Questions tagged [audio]

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

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What makes game sound effects “good”?

I'm making a small game, and I've found some free sound effects that I'd like to use. The issue is that I can't get the sound effects to sound like they "belong" in my game. I don't know what to look ...
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Play streaming sound in OpenTK?

What's the simplest way to make a sound stream from disk and play in OpenTK?
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Maximum sensible audio sample rate

I work as a multi-purpose engineer/developer at a very small startup game company. Recently, I've been asked to help out with audio development and editing, and I've been mostly able to hold my own. ...
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do games use multiple threads to play music?

Do games use multiple threads to play music and other operations besides things like server connections and sockets? And is that why when the game freezes (for any reason) the music can sometimes ...
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Play audio in javascript with a good performance

I'm developing a browser game where the player can shoot. Everytime he shoots it play a sound. Currently i'm using this code to play sounds in JavaScript: ...
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Issues loading in AudioSource at runtime using WWW class

I am having an issue with loading in an OGG audio file to my project. Basically I want to set my game up so that players can drop audio files into a folder called Playlist in the game directory then ...
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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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How can I load 24-bit audio as SoundEffect?

When I try to load .wav file I get an error: Audio file *.wav contains 24-bit audio. Only 8-bit and 16-bit audio data is supported. Here is my code: ...
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Playing part of a sfx audio file in HTML5 using WebAudio

I have compiled all of my sound effects into one sequenced .ogg file. I have the start and stop times for each sound effect. How do I play the individual effects? That is, how do I play part of an ...
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Continuous / speed affected sound effects. What is the industries de-facto solution?

There are various types of audio material we require in games. For instance, footsteps - these are very straight forward. We take some boinking sounds over metal, plastic, concrete and add to our ...
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How to achieve realistic engine sound? [duplicate]

I am aiming to achieve a believable engine sound for a car. The vehicles are simplified versions of their real-world counterparts, with simpler steering behaviors and acceleration, etc. This seems ...
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Is there any game engine capable of true binaural positional 3D audio? [closed]

I am by no means a game designer, so I apologise in advance if I fail to use the proper jargon. Feel free to correct my mistakes. My understanding is that, at the moment, in most if not all first-...
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How to fix thi gameover scene audio transition? [duplicate]

I created a gameover scene in a crafty.js project but it does not run. ...
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XACT support outside of XNA?

I was building a new game in Monogame when I realized that it didn't have XACT support like XNA did. I was wondering if anyone knew another framework that could be used with or instead of MonoGame (...
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Stereo music playing in mono in libGDX

I'm trying to get some music to play back in stereo in libGDX, but it seems to be blending the left and right channels so much that it sounds like it was mono. To test this out I made a sound file ...
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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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Difference between multiple AudioUnits and one AudioGraph with a MultiChannelMixer

I'm porting my game to iOS using MonoTouch, and I'm having some trouble getting sound output to work. SystemSound/AVAudioPlayer ...
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Portable sound and music for XNA / MonoGame?

What is the best (recommended) way to integrate audio (both sound effect and music) in a game project (using C#/XNA) targeting multiple desktop platforms (W7, W8 Metro, Linux, OSX, ...) via MonoGame. ...
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Are Xna XACT audio cues accurately timed enough for a loop sequencer?

Would it be possible to make an audio seqencer using XNA that works by triggering XACT cues periodically using a timer. Would the timing be precise enough to synchronize several audio clips into one ...
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IrrKlang with Ogre

I'm trying to set up sound in my Ogre3D project. I have installed irrKlang 1.4.0 and added it's include and lib directories to my projects VC++ Include and Library directories, but I'm still getting a ...
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Adjust treble and bass on Audio in XNA

I am trying to "muffle" the sounds that are being played in my game and the best way I can think of doing this, is by lowering the treble of the sound. I have looked through all the members of the <...
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Legal concerns with orchestrating a music submission contest

My team and I are getting pretty far along in the development of our latest game and have been thinking about audio. We decided to host an audio submission contest where we will offer a little cash ...
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Unity 5.1 audio issues (no sound in back channels)

I've trying to bring in surround sound audio into my project. I've set my computer up to run in 5.1 and when I play a 6 channel audio through windows media player (it's a test audio that does left ...
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Physics-based dynamic audio generation in games

I wonder if it is possible to generate audio dynamically without any (!) audio assets, using pure mathematics/physics and some input values like material properties and spatial distribution of content ...
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5.1 sound in Unity3d 3.5

I'm trying to implement 5.1 surround sound in my game. I've set Unity's AudioManager to a default of 5.1 surround and loaded in a 6 channel audio clip that should play a sound in each of the different ...
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How do I play music at half speed?

I'd like to slowdown music playback, say at half speed. I'm currently using SDLmixer. I assume I'd need to tell SDL that I have a 44KHz music and want to stream it at 22KHz, but when I pass in 22Khz ...
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Can I include PCM audio data in a commercial application?

For certain reasons, I need raw audio data in my application. I would convert certain sounds to a PCM format (at development time), and store & load these PCM files in my game. PCM stands for ...
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Application to record sound effects for games

I'm having kids record sounds using their PCs (a few have Macs as well) for use in the games they create. The built-in windows 7 sound recorder is surprisingly poor, didn't older versions of windows ...
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How can I select an audio output device in directshow

I was wondering how I can select the output device for audio in directshow. I am able to get available audio output devices in directshow. But how can I make one of these to be audio output device. ...
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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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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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music for an arcade game?

I'm thinking about music for my brick breaker game, but I don't know how to choose any. If I'd make a loop from a few seconds, I think it would get annoying very quickly. I also found some longer ...
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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....
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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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What is a fair price to pay for music licensing for a commercial game?

What is a fair price range for already existing (not custom-made) music if it's intended for a commercial game? The music I have in mind is relatively unknown (independent music) and I'm already 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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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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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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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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Dynamic audio score/music [closed]

I'm interested in developing a game who's background music changes with the mood and scenario of the game's action. Of course many existing games do this (halo for example), but I was interested in ...
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Recording equipment for game sounds [closed]

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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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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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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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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Implementing audio for a game made using JMonkey?

Is it possible to implement music/SFX in game made using JMonkey? If yes, how did you do it? What did you use?
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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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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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Why is this beat detection code failing to register some beats properly?

I made this SoundAnalyzer class to detect beats in songs: ...
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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?