While I work on fixing and adding some more things here's a different kind of update:Newbie Adventures in Sound - part 1
I've been doing the sound for this project myself and thought it might be interesting to write a bit about that aspect of the game. I've dabbled in sound effects on other projects but for this I wanted to really try and learn more about it.
Looking for resources on the subject I found among other things the Sound in Games
wiki, which gives a nice overview of ways in which sound is used, and the Game Audio Podcast
, which has a lot of in-depth discussion, and links.Footsteps
were one of the first things I needed.
Recording actual steps on stone didn't seem to work. It felt like the distant side-perspective required something more subtle. After some experimentation tapping different surfaces with my fingers, I found my empty phone wallet sounded about right. I recorded for a while, isolated the best bits and then sorted them into variations with different sounds for left- and right foot
, three variations each, and four variations for landing. The more often you hear a sound, the more variations it needs.
Otherwise they get super annoying really fast. Pictured: footsteps on desk, spear replacement, bricks, pencils on mouse mat/carpet.
For other sounds I mostly used something that had similar shape and materials, like a gardening tool for the spear (metal end, wooden handle) and brick on stone tile for stones.
I wrote earlier I was a bit lost for ideas with the skeletons, particularly when they break into bits... I figured the sound had to have the 'bones' colliding with each other, not just with the ground, so multiple longish objects that make a lot of noise when they fall...
I have quite a few pencils lying around on my desk so I tried dropping these on different surfaces. With a slightly lowered pitch and speed in Audacity this seems to work pretty well, though I'm not quite happy with the regular sword hits yet.[edit: a small correction...
the pitfalls of writing about something a while after the fact: remembered wrong how I did the footstep sounds described above. While I did use my phone wallet, I used a block-shaped eraser, not my fingers, to make the tap-tap-tap
sound of tiny feet on stone... which is similar but gives the sound a slightly different character]