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Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 | 2 comments

New Training Materials for Game Audio in Unity

9780415706704Focal Press has recently released a new book on game audio entitled The Essential Guide to Game Audio. I know what you may be thinking, “Aren’t there already enough books on game audio?” This is a worthy addition to the plethora of learning materials already on the market. It fills a gap by focusing on game audio in the Unity Engine. It’s also co-authored by two well respected practitioners/educators: Steve Horowitz and Scott Looney. They were not content to just publish a book though. No, they had to go all transmedia on this topic.

Two other items have launched alongside the book. The first is a free iOS companion app. Well worth checking out even if you aren’t going to pick up the book; though I imagine you’ll get more out of it when the two are used in tandem. Additionally, the authors have launched a new website: Game Audio Institute. The site is just getting off of the ground now, and it will be interesting to see how it develops in the coming year.

If you’re currently learning game audio, or are considering it, you’ve got some new tools to add to your training arsenal.

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Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 | 1 comment

Online Sound Design Masters Programme Now Available

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Possibly a first of its kind*, Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, UK, is offering an online Masters degree course in Sound Design. The MSc is offered as an 18-month part-time package, with all course lectures delivered via distance learning. The programme is particularly keen to encourage applications from industry professionals (however you choose to interpret the term), giving them the opportunity to combine theoretical enquiry with contextual practice. Participants can choose to study for just the Postgraduate Diploma (Year 1), or continue with the MSc in Year 2, which involves completing a Masters dissertation. With modules such as Advanced Professional Practice (APP), the course is setting its sights on those who already have at least some degree of professional experience within the industry.
This course could be for you if you are:
• involved with sound design and wish to gain a greater understanding of the subject
• involved with sound design and would like to gain postgraduate qualifications in the field
• In sound production but wish to move into sound design
Entry is possible in September, January or May, and those interested in finding out more can choose from a multitude of ways to contact course leader, Dr Iain McGregor:
• Skype: iainpetermcgregor
• Twitter: @SoundDesignMSc
Not to mention the more conventional email (i.mcgregor@napier.ac.uk) and telephone (44 131 455 278).
*If it isn’t, let us know!
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Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 | 0 comments

Review: Rob Papen’s The 4 Element Synth

4 Element Synth

Let me just start by making one thing perfectly clear: I have never been a synth head, mostly because I’ve always found that designing with recorded audio is much more immediately satisfying. Rob Papen’s The 4 Element Synth might change that.

I have taken courses, read magazines, looked up tutorials online and otherwise tried very hard to wrap my head around synthesizing my own sounds and with very few exceptions I usually wound up giving up in frustration.

Within 20 minutes of sitting down with The 4 Element Synth, I realised my frustration wasn’t due to my lack of understanding, but because none of my ‘lessons’ explained synthesis very well.

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 | 0 comments

New Events Calendar

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First, to all of those who responded to our survey, we’d like to say, “Thank you!” We’ve poured through all of your responses, and we take your comments and suggestions very seriously. We’re going to do our best to follow up on those ideas that we feel make the most sense for the site. We’re not interested in replicating what’s already available on other sites, and there’s only so much that a site run by volunteers can do. However, you did give us a lot of excellent ideas for features and directions to take the site moving forward. One of them, is our spiffy new Events Calendar.

Its permanent home is under the “Resources” tab at the top of the page. The calendar will only list educational and social opportunities. We’re going to do our best to keep it populated with seminars, conferences, symposiums, web presentations, and professional meetups. So, if you happen to spy something interesting out there in the world (no matter which country it’s in), or you’re putting something together yourself (even if it’s just a gathering for drinks and conversations), then let us know. Hopefully, it will help you keep track of what’s going on in your local and global audio community.

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