Today’s Audio-Focused Dreams Update Features Monster Vocal Effects

Today’s Audio-Focused Dreams Update Features Monster Vocal Effects
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Another Dreams update is here! If we listen carefully, we can hear the cries of joy from gamers all over the world… Oh no, wait. That’s the game audio playing on our headset. It makes sense, as this latest update to Dreams, V2.42, available to download starting today, April 7th, brings a large collection of professionally created and recorded monster screams, growls, growls, and gurgles for you to use in your creations.

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Captured on PS4 Pro.

“Why monster sound effects?” you might well ask. For the release of our latest game, Ancient dangers: the story of a bat, we worked with the talented team at The Monster Factory, who voiced all kinds of creatures, orcs, and dragons for the game. We were so pleased with the results that we wanted to make this amazing audio available for the community to use and remix into anything they can imagine.

The secrets behind the sound effects

What makes our monsters’ hell howls so high quality? Well, first of all, a good old-fashioned collaboration between the teams at The Monster Factory and Media Molecule.

“Thomas [Colvin] and smooth [Devon] they had a clear vision of what they wanted for their monsters,” says Sébastian Croteau, co-founder of The Monster Factory. Croteau listened to the audio references from him and then began the casting process in Montreal. The team stayed true to the voice direction they were given, but also put their own spin on the monster characters.

“It just came naturally,” says Croteau. “We can get a lot from what the monsters look like, their body type and facial features. Those visual elements really help shape our sound design and creation process.”

But there’s something else that gives Croteau’s voice acting work an edge: his experience as the lead singer of a death metal band, Necrotic Mutation.

“Being a throat singer and a metal vocalist definitely helps,” says Croteau. “Metal vocalists have the unique ability to produce otherworldly, distorted, organic sounds without resorting to digital modification of their voice. In addition, our training allows us to make these guttural sounds for recording sessions of several hours, without damaging our voices.

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Sébastian Croteau from The Monster Factory, as Dragon Guard

“Many people would think that these types of voices are just screaming, but they are much more than that,” continues Croteau. “There is a precise technique behind them and believe it or not, the technique used in throat singing is very similar to the technique used in metal vocals.”

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Roxana BL from The Monster Factory, as Hypatia the Dragon

It was wonderful to work with these talented artists, and apparently the feeling is mutual.

“Working with Tom and Lisa and the rest of the Media Molecule team is something we will remember for a long time,” says Croteau. “Usually we are hired to voice nightmarish zombies, demonic creatures or horrible monsters. Working on Ancient Dangers: A Bat’s Tale allowed us to express scary but funny characters, instead of the kind of hellish demon sounds that clients usually request from us.

“We are very pleased with the end result and we all really enjoyed the game.”

Oh thank you Sebastien!

But wait, there is more!

This audio update includes a couple of nifty new features for creators looking to optimize audio. Test mode now has an audio analysis feature that allows you to check the memory usage and cost of audio elements in a build.

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Captured on PS4 Pro.

We’ve also added a new audio thermometer that measures sound readiness; basically, whether the sounds you’ve included in a creation play correctly, how much memory they’re using, and more. You can find more details about these tools at this patch notes post finished daydreams.me.

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Captured on PS4 Pro.

Once again, all of this audio goodness is available to download right now: launch Dreams after installing the update, and you can see the new audio tools in edit mode, as well as hear, use, and mix the amazing monster performances. from The Monster Factory for your own creations. Have fun!

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