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How Distance Has Shaped the Sound of Our Games

Matthew Florianz  (Principle Audio Designer, Frontier Developments)

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Audio Pass

Topic: Audio

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

An excessive number of sound sources (or voices) is a common problem faced in game audio development. This is especially true for management type-games that are complex, open world sandboxes in which a dynamic player controlled camera can go anywhere and piece-by-piece world building adds thousands of objects.
The audio team behind Planet Zoo, Planet Coaster, Jurassic World Evolution and Elite: Dangerous shares solutions and lessons-learned from managing thousands of audio sources in a dynamic environment. Using debug game footage, Principle Audio Designer, Matthew Florianz will walk you through run-time solutions that use context and impression (rather than distance) to make informed, data-driven mix decisions.
A generous view of the Planet Zoo’s Wwise project will offer an in-depth look at leveraging buses for propagation, mixing and optimizing maintenance of a project. Perhaps our approach might even inspire a different way of implementing distance in Wwise.


Robust voice management and systematic Wwise project implementation are key to performance and a great sounding game.
By diverging from the traditional concept of 1:1 distance based-audio implementations, audio devs can deliver a rich audio experience for the player in complex, open-world like games.

Intended Audience

Audio producers, project managers, designers and programmers who are in the pre-production phase of a game and managing run-time solutions to deal with performance, mix and scale (and all that that entails).