Game Audio Essentials – Lesson 2

Scoring For Games: part 1

15m 18s beginner Beginner
Author: Akash Thakkar

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Game Audio Essentials is a 6-part course that serves as an introduction to the technical and creative aspects of video game audio. In the course we cover everything from game audio history, creating interactive musical scores, sound design, and breaking in to the game industry as a whole. This course is taught by Akash Thakkar, Berklee College of Music alumnus and active game composer/sound designer. No prior game scoring experience is necessary, but a love of video games is a plus! Students are recommended to own or have access to a computer with MIDI sequencing and audio recording software to complete the course challenges.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Analyze interactive audio in games
  • Work with and understand common game audio tools
  • Compose your own video game music
  • Create your own sound effects
  • Promote yourself in the game industry

Lesson 2 – Scoring for Games: part 1

  • Game Scoring Tools – an overview of DAWs, synthesizers and virtual instruments, and mixing tools
  • Middleware and implementation introduction
  • Interactive music – Creating looping, branching, and layered music

Sharpen your skills:

  • Watch file format, middleware and DAW videos
  • Download FMod (Mac & PC), and Wwise (PC only)
  • Create a short looping piece of music, and post in the comments thread below
  • Implement the track into the middleware of your choice