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There's really no such thing as MIDI Synthesis. Synthesis is the process by which sounds are 'synthesised' using various modulation and generation techniques. MIDI is the "Musical Instrument Digital Interface" and is a protocol by which electronic music instruments can pass control and note information. MIDI is only interested in sending and receiving ...


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What I'm wondering is: how many variations of each should I have? 3-8 variations (or as a rule of thumb, 5 variations) depending on the speed of movement (at faster speeds you tend to pick up repetition more easily). The pitch variation (and volume) that you can enable in game engines or audio middleware tools often does the rest. do I need to have ...


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Re-watch A Bug's Life for tons of ideas. If you can get the DVD, there's a whole track where it's SFX only: No dialogue, no music. Full of neat ideas there. Seem to remember that Ben Burtt used handcuff ratchets for the feet of the roach in Wall-E. Just some ideas of existing SFX to get you unblocked. Close-up, dainty, tight foley or SFX seem like they'd ...


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Take an Unbreakable plastic comb (for your hair), bend the tines back with your thumb, and let them pop up one by one.


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@Melissa, What kind of game is it? The player perspective will definitely influence how you approach the skeleton audio. I assume as it is for mobile it will either be isometric, top-down or side scrolling? Secondly, is it real-time or turn based (like the might and magic games, for example?) or something else entirely? This needs to be considered, as a ...


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The "morph" you're describing is known as (both) spectral cross-modulation, and spectral convolution. From what i've read in your question, I gather you're interested in essentially crossfading the two sounds together, but in the frequency domain not the time domain? If that's indeed the case then there are a few ways to go about doing this. you can either ...


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If the wire is to actually break, I'd go for a guitar string; a thin one, maybe an 8. Tie it off to something either resonant or not, depending on whether your scenario is indoors or out, then just pull it with one finger til it breaks - wear a glove or it'll hurt your finger ;) If it isn't to break, just twang, then you save the cost of more guitar ...


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Check out the Equator D5s. They just increased the price to 399, but that's still a screaming deal. http://www.equatoraudio.com/D5_Studio_Monitors_with_DSP_p/d5.htm


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You could maybe try dropping small pasta shells or tapping your nails on a hard surface. If it's a cutesy kids thing I imagine something like a xylophone run would help soften the mood as the spider runs past as well.


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I might try a small (very) garden trow or small hand shovel in grass, time compressed and pitched up. Bugs usually get a "skittery" sound no matter what kind of feet they have. The time compressions will shorten it and make it a tiny tap. Good luck!


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The Jedi lightsabres are tuned in A and the Sith ones are tuned in G. The 2 semitone pitch difference is present to make the duels seem more sinister and tense. It works too, if you pitched them both the same there would be a noticable difference in dramatic effect.


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Yes, it will clip. The waves are summed together, so at the points where both waves are in phase, the system is adding the signals together and it goes over the maximum. Try putting the two sounds on two tracks in your DAW and playing them - it will also clip. Exactly the same thing happens in your game. I find it simplifies the concept to think in ...


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I'm now considering what is the 'normal' volume of my game? Currently I go listen to a music at my comfortable level (Volume settings of computer is at 25% and volume setting of foobar2000 I used to listen is at 100%) and try to make overall volume of my game at this level. Is I am doing right if I used this kind of reference for my game? ...


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Shepard's Tone Illusion: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepard_tone


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Apart from regular tools (DAW, audio editor etc...), it is a common thing for a sound designer-composer to learn/use programming tools (like Unity or FMOD) to be able to implement-test audio myself during the development? It's not common, because game (and sound) programming requires a certain level of experience in programming to make the ...


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For games you can consider joining a game development team/company instead of enrolling in the university. Choose small ones so you can be directly involving and talking with senior sound designers there.


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I will give you some feedback! I like long and constructive feedback so I will give that to you. One of the things I really liked was that bottle smash, really good job on that sound effect. I also like the underlying music tones at the beginning and the end of the trailer. Things I didn't care for is how everything sounded very close and could easily tell ...


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I would start off by learning wwise. Audiokinetic has a lot of tutorials and sample projects available. Beyond that, I would download Unity or UE4 and start following tutorials on implementation. Knowing how game audio works and is implemented will help you begin to sound design for the game and the players experience. Further, when you are playing games, ...


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Given that your input file is 44.1 kHz/32 bits/stereo file and your desired output is 22.050 kHz/8 bits/mono file, there are actually three processes that are involved in your request : resampling quantization down mixing stereo to mono Notice that given the potentially audibly important changes that these processes can produce, you might have asked the ...


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Dalv is right that you would ideally bring the mic closer to the source you want to record, although that isn't technically what signal-to-noise means. Good mic placement is going to have the most advantageous effects for your situation. Also, that mic has a cardioid polar pattern which means that it picks up in a spherical orientation around the front and a ...


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You'll need to modify the gain structure by compression/limiting or manual volume automation. You could use a brickwall limiter, but make sure by listening and comparing that it actually results to increased volume and not decreased volume as crushing dynamics can result in either one depending on how the limiting is done or how the sound reacts to it. You ...


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Have the sound effect files been normalised? If not, I'd start by normalising them as this operation will analyse the file, find the highest level and will then increase the level of all samples so that the highest value sits at 0dB. If you are not familiar with audio software I'd suggest downloading something like Audacity and then look at the manual for ...


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Here is some useful information about designing interface sounds for a casual game. https://sound.stackexchange.com/a/11608/1225


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I've been a member for around 4 or 5 years now and live in Germany but used to travel regularly to Los Angeles for business. From my experience they do offer some great events (or at least did, last one I attended was at TODD AO in Santa Monica in 2008 or 2009 I think, no idea about more recent ones) and it does connect you with people but most of these ...


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Definitely do not play a background song under your foley work. Have faith that potential employers will judge and understand your work for what it is. If you did the foley, then play the foley in all its glory.


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"My old music mixing/mastering habits tell me to insert a limiter at the end of the chain on the master channel and aim for max loudness, then solo each stem (ambience, SFX and dialogue) and render each one. It is an iPad game after all, and I want to make sure I'm getting plenty of bang for my buck out of that little speaker!" What if ...


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I'm not sure which are the best universities to consider. I'd say none, because I think most formal courses in sound are either about studying trivial BS or a valuable business for its staff, or both. You can do so much more, if you just have a look and a go at it yourself, because there's really nothing preventing one from self-studying and it's also a ...


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Effects are spliced into your recordings. They are supposed to be clearly audible and thus come with considerable gain. If they come with a non-trivial noise floor, this noise floor will be spliced in as well and will define start/end of the effect in a manner separate and distinguishable from the signal itself. The kind of signal you describe is more of ...


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You're missing out on a nice opportunity to team up with a sound person here. You can cover twice the ground and stick to doing whatever it is you (and they) do best. That said, it is possible to get sound effects with just your DR-100. Mind that most of the time a good sound effect has undergone some processing before you find it in a finished product. ...


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A while back I watched a program about the reasons behind the development of regional accents here in England. It claimed that part of the reason working class accents in the North and South are so different is due to the industrialisation of the North in comparison to the agricultural land use in the South. Due to the need to communicate over the din of the ...


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