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Chapter 1. The Art of Sound Design > Interactive sound effects and buttons

1.8. Interactive sound effects and buttons

By nature, it is difficult to create short and interesting sounds, especially button sounds less than two seconds in length. With a two-second sound, there is not enough time for musical or rhythmic elements. The key to making a good short sound is to blend several layers of audio together to create a rich complex texture or mixture of sounds. The process of mixing and blending sounds together produces a rich sound that is more effective than using a single sound. Avoid using simple touch-tone beep sounds for rollover buttons.

Both of the sounds shown earlier in Figure 1-2 and Figure 1-3 were created by mixing three or more sounds together in a multitrack digital audio editing application. You can audition both of these sounds at http://www.designingwebaudio.com. The intro sound effect was created for a swirling water animation. That sound was created by blending various elements from a sound effects library: wind, flushing water, and a jet engine. The button sound was created by copying a segment of the original introductory audio clip. The point here is that you can often recycle portions of existing sounds to use as sound effects for other segments of your web site. To make your own button sounds using a multitrack digital editor, follow these steps:


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