game audio questions Asbjoern Andersen


How do you get started - and make it - in game audio? To help with those inevitable questions on where to begin, what to expect, what to focus on, and how to succeed, Akash Thakkar has launched a great series of short, to-the-point answers to many of the questions that typically come to mind. Check out his thoughts and answers in the videos below + explore the additional 21 resources we've found for you:
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Should you go to school to work in game audio?

Do you have to go to university/college to work in game audio, or in the game industry as a whole?

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What gear do you need to work in game music and sound?

Do you really need tons of fancy microphones and recorders to get started as a composer/sound designer?

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What do you need to know to work in the game industry?

In this video, Akash Thakkar lets you in on a skill that many people are seriously lacking in the game industry:

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Can you find game audio projects online?

In this video, Akash Thakkar tells you why it’s a bad idea to rely purely on online networking to get freelance gigs in the game industry:

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Can you make money as a sound designer?

Some thoughts on whether or not you can actually make a GOOD living as a sound designer in games:

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How do you get feedback on your demo reel?

Here’s how you can get great feedback on your portfolio and demo reel:

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How much should you charge?

Insights on that eternal question: How much should you charge for your music and sound?

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Latest releases:  
  • House 01 – A virtual grab bag of normal. A complete house as a document. Doors, windows, more doors. Lots of perspectives and various strengths and positions of just about everything.

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  • The All Metal sound effects library features 765 sounds of metal clashing, clanging and resonating as metal pieces are rummaged through, dropped, and tossed. Create with the various distinct sonic properties of metal objects — from squeaky gates, rattley wires, ringing wrenches, warbling sheet metal, clattering swords and more.

    Each sound was pristinely recorded at 192kHz with lots of variations for more creative freedom. Uncover the sonic treasures that await as you pitch and process the squeals, squeaks and moans of the metallic debris for limitless sound design opportunities. Strengthen your projects with the distinct buzzing, scraping and reverberation of metal impacts for both literal use and creative implementation as layers for intense sound design.

    Each sound file is embedded with diligent metadata to help you find the exact sound effect you need with fast, pinpoint search. Advanced metadata fields ensure compatibility across any database search platform such as Search by PSE, Soundminer, BaseHead, Netmix, Workspace (Pro Tools), Find Tool (Media Composer), Media Bay (Nuendo), Reaper, Adobe Premiere, and beyond.

    Key Features:

    • 765 sound effects (2GB)
    • 24 bit/96k, 24 bit/192k broadcast .wav files
    • Descriptive embedded metadata
    • 100% Royalty-Free

    Credits:

    • Saro Sahihi
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  • Chicago Ambisonics is a library of B-format city ambiences with “virtual microphone” software.

    Included software allows users to tweak perspective in real time for greater control and creativity. The Ambisonics format offers versatile use of the library, as the recordings can be decoded to mono, stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and beyond. The creative possibilities are endless!

    Featuring 35 high-quality urban ambiences (over 3 hours total), Chicago Ambisonics includes SurroundZone2 software by TSL Products that allows you to point “virtual microphones” any direction with a wide range of polar patterns. Unparalleled flexibility lets users match backgrounds with the specific setting of any scene.

    With more productions filming in Chicago than ever before, a Chicago sound effects library is an asset for any sound editor. Chicago Ambisonics features 24-bit/96 kHz city atmospheres captured all over Chicago including recordings from from Magnificent Mile, Chinatown, the L Train, West Loop, Kennedy Expressway, O’Hare International Airport, Lake View, & Wrigley Field.

    This library is also perfect for use in 3D Audio applications including VR experiences and 360º video – prepare your sound effects library for the future of immersive media! Pre-rendered stereo versions of all of the recordings are included as well.

