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What's the difference between "FM synthesis" and "MIDI synthesis"?

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 ...
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How would one "morph" human vocals with a bat scream?

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 ...
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'Tripwire' sound design

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 ...
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young sound designer looking for feedback

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 ...
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What are some curious, unusual, fun facts you know about sound? Needed for new audio puzzle game.

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 ...
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removing controller noise when recording

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 ...
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Artifacts when exporting sound as 8-bit WAV

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 ...
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Transitioning from post into game audio

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. ...
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Is it okay to re-voice and use another persons MIDI file?

It can be, yes. The only way you'd be legally allowed to manipulate or change someone else's MIDI is if they gave you permission to do so.
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Merging and duplicating two audio outputs

You didn't mention what program you use to record, but if it's not OBS I recommend you try that out. I have an arctis pro with the gamedac for chatmix and I can input the game and chat audios into ...
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What are the audio settings that affect distortion on abrupt stop?

You need to re-edit the sound and implement a very short fade-in and fade-out at the start and end of the sample.
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What are the audio settings that affect distortion on abrupt stop?

Without seeing the waveform, the best guess is it could be DC Offset, or it could be a limitation of the audio engine. If a waveform is at any non-zero value when the sound is abruptly stopped, then ...
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Why can I not record ambisonics in Unity with Google Resonance?

Recording Ambisonic A-Format audio is a fairly specialised task which should be undertaken by someone with experience in that particular field. You need a 4-channel field recorder with identical gain ...
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Best choice for bandpass frequency

The first half of your question states some clear facts. "Gameboy" and "32 4-bit samples played back in a loop". The rest of the question goes off in an unclear direction. Any bandpass filter you ...
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Weapon Projectile Sound Design

Great question! More like this, please. I work primarily in film so there is no backend engine; everything is custom-designed to fit the image on the screen. Some methods I've found helpful in the ...
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Military Weapon Sound Design from Abstract Sources

For any 'tube' sound, you can get a lot of mileage out of 2" plastic plumbing/drainage pipe. You can slap it, on the side or over the end of the tube [it's almost a drum played like that], blow down ...
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Recurring artifacts trying to export a sound as 8-bit

When you quantize the sound down to 8-bit, there are different algorithms you can use to get there. The simplest-to-implement, naïve algorithm is nearest neighbor. This is basically just rounding the ...
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Are BRSTM files lossless?

The Binary Revolution Stream format uses ADPCM to represent audio data. ADPCM uses a lossless compression algorithm. ADPCM is an adaptation of DPCM, which is in turn, an adaptation of PCM. ...
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Are BRSTM files lossless?

From a quick read through several of the links above, I believe it's most appropriate to call BRSTM a lossless audio format. For a start, let's define "lossless audio": For simplicity's sake, a ...
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What's a good microphone around $100-$200 that can be both used for recording audio for game development and for streaming?

Snag an sm58 or anything of similar type. I've seen a bunch of tutorials where the instructor has one hooked up to a mic stand and right near their mouth. Works great. Obviously the easier thing ...
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Audio Programming for Games - General Questions

The best skill for audio programmers would be - strong coding skills (i guess C++ syntax) and good knowledge of middleware such as Wwise and FMod. Knowledge of audio editors (SoundForge, Audio ...
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Mixing voice audio for computer speakers

If the client is asking you to target a particular hardware, do not mix on studio monitors as your primary platform - you mix on much smaller band-limited speakers such as auratones. Only monitor and ...
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Mixing voice audio for computer speakers

I would mix the tracks on Studio Monitors, but reference it with other game Dialogs, then check on the laptop and make the proper changes. In doubt always reference. Grab 2 or 3 other tracks you like ...
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How would one "morph" human vocals with a bat scream?

You could use a time-stretching function (such as what's built in to REAPER, Logic, or ProTools) to line up the transients of the two audio samples, and then play around with mixing and use a vocoder ...
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How would one "morph" human vocals with a bat scream?

Sorry to say there is no magic plugin that will achieve this effect for you. The majority of great creature vocals are painstakingly crafted by sound designers for days or even weeks. One insight I ...
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How would one "morph" human vocals with a bat scream?

I think editing and maybe some pitch/formant shifting could get you pretty far. Sometimes convolution can work to get the tone changing to more of a Bat from human. Izotope IRIS would seem like a ...
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How would one "morph" human vocals with a bat scream?

Rebal Instinct, I wonder if Dehumaniser would be of use to you? It's an app specifically designed to morph human into monster sounds and back again: http://dehumaniser.com/ That being said, I'd love ...
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How would one "morph" human vocals with a bat scream?

Two guesses at methods - I've never actually tried either of these myself... Using an envelope follower to raise the volume of the scream dynamically with the speech. Using VocAlign to try matching ...
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How would one "morph" human vocals with a bat scream?

Maybe it's the phrasing or the cadence of speech? Sometimes that's what makes the transition sound wrong. Both "voices" should be performed similarly to seamlessly morph into the other.
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