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Programming Audio Tools. Features I Should Look Out For?


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#1 Toothpix   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 810

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 10:44 AM

I am programming a very simple audio creation tool for the game I am working on (and probably subsequent games I will be working on). I am trying to get a good list of features to implement and to design the program. What features should I put in this that are not on my list. Right now, here is my non-exhaustive list:
- Sample Sequencer
- Sample Creator
- Ability To Save As Sequence For Modular Sound Components
- Ability To "Draw" With The Mouse Sequences of Samples
- Workspace GUI
- Ability To Save Projects
- Ability To Export Project As .ogg (audio format of my game, or so I plan)
- "What You Hear Is What You Get"; Listen As You Are Creating
- Ability To Mix Sequences
- Ability To Organize Sequences On A Timeline

I am asking this in the audio category, not programming, because I am not looking (right now, at least) for programming advice, but for the advice of people who use audio tools and create audio content for games. If it was unclear, a sequence is a sequence of samples, like a sound effect, and can last any length, be it one second or one minute. Please ask if you are uncertain of any of these, and please give me your advice.

EDIT: Here is an image of the GUI I slapped together in MS Paint: http://i.imgur.com/vw3Jf.png

Edited by MrJoshL, 22 November 2012 - 11:37 AM.

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#2 dakota.potts   Members   -  Reputation: 455

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 10:23 PM

I don't know how extensive your sequencer is, but I have always felt a lack of easy to use abilities to program a score directly in to any given instrument. Sometimes i want to write something in, not play it through a MIDI controller. This should also include capabilities to change where the beat falls (for instance, the bass dragging the beat) as well as easy to use dynamics controls and "human" playback. Something like Finale with a few of these features that I could then plug into the directly integrated samplers.




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