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Chapter 16. Scripting for Sound > CONTROLLING SOUND WITH ACTIONSCRIPT

CONTROLLING SOUND WITH ACTIONSCRIPT

Although most of us can enjoy listening to music without thinking too much about what we’re hearing, the vibrations that make up even the most elementary sounds are actually far from simple—a fact made evident by the processing power requirements of most audio-editing programs. However, despite the complexity of even the most simple audio clip, sounds can be broken down into just three basic characteristics:

  • Length. A sound’s length can provide sensory cues about size (the short chirp of a small-car horn compared to the roar of a semi-truck’s horn) and urgency (the tinkle of a viciously shaken dinner bell compared to the long bong of a lazy Sunday church bell).

  • Volume. A sound’s volume provides clues about distance. Louder sounds give the feeling of closeness, whereas quiet sounds imply distance. A sound that gradually goes from quiet to loud, or vice versa, creates a sense of movement.

  • Panning. Panning represents the position of the sound from left to right. As with volume, this sound characteristic allows you to determine the relative position of the element making the sound. If you were to close your eyes at a tennis match, you could accurately determine the position of the ball (left or right of the net) simply by the “pop” of the ball being smacked by the racket.


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