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AES San Francisco 2008
Tutorial T5

Friday, October 3, 11:30 am — 12:30 pm

T5 - A Postproduction Model for Video Game Audio: Sound Design, Mixing, and Studio Techniques

Rob Bridgett, Radical Entertainment - Vancouver, BC, Canada

In video game development, audio postproduction is still a concept that is frowned upon and frequently misunderstood. Audio content often still has the same cut-off deadlines as visual and design content, allowing no time to polish the audio or to reconsider the sound in context of the finished visuals. This tutorial talks about ways in which video game audio can learn from the models of postproduction sound in cinema, allotting a specific time at the end of a project for postproduction sound design, and perhaps more importantly, mixing and balancing all the elements of the soundtrack before the game is shipped. This tutorial will draw upon examples and experience of postproduction audio work we have done over the last two years such as mixing the Scarface game at Skywalker Sound and also more recent titles such as Prototype. The tutorial will investigate:

•Why cutting off sound at the same time as design and art doesn't work
•Planning and preparing for postproduction audio on a game
•Real-time sound replacement and mixing technology (proprietary and middleware solutions)
•Interactive mixing strategies (my game is 40+ hours long, how do I mix it all?)
•Building/equipping a studio for postproduction game audio.