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11.1. New possibilities for interactive sound

Seasoned audio professionals accustomed to delivering high-fidelity sound without bandwidth constraints often have found it difficult to engineer a compelling aural experience for the Web. Sound "design" for the web is frequently limited to creating low-quality sound effects for rollover buttons or composing background music with the same software-based, General MIDI instruments everyone is using.

Beatnik offers a new kind of aural experience by connecting a listener's interactions with what they hear. The Beatnik System allows for accurate music playback of the sounds created in the Beatnik Editor, regardless of the user's platform or machine. For sound designers, Beatnik's precise playback in cross-platform environments gives it an advantage over MIDI-based web music composition and playback. With a basic knowledge of JavaScript, audio professionals can build sophisticated interactive soundtracks. Much of the Beatnik toolset will be familiar to the modern audio engineer, and there are several applications that help generate the JavaScript you need, including Macromedia's Dreamweaver.


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