It doesn’t seem like it is currently possible to build interleaved banks via FMOD Designer. Our music is set up in Designer, and it appears that it is therefore impossible to have stereo VAG support on PS2 via the Event API. Am i mistaken?
- baisoku asked 11 years ago
Can anyone recommend any good tools for building a 16-channel wave file out of 16 mono wave files (free or cheap tools would be ideal)?
The ones I’ve been able to find so far have only been able to build waves with <= 8 channels.
(We’d like to be able to import interleaved music files with 8 stereo tracks into FMOD designer)
- rwbmaclean answered 10 years ago
I’m curious as to how this could be implemented in Designer. If we import an interleaved FSB, would each individual channel show up? This would be ideal, as it would allow us to create a really nice dynamic music system based off of events, parameters, and crossfading of channels in streams….
[quote="misterite":qfevf0ov]"loading files with more than 8 channels in fmod designer leads to an error (something like "this is no audio file")."
Is this issue fixed?[/quote:qfevf0ov]
Yes. Designer can now load sounds with up to 16 channels.
- Guest answered 9 years ago
FSBankEx supports this (part of the programmers sdk toolset), you can use 16 mono wav files and output. I’m not sure if FMOD Designer supports .fsb files but we can look into it, if it doesnt , it will be a simple tweak to do it.
FSBankEx just requires you to select ‘single interleaved file’ as the build mode, specify a directory with your 16 mono wavs, output the .fsb format as pc/pcm and you will get a 16 channel interleaved file.
yes, you can configure the file type in the wav bank to show up as multiple mono or groups of stereo streams. (right click on the wav in the bank and click channel setup)
then you can slap a channel mixer effect on it, and configure which channels you want, so that you can control each individual stream’s volume independently.
we are using this to crossfade different tracks (essentially, different submixes of a song like drum or ambient parts) that play in sync with eachother, then use fmod parameters to control which tracks fade in and out. works pretty well so far!
(thanx to ben batt from firelight who informed me of how to do this. here is his comment:
"Just a note about the “Channel Mix” effect: you can add envelopes to control more channels from the Effect Properties dialog (accessed by right-clicking on the effect control widget in the event editor view). If you use this, you’ll probably want to look into changing the channel setup of the waveforms you use (right-click on the waveform in the wave bank view) to “3 x Stereo” or similar.")
- acrosby answered 10 years ago
Last I checked, FMOD Designer didn’t support interleaved fsb’s. You can import them, but it would barf when you tried to build the banks. I would love it if you guys made that "tweak" as it would allow us to be a lot more creative with our audio and would remove Audition as a critical part of our music pipeline.
Thanks, Acrosby. I’ve sent you a PM to discuss further – but my main concern with this approach is that this probably requires the software mixer, yes? I’m guessing the Channel Mix effect wouldn’t work with the Wii or PS2 reduced libraries…so I’m wondering if there is another way to control the volume of each stereo track in an interleaved stream through designer…
I was actually referring to importing an FSBANK generated fsb into a Designer wavebank in the same way that you would import a .wav file. Is that what you mean, too?
Our current pipeline for multitrack music is:
Set of wavs (one for each channel) -> Adobe Audition’s Surround Encoder -> 6-channel interleaved wav -> FMOD Designer.
I would like to replace that Audobe Audition -> multichannel wav step with an FSBank -> Interleaved FSB step, which would both cut a commercial tool out of our pipeline and allow us to do > 6 channel audio.
Just wondering if there’s a timeframe for when we might be able to see this functionality (import interleaved FSB into designer)?
If it is far out in the future, I’ll need to change-up the pipeline to incorporate one of these multi-channel WAV tools…
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