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Development Process

Let's begin with something most production-oriented folks take for granted: planning. The desire to jump in and write songs, create incredible sounds, incorporate the latest middleware surround-sound solution, and hire the latest superstar actor for voice-over work makes us grind our teeth with anticipation, but it can lead to a mountain of wasted work and plenty of raised voices if it isn't planned properly. On the other hand, too much planning can lead to a product that is never released—and that, well, raises other voices. Let's look at how following the DPM can help us find a middle ground.

Why Do You Need a DPM?

Three factors determine the success or failure of any project: whether it's released on time, how closely it meets its budget, how well the product sells (its marketing, its appeal, and the fun factor). So a studio that doesn't want its project to fail must follow a schedule, a budget, and a plan. And audio isn't something thrown in at the last second anymore. We can't get away with a few cute beeps if we expect to satisfy the public. Therefore we plan, we communicate, and we document.


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