Welcome back to my series of blogs that collect some tutorial resources about game music middleware for the game music composer. I had initially intended to publish two blog entries on this subject, focusing on the most popular audio middleware solutions: Wwise and FMOD. However, since the Fabric audio middleware has been making such a splash in the game audio community, I thought I’d extend this series to include it. If you’d like to read the first two blog entries in this series, you can find them here:
Game Music Middleware, Part 1: Wwise
Game Music Middleware, Part 2: FMOD
Fabric is developed by Tazman Audio for the Unity game engine (which enables game development for consoles, PCs, mobile devices such as iOS and Android, and games designed to run within a web browser). Here’s a Unity game engine overview produced by Unity Technologies:
The Fabric middleware is designed to expand the audio capabilities of the Unity game engine. The complete product manual for the Fabric middleware is available online. The video tutorials that I’m featuring below were created by two game audio professionals who have very generously walked us through the use of the software. If you’d like a more nuts-and-bolts overview of the software features of Fabric, you can find it here.
The first video was shot in 2013 during the Konsoll game development conference in Norway, and gives an overview of the general use of Fabric in game audio. The speaker, Jory Prum, is an accomplished game audio professional whose game credits include The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Broken Age, SimCity 4, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and many more.
Making a great sounding Unity game using Fabric
In the next two-part video tutorial, composer Anastasia Devana has expanded on her previous instructional videos about FMOD Studio, focusing now on recreating the same music implementation strategies and techniques using the Fabric middleware in Unity. Anastasia Devana is an award-winning composer whose game credits include the recently released puzzle game Synergy and the upcoming roleplaying game Anima – Gate of Memories.
Fabric and Unity: Adaptive Music in Angry Bots – Part 1
Fabric and Unity: Adaptive Music in Angry Bots – Part 2