I’m very new to FMOD, just starting out with the tutorial and examples. the thing is not all the examples discussed in the power point seem to be in the example file loaded into FMOD designer. Example, " Complex Sound Definition" is not in the Event Tab, and niether are several more demos that follow… what have I missed? btw, i’m using OSX.
Since I’m basically teaching myself, it would be good to have my head around all the examples…
Next question, I want to be able to pan audio in surround and have tried with a sound in the event editor using the surround pan tool, however audio is only coming out stereo. I am using a digidesign 192 interface and I would expect FMOD to out put 5.1 to channels 1 – 6 of the 192… maybe not?
All answers, clues, hint are greatly appreciated
- TimL asked 10 years ago
I suggest you take a look at "Audio MIDI Setup" on your Mac. If you go to "Configure Speakers" for your DigiDesign you should see a drop down box with different speaker setups. You can choose 5.1 for instance and specify which channels on your device maps to each of the speakers in the 5.1 setup. Designer detects which setting you have active in that drop down box and will obey and channel mappings you provide.
Let me know if you have any problems, and if you find that the only setting in the "Configure Speakers" section is stereo you won’t be able to hear surround, this is a limitation of the device’s CoreAudio driver.
Thanks for the reply Mathew,
The Digidesign CoreAudio preferences don’t allow you to Configure Speakers, however using Digidesign HD as the driver for other applications (including protoolsHD, logic, max/msp and Qlab) I can still route audio to mulitple output channels (1 – 6 = l,,r,c,lfe,ls,rs) So I know my set up is functioning the way it should for surround sound projects.
I also tried using an app called soundflower that lets you routes audio from one program to another but it appeared that FMOD would only route 2 channels of audio, even though when I set speakers to 5.1 and tested, audio was in surround. I was using the surround panner tool and 3D audition which I would have thought would send the sound position information to the relative output channels. It didn’t.
Is there a workaround for ProTools HD hardware? I’d imagine that many sound designers using FMOD would have a similar set up and know of a solution. What are the possibilites of including Pro Tools compatibilty in the future?
Thats a shame, I thought there were DigiDesign drivers available for CoreAudio that provided multichannel support, perhaps this is something you can download? I haven’t checked.
Directly supporting the DigiDesign interface (as you say other applications do) might be an option for us, but we haven’t evaluated the details of doing that as yet (and we don’t have the hardware to test on). It is currently considered low priority because it was assumed the CoreAudio interface would suffice, if this proves to not be the case we can take another look at that priority.
I am not familiar with the program SoundFlower, but from what I have read briefly it sounds like it presents itself as a new multichannel device. If you can set the "Configure Speakers" setting for that device, choose say 5.1 and then run Designer, setting it to use the SoundFlower device you should be able to get the surround sound to go into the app. Then the onus is on SoundFlower to interface with your hardware, which I am unsure of whether it can do.
Digidesign CoreAudio driver supports mulit channel for other apps, so I would have assumed that FMOD would be supported too.
SoundFlower can be configured for 5.1 and audio is routed to each of the channels. The only audio I am getting out of designer is channels 1 + 2.
I’m beginning to think maybe I’m not using designer correctly.
I am using one of the examples (2d 3d panning) and then use the 3d audition tool and surround pan tool but the audio is still stereo only. Could it be this?
Unfortunately if the Digidesign driver cannot allow you to configure the speaker setup via Audio MIDI Setup, then Designer doesn’t know what speaker mode to use for output, so it defaults to stereo.
As for SoundFlower, I installed it here and it seems to work for me. I ran Designer, went into the options and set the output device to "Soundflower (16ch)". Then I ran Soundflowerbed and set the "Soundflower (16ch)" options to point to my multichannel firewire card. Finally I went into Audio MIDI Setup and went to configure speakers, and set the multichannel option to 5.1 for the 16ch soundflower device.
My tests here are using Designer with the example project, using the 2D-3DPanMorph event with the Audition 3D tool.
So it looks like soundflower would be my best option but currently it hangs when I use soundflowerbed. Once I overcome this issue I should be able to use FMOD in 3D mode. It has been a fairly easy learning curve so far and has got great potential as a sound designers tool which I’m looking forward to exploring more.
OK, I’ve realized that chapter 5 tutorial example refers to the user manual, not the power point tutorial, so that answers the first question.
I’m still trying to work out how to monitor the sound in surround. I’ve used the surround panner, played with levels of surround channels in the event properties and had a pretty good look through the forum for similar questions. The sound prefs in FMOD don’t seem to give many options. All sound out of FMOD is routed to 1/2 output of the audio interface which only gives me stereo. So what have I missed?
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