Getting Started with Dialogue and Non-Verbal Vocalizations

When working with dialogue you need to distinguish between spoken and non-verbal dialogue. Spoken dialogue usually needs to be localized in different languages whereas non-verbal dialogue represents the palette of emotional vocalizations not usually translated. In the case of non-localized audio files, variations can be added directly to a sound object, organized within the Actor-Mixer Hierarchy, and added to events just like any other sound effect. To handle these dialogue considerations, the process for importing Voice assets into the project differs from music and sound effects. The fundamental difference being the opportunity to determine project languages in preparation for localization.

First you need to define the game project languages in the Language Manager located in Wwise>Project>Languages menu. You also need to define the reference language used throughout the project.

The reference language for the project is used in various situations:

  • Importing language files - when you are importing an audio file, the import conversion settings of the reference file are used.

  • Converting language files - when you are converting a language file, the conversion settings of the reference language can be selected.

  • Before language files are available - when certain language sources are not ready, the reference language can be used in their place.

Defining project languages in the Language Manager

After you have selected the languages, localized voice files can be imported either through the Project menu, or by simply dragging and dropping files into the Project window. Selecting Import as Sound Voice prepares the object for localization based on project languages established in the Language Manager.

Importing dialogue as a Sound Voice in the Audio File Importer

After a Sound Voice has been imported in the reference language, additional localized files can be added.

Adding an audio source for English language

A copy of the source audio files are then added to the project based on language. By default these files are copied to the Originals/Voice location within the project directory.

The folder hierarchy for copied Originals in the project Voices file folder