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& music for interactive environments
sound & music for interactive environments
SoftEffects: Audio Plug-ins used for real-time playback
These effects typically include: Reverb, Delay, Wah-wah, Auto Pan, Distortion, Phaser, EQ, etc. and have been taken from technology developed for higher-end, pro-audio studio products. Featuring this collection of effects as part of this specification has ensured a high-quality, expressive playback format in a low-bandwidth solution. Expanding beyond the effects included in XG is a stand-alone version of this effect suite for two current game platforms and as a production plug-in.
The format for these effects plug-ins is Microsoft's DirectX. This allows developers to use SoftEffects with most of the leading audio development applications and hybrid Midi-Digital Audio programs. The effects are currently being converted from the original DirectX format (DirectShow) to DMO (DirectMediaObjects) to allow for processing audio material from different sources (i.e. software synthesizer, wave files, streaming ). This also enables compatibility with the DirectX 8 version of DirectMusic. This environment will control the SoftEffects through the iMedia params of DirectMusic Producer. It may also be possible to control effect parameters through Midi and other formats in the future.
Because of these DirectX origins, the obvious platform support for SoftEffects will be for PC games based on DirectMusic and DirectSound. Having the development environment the same as the delivery platform has always been an advantage for PC game development.
SoftEffects is also being developed for Sony's Playstation 2. The same effect technology from the XG specification is being modified to run on the PS2 hardware as a realtime audio middleware. Also being developed is a user-interface audio tool that will run on the PS2 development system. Because of the consistency in quality and parameter controls, this will contribute significantly to the porting of games between platforms, or the simultaneous development of a title for both PC and PS2. Coupled with the DirectX plug-in version, SoftEffects stand to be a major leap in game audio development, continuing quality to the world of interactive entertainment.
Quality of Downloadable Samples In Interactive Media
In the fields of interactive entertainment and interactive music production for games, these advances are a major leap in performance, quality and data resource management. Optimizing the size and use of musical and audio data is a major concern in producing today's interactive world. From an audio perspective, technology limitations and manufacturing costs restrict the use of large, high-bandwidth media, and the dynamic nature of the gaming experience insists on a context specific, dynamic, and adaptive musical experience.
With the development of the DLS (downloadable sounds) standard, the quality of interactive music playback is becoming standardized at a level comparable to that of traditional high-fidelity media. This standardized quality is assured independent of hardware support. By including only specific downloadable sample, a file can maintain the playback consistency of high-band audio while optimizing its size with Midi information.
Microsoft's DirectMusic technology (including DLS) takes the task of
optimizing Midi and digital audio data yet another step further. By
breaking down musical components of a composition into segments of Midi
data, DirectMusic can generate performances of the music in seemingly
infinite variations, affecting elements of key change, "personality",
instrumentation, rhythmic density, and melodic sequence. A well crafted
DirectMusic file can provide extremely long performances of non-repeating,
high-quality music from a finite number of Midi and audio elements.
Adding controls generated from user input allows real-time musical variation
in a coordinated game experience.
The concepts of making music interactive stem from the conceptual beginnings of video and computer games, and other variations of interactive entertainment. In the most common applications of interactive music, the musical activity is drawn from a bank of common musical elements ranging from samples of phrases, instrument samples, segments of Midi data, or individual note information.
Viewing a piece of music from its compositional segments, the advantages
of this form of music are two-fold: saving data space AND providing
a non-linear musical experience. A file size of 200 kb could provide
much more than a minute of linear music. In effect, these are the basic
principles behind the DirectMusic architecture. The added bonus of DLS
is that a "soft" synthesizer playing custom samples insures
a quality playback experience.
The development of Microsoft's DirectMusic architecture has created a standard format for high-quality, low-bandwidth, interactive music. Having this system as a part of the Windows OS delivers the ability for any game to have the best musical experience available from limited media assets. The wide-spread support of DLS insures this quality level across a wide range of hardware and software combinations, essentially creating a level playing field for computer music playback.
- Import video as Quicktime Movie
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Develop a sound design for the provided video clip that should contain the following elements :
Grades at the "A" level will require more than these minimums. The more original the design, the better the grade.
Additional possibilities include:
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