    Key Features:

    • 35 pristine recordings in B-Format (FuMa) & Stereo (14GB)
    • Over 3 hours of immersive Chicago ambiences
    • Average recording length of 6 minutes
    • Diverse Chicago atmospheres: Including streets, parks, & subways
    • 24-bit/96kHz broadcast .wav files
    • SurroundZone2 software by TSL Products: Gives you full control over “virtual microphone” position and polar patterns
    • 100% Royalty-Free

    Notes:

    • Your DAW must support Quad (4-channel) tracks in order to use SurroundZone2 plug-in.
  • RAW CELLO FX features manipulated and mangled cello sound effects designed to provide the full character of the instrument and harmonic richness in order to create a completely unique set of organic samples between music and noise, intimate and vivid bold sounds expanding new possibilities out of this instrument.

    Different techniques and less-than-conventional microphone placement have been used to create gorgeous harmonics and a wide array of interesting sounds. We “played” with fingers and hands, different bows against the strings, objects and kitchen utensils, bowing, scraping or hitting single and multiple strings or parts of the wood body. 

    The collection features designed hits, bow, crescendo, screech, woosh, swell, bonus fx folder and is ready for trailer and soundtrack projects.

     

     

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  • This is a collection of old and modern doors.

    The collection includes wood doors , glass doors and metal doors recorded in an old theater , a cottage and an appartment.
    There are 124 files of slamming doors, doors opening and closing, creaking doors, doors handles and locks.

    Add to cart


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How do you get game audio experience WITHOUT a job?

Look around and you’ll see almost EVERY game industry job requires some form of experience… so how do you get experience if you’re new to the field?

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Do you need to know how to code to work in game audio?

Do you need to know how to program to work in game audio? Here are some insights on that:

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How long until you get paid?

How long will it take before you start getting paid for your music and sound work?

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Can you be an in-house composer?

Is it possible to become an in-house, full-time composer at a game company? Listen in as we cover whether or not that’s possible:

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Are you too old to work in games?

Wondering if it’s too late to work in the game industry if you’re above a certain age? Some thoughts on that here:

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Do you have to be a game audio freelancer?

Do you HAVE to freelance to work in games? Here are Akash’s thoughts on that:

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A big thanks to Akash Thakkar for his game audio insights! And if you’re looking for further resources on how to get started and make it in audio, check out our hand-picked selection below:

 

 

Further reading on freelance audio success:

Want to learn more about making it in audio? We’ve done some digging and have found the following resources for you – hope they come in handy!

Succeed in game audio:

How to Set (and Get) the Right Price for Your Audio Work

10 Essential Tips for Game Audio Freelancers

How to be a successful sound designer – with Scott Gershin

5 Useful Tips for Upcoming Sound Designers and Sound Editors

Building a successful audio post studio – with Kate Finan and Jeff Shiffman
 

Breaking into game audio – guides and resources:

The ‘Quit Aspiring’ book – by Adam Croft

Applying for a job in game audio – by Matthew Florianz

Freelance Game Audio: Getting Started and finding work – by Ashton Morris

Yet Another Game Audio Hiring Article – by Ariel Gross

Courses: How to network and get paid for your work in the game industry – by Akash Thakkar

 

Finding those audio jobs:

Hand-picked audio jobs on Soundlister

Get the weekly Audio Jobs newsletter

Join the Audio Jobs Facebook group
 

Showcasing your work:

Get a free profile on Soundlister

Upload your demos to Soundcloud

Upload your demos to ReelCrafter
 

Networking:

Find game audio community groups around the world

Find interesting audio events around the world
 

Education and knowledge:

Get an audio mentor at the Audio Mentoring Project

Read the 100s of sound stories and guides here on the A Sound Effect blog (search for stories here)

Browse Industry Data: Game Music and Sound Design Salary Survey Results

Take online courses in Wwise, FMOD Studio, Unity, Pure Data & Unreal at the School of Video Game Audio


 
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  • House 01 – A virtual grab bag of normal. A complete house as a document. Doors, windows, more doors. Lots of perspectives and various strengths and positions of just about everything.

