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Audio Summit: DIY Musical Instruments Using Unity, Wwise and Game Controllers

Ressa Schwarzwald  (Audio Lead, Creative Mobile)

Date: Tuesday, July 20

Time: 3:20pm - 3:50pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass, Audio Pass

Topic: Audio

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: I acknowledge GDC 2021 is an all-digital event and commit to participating virtually.

If you're specialized in interactive audio, not in programming, you're still able to make musical instruments using the variety of software and gaming hardware we have nowadays. It's pure fun as those instruments can be customized from the top to the bottom. It's possible to use different controllers and play recorded or even resynthesized timbres with them. All this can be done easily: with simple scripts, the power of game engines and audio middleware.


Ressa will show simple ways to make weird musical instruments from the things an average gamer uses every day. The process of researching and developing the instruments, as well as some hints for those who want to try it themselves, will be provided.

Intended Audience

Interactive audio specialists, people who have a notion about audio middleware and controllers, those who admire weird inventions and want to be entertained.