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SDL, OpenAL or FMOD?

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I''m a little lost on which one to use. Any suggestions? I''m not sure how they differ. I want it to add overlapping music and sound effects (mp3,wav, midi etc) to opengl and misc C applications. If the library has the ability to change the tempo (beats per minute),and the format, that would be great. I guess I''d have to ship the libraries with my application, so library size is a concern. I''m definitely no expert, so simplicity & user popularity are very important. Thanx

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FMOD is very good, and will do everything you desire. I haven''t tried the other two you mention. There is also BASS just to confound you further.
They''re all free to download so you could try them all. I tend to create a simple wrapper for these things so that I can swap the underlying API out if necessary.
If you are using SDL for graphics, then you might as well use it for audio as well.


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I made a audio manager class around fmod, and i must say its a very clean api and very easy to use.

I suggest you use fmod hands down. OpenAL is just as good, but you just have to do a little more job is all.

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SDL is great but the included sound library leaves much to be desired. I use SDL_Mixer. You can find it at the SDL homepage under libraries.

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As far as i''m aware, FMOD doesnt support mp3. Other than that, FMOD has been pretty painless for me to use. I began using OpenAL, but it seems to have died, or at least gone quiet recently.

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As far as i''m aware, FMOD doesnt support mp3.


Whatever gave you that impression? It sure does.

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Just in case you didn''t know, FMOD is not free for commercial use like OpenAL and SDL_Mixer are. Last time I checked you had to pay about $1000 for a license if you plan on selling anything you make with FMOD.. (Thats why I stick to OpenAL and/or SDL_Mixer.)
Same deal with BASS but I think it''s a little cheaper.

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openAL is very good, its a little ahrder to use than the other two though. you get more flexibilty too.

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