic sound for a car. The main sound is the engine, then all kind of wind, road and suspension sounds. Are there any open source projects for the engine sound ...
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How are sound effects made?

My friend and I are finishing up our first game right now and I have just discovered that even though he can make some decent music tracks, he has no idea how to make a sound effect. An explosion, for ...
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What quality should my sounds be?

Sound and it's quality is something like religion. Never ending story. People will say, that MP3 320kbps is lossless, while experts will say that any MP3 is crap, but in the end, no one will hear a ...
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Is it worthwhile recording your own or buying stock sound effects? [closed]

A unique graphical aesthetic is obviously important when developing a game. I wonder if the same is true for audio? Is it worth investing my time in recording, producing my own sounds or should I ...
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Cross-Platform Audio API Suggestions

I'm currently looking into adding sound to my game. I have seen OpenAL and SDL, but I would like to know what else is out there. Can you recommend any good cross-platform Audio APIs for game ...
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As an indie game developer, how can I have (quality) music/sound done? [closed]

Besides the story itself, a game needs code, graphics and music/sound effect. I can program and I knew a few graphics designers in the web app era. However, I don't know whether to find music and ...
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Game Sound Effects Availability [closed]

Is there a need in the community for affordable game-focused sound effect packs? I am considering putting together some effects specifically geared toward games and indie developers that desire to get ...
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Sounds to describe the weather?

I'm trying to think of sounds that will help convey the time of day and weather condition. I'm not even sure of all the weather conditions I would consider, and some are obvious. Like if it's raining, ...
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How do I simulate a doppler effect in a game?

I am trying to simulate the doppler effect in a game (a car racing game). I am not using a specific sound library that simulate the effect, I only have a callback function where I mix the data. I ...
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Sound effects system design

I'm creating a RPG/RTS game in Unity. There are a lot of characters and potentially a lot of different environments. I'm fairly confident with the coding part (so this question isn't really tied to ...
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Good way to play a sound when something happens? How does this sound?

So I was thinking about how monolithic my classes get a lot of the time. For example, in the Character class's Jump method, one may have a reference to a sound effect object and play that. By itself ...
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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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How to add a sound that an enemy AI can hear?

Given: a 2D top down game Tiles are stored just in a 2D array Every tile has a property - dampen (so bricks might be -50db, air might be -1) From this I want to add it so a sound is generated at ...
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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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How should I handle sound in a split-screen game?

In a split screen multiplayer game, sound events may be heard by more than one player, and they might sound different to each player. For example, player one might hear the sound of the car they're ...
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Audio programming resources [closed]

I've been very interested in the last few months about getting in to audio programming (I'm from a musical background). I've been a .NET developer for two years and have also done some objective c for ...
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Where can i get the openal sdk for c++?

The OpenAL site I'm looking at is a crappy outdated and broken sharepoint portal and the SDK in the downloads section give me a 500 html code when i request it. ...
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What is the standard way to synchronize sound effects with sprite animations?

Let's take a situation where you have an RPG with spells and each spell animations have a different number of frames and they have very different requirements for sound effects. Let's assume that each ...
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DirectX error with older XP systems

I am a blind programmer, working on an audio game for the blind. I am using SlimDX, and it has been tested on dozens of systems from XP to Win 8.1. My code works on most systems just fine, but I ...
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Physics-perfect (or somewhere near) 3d sound engine

I'm new to game programming, although I have some years of experience in console/web development. My problem is not so much that I can't find what I'm looking for, it's just that I don't have the ...
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XNA: Why use Xact when I can use Content.Load?

I have to add sound to a game and I found that you can use xact. That's fine, however why not just use Content.Load? Besides the tweaking of the sound, are there any other advantages to using Xact?
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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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Loading sound in XNA without the Content Pipeline

I'm working on a "Game Maker"-type of application for Windows where the user imports his own assets to be used in the game. I need to be able to load this content at runtime on the engine side. ...
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How should I attenuate sound in a 2D game where you can zoom in and out?

