Higher Education

Creating Music and Sound for Games, 1st Edition

  • G. W. Childs IV
  • ISBN-10: 1598633015  |  ISBN-13: 9781598633016
  • 320 Pages
  • © 2007 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $16.75

About

Overview

Get ready to step into the mysterious world of the video game sound designer and composer. Creating Music and Sound for Games examines the responsibilities associated with each of these roles and offers tips and insight for breaking into the business. With focused sections for each of these important roles, this book offers an insider's look into how the sound designer and compositor fit into the game production team and how these roles interact with one another. You'll cover the essential tools of the trade and will examine sound design and compositional tips that can save you time and make you more efficient.

Features and Benefits

  • Maintains an informal, yet instructive tone throughout.
  • Offers practical advice and guidance from professionals in the field of game design about what software works and what doesn't as well as how to use software to tailor output for games.
  • Applicable to both Mac and PC platforms.
  • Includes advice on marketing game music compositions.

Table of Contents

1. Overview of Integration of Music and Gaming.
2. Features Needed in Music Software for Game Music Composing
3. The Game Soundtrack—What it is and How it Works
4. Special Considerations Composing Cues for Games
5. Integrating Your Compositions with Game Clips
6. Syncing Your Composition to Game Scenes
7. Different Formats for Game Music
8. Submitting Your Game Music
9. Getting into the Game Music Industry
App. A: List of Applications Mentioned

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Soundtrack Success: A Digital Storyteller's Guide to Audio Post-Production  (ISBN-10: 159863254X | ISBN-13: 9781598632545)

Whether you make narratives, documentaries, news shows, training videos, podcasts, games, or some other media, sound has a great impact on what people see, believe, and remember. When you dedicate attention to every element that makes up the whole soundtrack -- dialogue, sound effects, and music -- your story will hold more meaning for the audience, and you'll deliver your message in a more memorable way. Thankfully, putting together a better soundtrack is the easiest, fastest, and most effective way to make your production better. SOUNDTRACK SUCCESS will show you how to do it. It's a non-software-specific guide to the entire realm of audio post-production, with particular attention paid to fixing problems, sweetening sound, and pulling together a complete soundtrack. You'll learn how to use dialogue, voiceover, walla, backgrounds, sound effects, Foley, and music, and you'll discover how to record, edit, mix, master, and deliver high-quality and high-impact soundtracks. The companion DVD includes video tutorials and examples that further demonstrate the many concepts and techniques described in the book. This complete primer is your key to making soundtracks that soar.

List Price = $39.99  | CengageBrain Price = $39.99  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $24.00

Audio Post-Production in Your Project Studio  (ISBN-10: 1598634194 | ISBN-13: 9781598634198)

Whether you are producing an audio CD, a multimedia application, a movie, or a television program, there are many stages of production that you need to consider before your project is complete and sounds professional. The audio post-production process formerly required huge audio post-production facilities with massive film and/or video synchronizing machines and other expensive hardware. These days, professional audio post-production can be done using inexpensive hardware and software inside a home or project studio. Audio Post-Production in Your Project Studio teaches you how to deliver professional-quality audio post-production projects using these readily available tools. Topics of discussion include editing, software effects, mixing, monitoring, software mastering, running a successful project studio, and much more. Instruction is presented using a non-software-specific approach—the techniques discussed are applicable to any Digital Audio Workstation you choose. Whether you’re an experienced musician just getting into post-production, a first-time project studio operator, or a hobbyist curious to learn more information, you’ll find all the insights and knowledge you need to make your recordings sound professional.

List Price = $29.99  | CengageBrain Price = $29.99  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $22.50

Student Supplements

Soundtrack Success: A Digital Storyteller's Guide to Audio Post-Production  (ISBN-10: 159863254X | ISBN-13: 9781598632545)

Whether you make narratives, documentaries, news shows, training videos, podcasts, games, or some other media, sound has a great impact on what people see, believe, and remember. When you dedicate attention to every element that makes up the whole soundtrack -- dialogue, sound effects, and music -- your story will hold more meaning for the audience, and you'll deliver your message in a more memorable way. Thankfully, putting together a better soundtrack is the easiest, fastest, and most effective way to make your production better. SOUNDTRACK SUCCESS will show you how to do it. It's a non-software-specific guide to the entire realm of audio post-production, with particular attention paid to fixing problems, sweetening sound, and pulling together a complete soundtrack. You'll learn how to use dialogue, voiceover, walla, backgrounds, sound effects, Foley, and music, and you'll discover how to record, edit, mix, master, and deliver high-quality and high-impact soundtracks. The companion DVD includes video tutorials and examples that further demonstrate the many concepts and techniques described in the book. This complete primer is your key to making soundtracks that soar.

List Price = $39.99  | CengageBrain Price = $39.99  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $24.00

Audio Post-Production in Your Project Studio  (ISBN-10: 1598634194 | ISBN-13: 9781598634198)

Whether you are producing an audio CD, a multimedia application, a movie, or a television program, there are many stages of production that you need to consider before your project is complete and sounds professional. The audio post-production process formerly required huge audio post-production facilities with massive film and/or video synchronizing machines and other expensive hardware. These days, professional audio post-production can be done using inexpensive hardware and software inside a home or project studio. Audio Post-Production in Your Project Studio teaches you how to deliver professional-quality audio post-production projects using these readily available tools. Topics of discussion include editing, software effects, mixing, monitoring, software mastering, running a successful project studio, and much more. Instruction is presented using a non-software-specific approach—the techniques discussed are applicable to any Digital Audio Workstation you choose. Whether you’re an experienced musician just getting into post-production, a first-time project studio operator, or a hobbyist curious to learn more information, you’ll find all the insights and knowledge you need to make your recordings sound professional.

List Price = $29.99  | CengageBrain Price = $29.99  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $22.50

Meet the Author

Author Bio

G. W. Childs IV

G. W. Childs IV has not only published several books on Reason (Reason 7 Power, Going Pro with Reason), Ableton Live (Going Pro with Ableton Live) and sound design (Creating Music and Sound for Video Games), but he was also a sound designer on Reason itself. He’s also had a highly successful career in designing sounds for games like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: The Sith Lords, Star Wars: Battlefront, and more. As a remix artist he’s remixed major acts like Gene Loves Jezebel, Ray Charles, James Brown, and more.