    20 %
    OFF
    Ends 1598047199
  • The All Metal sound effects library features 765 sounds of metal clashing, clanging and resonating as metal pieces are rummaged through, dropped, and tossed. Create with the various distinct sonic properties of metal objects — from squeaky gates, rattley wires, ringing wrenches, warbling sheet metal, clattering swords and more.

    Each sound was pristinely recorded at 192kHz with lots of variations for more creative freedom. Uncover the sonic treasures that await as you pitch and process the squeals, squeaks and moans of the metallic debris for limitless sound design opportunities. Strengthen your projects with the distinct buzzing, scraping and reverberation of metal impacts for both literal use and creative implementation as layers for intense sound design.

    Each sound file is embedded with diligent metadata to help you find the exact sound effect you need with fast, pinpoint search. Advanced metadata fields ensure compatibility across any database search platform such as Search by PSE, Soundminer, BaseHead, Netmix, Workspace (Pro Tools), Find Tool (Media Composer), Media Bay (Nuendo), Reaper, Adobe Premiere, and beyond.

    Key Features:

    • 765 sound effects (2GB)
    • 24 bit/96k, 24 bit/192k broadcast .wav files
    • Descriptive embedded metadata
    • 100% Royalty-Free

    Credits:

    • Saro Sahihi
  • Chicago Ambisonics is a library of B-format city ambiences with “virtual microphone” software.

    Included software allows users to tweak perspective in real time for greater control and creativity. The Ambisonics format offers versatile use of the library, as the recordings can be decoded to mono, stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and beyond. The creative possibilities are endless!

    Featuring 35 high-quality urban ambiences (over 3 hours total), Chicago Ambisonics includes SurroundZone2 software by TSL Products that allows you to point “virtual microphones” any direction with a wide range of polar patterns. Unparalleled flexibility lets users match backgrounds with the specific setting of any scene.

    With more productions filming in Chicago than ever before, a Chicago sound effects library is an asset for any sound editor. Chicago Ambisonics features 24-bit/96 kHz city atmospheres captured all over Chicago including recordings from from Magnificent Mile, Chinatown, the L Train, West Loop, Kennedy Expressway, O’Hare International Airport, Lake View, & Wrigley Field.

    This library is also perfect for use in 3D Audio applications including VR experiences and 360º video – prepare your sound effects library for the future of immersive media! Pre-rendered stereo versions of all of the recordings are included as well.

    Key Features:

    • 35 pristine recordings in B-Format (FuMa) & Stereo (14GB)
    • Over 3 hours of immersive Chicago ambiences
    • Average recording length of 6 minutes
    • Diverse Chicago atmospheres: Including streets, parks, & subways
    • 24-bit/96kHz broadcast .wav files
    • SurroundZone2 software by TSL Products: Gives you full control over “virtual microphone” position and polar patterns
    • 100% Royalty-Free

    Notes:

    • Your DAW must support Quad (4-channel) tracks in order to use SurroundZone2 plug-in.
  • RAW CELLO FX features manipulated and mangled cello sound effects designed to provide the full character of the instrument and harmonic richness in order to create a completely unique set of organic samples between music and noise, intimate and vivid bold sounds expanding new possibilities out of this instrument.

    Different techniques and less-than-conventional microphone placement have been used to create gorgeous harmonics and a wide array of interesting sounds. We “played” with fingers and hands, different bows against the strings, objects and kitchen utensils, bowing, scraping or hitting single and multiple strings or parts of the wood body. 

    The collection features designed hits, bow, crescendo, screech, woosh, swell, bonus fx folder and is ready for trailer and soundtrack projects.

     

     

  • This is a collection of old and modern doors.

    The collection includes wood doors , glass doors and metal doors recorded in an old theater , a cottage and an appartment.
    There are 124 files of slamming doors, doors opening and closing, creaking doors, doors handles and locks.

 
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