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I''m working on my first game and want to add music and sound effects to it. I''m coding the game in VB and DirectX. Can I use directMusic for the background music and then directSound for the sound effects or should I use only one of them?
In fact, if you want to use DirectMusic you need to use DirectSound. Although DirectMusic can play midi files, the main idea behind it is the software synthesiser. It basically reads MIDI data and outputs as waves of instrumental notes.