Types of sound

Con­sider each separately, but plan for com­bin­ing

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Imag­ine your favourite movie with­out the iconic score. Jaws with­out the omi­nous two-chord warn­ing? Star Wars with­out the in­cred­i­ble score, driv­ing the ac­tion from the first iconic frame? Great mu­sic has its own life; it’s es­sen­tial to the suc­cess of the pro­duc­tion.

Am­bi­ent Sound

In film and game de­sign this is also called asyn­chro­nous sound. It is not di­rectly synced with other ac­tions, but forms a mood bed or at­mo­spheric sound-scape. Crick­ets chirp­ing, a crack­ling fire or sounds of the city at night. Am­bi­ent loops that set a tone for the ex­pe­ri­ence. Of all the types of sound, this has the strong­est abil­ity to sub­con­sciously trans­port the user into the world of the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Sound FX

Ev­ery in­ter­ac­tion, achieve­ment un­locked and warn­ing can be en­hanced with sound ef­fects. They can re­in­force the tone of the ex­pe­ri­ence, and com­mu­ni­cate greater de­tail quickly to a user. A clear warn­ing tone might sig­nal a low bat­tery, be­fore the user no­tices the flash­ing bar. A gen­tle bell or sat­is­fy­ing click when press­ing a but­ton can en­cour­age and make an ac­tion more en­joy­able. The nice pop ef­fect when you pull down on Twit­ter to re­fresh re­sults is a great ex­am­ple.


Voiceovers can hu­man­ise an ex­pe­ri­ence, guide a user with in­struc­tions, and serve the func­tional roll of com­mu­ni­cat­ing im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion in the ab­sence of vi­su­als. For ex­am­ple, a nav­i­ga­tional app for driv­ing or an in­struc­tional tool. Pitch recog­ni­tion for tun­ing an in­stru­ment or voice recog­ni­tion to re­ceive com­mands are just a cou­ple of pos­si­bil­i­ties. Voice as­sis­tance through apps such as Alexa or Siri are rapidly becoming part of ev­ery ex­pense, from us­ing our phone, op­er­at­ing our ve­hi­cles or set­ting the mood with some mu­sic at home. Voice recog­ni­tion in sites and apps is grow­ing and will con­tinue to grow.

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