Sound Design

Sound Manager/Sound Effects

The Sound Manager stored all of the SFX and music in the game, it also connected all audio to three volume sliders (SFX, Music and Master) Using Unity’s Audio Mixer. We bound the value to a in-game slider as well, so the player also could adjust the volume to their liking.

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For every gramophone you collect and place at the altar, another music track starts to play, to avoid the tracks to get out of sync we did so all the tracks starts to play when you place the first gramophone, ut their volume is turned down to zero (this is not done through the audio mixer to avoid complications and issues). For every gramophone you collect we turn another track up to the corresponding value again. This is how we managed to keep the audio in sync and give the player the feeling that the tracks were added sequentially.

Sound Design

Player Movement: The player assumes the role of a small magnetic armadillo. We wanted the armadillo to feel light and easy to control. So the footsteps are light and swift, there is not much bass to the movement sound effects. The player sorts of flies through the world, with swift movements. When you are rolling it’s a different sound though, it’s a quiet rumbling sound with a faint metallic rustle.

Magnetic and transformation: Since the player is going to be magnetic a lot of the time, I didn’t want to make the magnetic sound annoying or off-putting. So the magnetic track is pretty long, this is to avoid it to loop. A looping sound can easily become annoying to the player quite fast. The magnetic sound is also not too loud, I didn’t want it to be intrusive and cancel out the music. I also put a lot of work on the transformation sound. Since it’s also something the player will do a lot. I wanted to make the sound satisfying. Both when the player transformed into a ball and when the player transforms a back into the regular shape. When the player transforms into a ball i wanted to accentuate the metallic feel of the shell. so it’s a sharp/bouncy metal “schwing!” combined with a few clicks. When the player folds out it’s sort of a pronounced click-sound. This is to pronounce the transformations and make it feel good to transform back and forth.

Gramophones: When collecting a gramophone I didn’t want the player not to notice it. So when picking up a gramophone a pronounced “GONG”sound is played, along a fast track where a needle is played on a vinyl. This way there is no way the player won’t notice that they picked up a gramophone, it also feels good to hear. A variant of the sound is played when you turn in the gramophone, I just pitched it up a notch to provide some variation.

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