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Mixing It Up The Last Great Challenge For Game Audio. Garry Taylor Audio/Video Manager Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Overview. Introduction What Is Mixing? Getting The Tools Monitoring Case Studies Summary. Introduction. Lots of money spent on recording/acquiring audio assets

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Mixing It UpThe Last Great Challenge For Game Audio

Garry Taylor

Audio/Video Manager

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe


Overview

  • Introduction

  • What Is Mixing?

  • Getting The Tools

  • Monitoring

  • Case Studies

  • Summary


Introduction

  • Lots of money spent on recording/acquiring audio assets

  • Implementation of those assets is just as important

  • In the past, mixing has not been given enough attention


What Is Mixing?

The technical answer:

  • Achieving clarity

    The artistic answer:

  • Focusing and manipulating the player


What Is Mixing?

  • Active Mixing

    • Triggering changes in the mix through in-game events

  • Passive Mixing

    • Routing and the configuration of dynamics processors and how they interact with each other


Getting The Tools

  • Prioritization of Sound Effects

  • Effective Sub-Grouping

  • The ability to save mixer snapshots and recall them via in-game events

  • Dynamics processors


Routing Example


Monitoring

  • Ideally, you should mix your game in a critical listening environment

  • If you don’t have a suitable room, hire one!

  • Consumer surround systems are very variable.


Case Studies


Case Study

  • 12 Vehicles

  • 12 Surfaces

  • Mix states for each type of event (i.e. Heavy Collision)

  • Configurable transition times between states


Case Study

  • Maximum of 192 Voices

  • Maximum of 31 Subgroups

  • 3 main mix groups: Music/Dialogue/SFX

  • Mixer zones specified within Maya correspond to mixer snapshots

  • Cutscenes have their own mixer snapshots


Summary

  • A good mix is extremely important

  • Mixing = clarity and focus

  • Invest in the right tools

  • Monitor in an accurate environment


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