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Getting Started with C++ Audio Programming for Game Development

By : David Gouveia, David da L Gouveia
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Getting Started with C++ Audio Programming for Game Development

By: David Gouveia, David da L Gouveia

Overview of this book

Audio plays a fundamental role in video games. From music to sound effects or dialogue, it helps to reinforce the experience, convey the mood, and give feedback to the player. Presently, many games have achieved commercial success by incorporating game sounds that have enhanced the user experience. You can achieve this in your games with the help of the FMOD library. This book provides you with a practical guide to implementing the FMOD toolkit in your games. Getting Started with C++ Audio Programming for Game Developers is a quick and practical introduction to the most important audio programming topics that any game developer is expected to know. Whether you need to play only a few audio files or you intend to design a complex audio simulation, this book will help you get started enhancing your game with audio programs. Getting Started with C++ Audio Programming for Game Developers covers a broad range of topics – from loading and playing audio files to simulating sounds within a virtual environment and implementing interactive sounds that react to events in the game. The book starts off with an explanation of the fundamental audio concepts, after which it proceeds to explain how to use the FMOD Ex library, how to implement a 3D audio simulation, how to use the FMOD Designer toolkit, and how best to work with multi-layered sounds with complex behaviors attached to them. The final part of the book deals with working with audio at a much lower level by manipulating audio data directly. This book will provide you with a good foundation so that you can successfully implement audio into your games and begin pursuing other advanced topics in audio programming with confidence.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
Getting Started with C++ Audio Programming for Game Development
Credits
About the Author
About the Reviewers
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Index

Chapter 1. Audio Concepts

Programming the audio component of a game is a lot easier these days, thanks to all the powerful audio libraries that are available. These libraries ease the burden on the developers by taking care of most of the low-level implementation details. While this is a good thing, it also makes it easier to dismiss the need to understand sound theory. For instance, we can easily play a sound file without knowing anything about its representation in memory.

However, even when we are using an audio library, there are still situations that will require some theoretical knowledge. For instance, we will often find parameters and function names related to the theory, such as the frequency of a sound, or the bit depth of an audio buffer. Knowing the meaning of these concepts is important to ensure that we are using them properly.

The goal of this chapter is to serve as a light introduction to the concepts that we will need the most during the course of this book.