At any point in the development process you might find it helpful to build a simulation using the Wwise objects and Events you have been working on. To accomplish this, Wwise has created a simulation environment called the Soundcaster where you can play back sound, music, and motion structures asynchronously. This means you can control what plays and when. This can be very handy for testing events, mixing in real time, and so on. The Soundcaster is a powerful tool that can be used for:
Prototyping and experimenting;
Developing a proof of concept; and
Auditioning sounds, music, and motion simultaneously.
Since you can simulate in Wwise alone or by remotely connecting to a game, the Soundcaster provides you with many different uses for your simulation. For any simulation you can choose to:
Selectively audition the audio or motion for each platform.
Audition pre-converted audio files.
Profile your audio and/or motion as it is playing back.
Mix and test your audio and motion in Wwise by manually simulating the game action.
Profile your audio and motion in game and in Wwise.
Experiment with the sound, music, and motion objects associated with a game object.
Mix and test your sounds, music, and motion in game.
Before you can create a simulation in the Soundcaster, you need to create a Soundcaster session, which is like a Preset that contains the Wwise objects and Events used in a simulation. Each Soundcaster layout is saved as a session in the Sessions tab of the Project Explorer, under its corresponding Work Unit. To help you easily identify a Soundcaster session in the interface, Wwise uses a unique icon to represent it.
You can access the Soundcaster by double-clicking a session in the Project Explorer, or from the menu bar by clicking Views > Soundcaster. When you open the Soundcaster from the menu bar, the most recently viewed Soundcaster session is displayed.
You can also press Shift + S to open the Soundcaster.
The Soundcaster consists of three areas:
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Using the different areas of the Soundcaster, you can work with its mixing and playback functionalities when you build your simulation.