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SkooterinEb 02-20-2009 01:11 PM

Composing music vs. Designing Audio
What is the difference? I'm used to thinking of music in notes and theory, so how does that apply to designing audio?

Gshonk 02-20-2009 03:55 PM

Audio could be any sounds in a game, not just the music.

Gamecues 04-10-2009 09:41 AM

I don't compose music but I do design audio. I think that audio design would include sfx creation, ambient textures for background music and mood music. While composing actually includes theory and writing.


the_grimace 04-16-2009 03:18 PM

audio designers usually make sfx and fx noises.

they are responsible for every single sound effect used in a game. A gunshot, a door closing, footsteps, a monster growl, animal sound, etc.

an audio designer will make these noises by either live recording actual sounds from field work. (The guys at DICE on Battlefield Bad Company recorded real tracks of each and every gun in the game. They also researched echo and reverb based on the environment, and made sure to implement this into the sound) An audio designer will even synthesize his own sounds by manipulating current sound effects till they are pitched exactly as the audio guy wants.

For ex. i once saw a guy who made a chime effect by recording the sound of him hitting two hammers today, then he manipulated the original sound using software until he had created a really unique chime sound.


a music composer writes entire scores and compositions for the game.


hope that helped

amilcojazz 05-04-2009 07:20 AM

Hi all. This is my first time in this interesting forum.

My name is aldo and I'm a composer and sound designer for videogames...

As a composer I write and produce the background music, the theme (when it's necessary) and songs for all the situations where developers want music.

as a sound designer I do make all the sfx of the game and when they are important the "enviromental sounds": I think the enviromental sounds are an hard job for a sound designer, but when the work is good the result is impressive.

about the softwares (the technical side of the story) sometime a composer and sound designer use the same softwares....especially sequencer and audio editing softwares.

kind regards

Aldo Scoppa

Sara jones 06-28-2009 09:20 PM

Hi amilcojazz, Welcome to the forum. It seems to me that you are going to be an well known and familiar person at this forum very soon.

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