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Nov. 2 2002 1592000290 978-1592000296 Pap/Cdr
No matter how exciting the game and how realistic the visual effects, without catchy audio in the background it’s obvious that something is missing. New developments in technology enable you to do things with audio that weren’t possible before, but they also make it necessary to find a guide that walks you through the technical hurdles. "Beginning Game Audio Programming" covers the challenges that you will face as you create sound effects and music for your games and gives you the information you need to face these challenges head-on. You’ll learn how to compose dynamic music and program 3D sound. There’s even coverage of using DirectPlay Voice for real- time voice chat in your games! If you are comfortable with C++ and DirectX, then you’re ready to dive into the exciting world of audio with "Beginning Game Audio Programming".

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Mason McCuskey is a software engineer with 8 years of commercial programming experience. He has successfully managed his own game company since 1990. In 2000, his company, Spin Studios, was one of 9 world finalists at the Game Developer's Conference 2nd Annual Independent Games Festival. He has also written dozens of articles for gamedev.net. and other Web sites. Mason is the author of "Special Effects Game Programming with DirectX" by Premier Press.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing introductory resource Oct. 2 2003
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Computer audio programming has gained enormous momentum in recent years with the arrival of professional grade hardware at consumer prices. As a result, a surging opportunity has replaced the once desolate and antiquated field of audio software development.
Beginning Game Audio Programming provides students with the ability to implement a modern sound engine. It meticulously guides the reader through basic sound concepts, common API usage, and sound engine design as well as covering, in the process, a myriad of audio topics such as DirectPlay Voice, audio scripting, and visualization to familiarize the novice with the diverse facets of the field. This work is the ultimate tool for any aspiring sound programmer.
I recommend this book for any developer seeking an introductory course in audio programming. It provides a solid foundation of sound principles, API usage, file formats, effects, and sound engine design that are crucial to the field of game audio development.
This book carefully avoids becoming overly complex or didactic, offering descriptive explanations of the core concepts of audio programming. This refreshing outlook provides a student with a solid foundation from which to take large successive steps into the audio world.
This book is truly an excellent resource for anyone wishing to learn more about the blooming field of computer audio programming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing introductory resource Oct. 2 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Computer audio programming has gained enormous momentum in recent years with the arrival of professional grade hardware at consumer prices. As a result, a surging opportunity has replaced the once desolate and antiquated field of audio software development.
Beginning Game Audio Programming provides students with the ability to implement a modern sound engine. It meticulously guides the reader through basic sound concepts, common API usage, and sound engine design as well as covering, in the process, a myriad of audio topics such as DirectPlay Voice, audio scripting, and visualization to familiarize the novice with the diverse facets of the field. This work is the ultimate tool for any aspiring sound programmer.
I recommend this book for any developer seeking an introductory course in audio programming. It provides a solid foundation of sound principles, API usage, file formats, effects, and sound engine design that are crucial to the field of game audio development.
This book carefully avoids becoming overly complex or didactic, offering descriptive explanations of the core concepts of audio programming. This refreshing outlook provides a student with a solid foundation from which to take large successive steps into the audio world.
This book is truly an excellent resource for anyone wishing to learn more about the blooming field of computer audio programming.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Outdated Aug. 23 2013
By Scott C Nivens - Published on Amazon.com
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This would be a great book... if it were not outdated! I'm sure it was great when it was written in 2003, but too much has changed since then. The code on the CD won't compile, and many of the headers that need to be included are no longer part of the DirectX SDK. Unless you're doing research for a history project, it's next to worthless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying... Feb. 5 2006
By Mr. Dean B. White - Published on Amazon.com
Background: I created a game engine (Goblin 2D+ Engine) and for sound just used a 3rd party library (BASS). However I quickly found the additional A$150 for BASS was effecting the uptake of my engine because it was US$59.95 and the additional A$150 for BASS was killing it.

I knew nothing about sound programming so thought it was a hopeless dream to create my own sound engine.

In desperation I bought this book and was surprised (not just by the CD in 1 million bits :S)

Using this book as the basis I was able to create a fully functional sound library for my engine with all the features I was using in BASS.

Sound effects, music, 3d positional sound, panning, volume, pitch, playing .MOD music, OGG decoder. Basically all the functionality I wanted.

If anyone wants to see this in action... [...]

The book fills in the gaps MSDN seems to leave out. Also, unlike a lot of books, Mason has NOT cut and paste from MSDN documentation.

Thanks Mason!
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