In my 2D game, I have some ambient sounds like the noise of a waterfall or the humming of a generator. However, it is not practical to play these sound all the time at full volume as in a large level ...
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Speech synthesis book? [closed]

When I was a kid, everything had a speech synthesizer in it, more or less. A couple years back I started to wonder where the technology is going after all these years, and after some research found ...
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Playing Sounds and removing instances once they have played — Android

I am playing sounds in my application I have the following code sounds = new HashMap<String, MediaPlayer>(); Then when guys are created on screen they are given a sound. ...
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What's a site for game sounds? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find free sounds for my game? I'm looking for a website which contains sounds for use in a game. I have found several websites with WAV/MP3 sound snippets ...
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Is there a sound library for C to generate sound samples from code? [closed]

I'm working on an engine for a retro-style game in C. I'm looking for a sound library that would produce chip sounds from code...I want to make my own simple chiptune tracker for the engine to create ...
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What are the steps to get sound from reality into a game?

As we all know, the game is not only about gameplay, sound effects add a lot to the production value. The more unique, the better the result. What are the steps to get a decent quality sound from ...
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What are the most suitable 3D sound engines out there for a FPS?

We are looking for a good 3D sound engine for a game written in C#. We know of irrKlang, which looks great but isn't free for commercial uses, nor is it open source. XNA has an alright one, but it ...
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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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SFXR-Like Tool for Speech

Sfxr (and also Bfxr) is a great tool for generating sound-effects for games. Is there something like this for speech synthesis? Not every game development tool and platform has a speech synthesis ...
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How to balance audio levels to be loud enough yet safe

There are a few sound effects in my game that sound a bit piercing over earbuds but OK when played through the iPhone speaker. Also sound levels seem lower on older hardware. Is there some objective ...
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Recording equipment for game sounds

I was wondering if anybody knows about any good pieces of equipment fit for recording sound effects for games. If you can, also tell please me the price range for professional equipment.
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Tailoring sound volume for different speakers

Different sound effects are played differently across different speakers. For example, when I use my laptop speakers, sounds are notably softer and low pitch sounds often become inaudible unless I ...
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XNA: Check if the sound is playing

Quick question: I have a SoundEffect instance, and I would like to know if it is playing at the moment or not. But there's neither a method, nor a property that would allow to check it... So, is ...
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How to prevent multiple playing sounds from destroying your hearing?

The problem is that when I play 100 sounds almost at same time, all I hear is noise. It's not very attractive to listen it for 30 minutes straight. I tried to fix this by allowing only 1 sound of ...
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2D Enemy AI reacting to sound

I'm currently working on a 2D top-down survival game and I'm trying to figure out a good method for enemies to detect player sounds. For instance - if the player fires his gun it should play a sound ...
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What is the most efficient way to work with lip sync/facial expressions in XNA?

I've been searching for an answer forever, but I haven't found one. What options are there for lip sync/facial expressions in video games made with XNA? I have a few models for a game I'm building, ...
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Simplest format for video

I've been dwelling with a question lately, I can generate screenshots with my library, but i found that i would like to be able to record video from a game. Since video is just(well-simply enough, ...
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FMOD (C++) Wave Data of a whole sound

I'm using FMOD (with C++ syntax, not C) and I'm having trouble getting the wave data of a whole sound file. Channel::GetWave() only gets the wave data of the area on which it is currently playing. ...
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How to correctly Dispose a SourceVoice once its finished

i am starting to play a sound with XAudio2 and SourceVoice and once its finished, it should be correctly disposed to not have any leaks. i was expecting it to be something like this: ...
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What's the difference between Pygame's Sound and Music classes?

What are the key differences between the Sound and Music classes in Pygame? What are the limitations of each? In what situation would one use one or the other? Is there a benefit to using them in ...
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Handling sound effects for Multiple Collisions

How can I generate somewhat realistic sound effects for collisions in a physics engine that simulates lots of objects? E.g. take >10 marbles that are bouncing off walls and off each other. If I ...
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How does professional audio fit into game design?

Do game designers typically seek the help of specialized music/audio specialists for soundtracks and sound design? Is there a general need for professional audio work in game design, or is that ...
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What are the requirements for a sound file in android?

I am creating a game in Android and eventually I am going to outsource the sound effects. I have a few place holder sounds for testing and I have noticed a problem. I have an OGG sound file which ...
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Scaling Sound Effects and Physics with Framerate

(I'm using XNA and C#) Currently, my game (a shooter) runs flawlessly with 60 FPS (which I developed around). However, if the framerate is changed, there are two major problems: Gunshot sound ...