• Clement S. Sealy, Jr.

How To Compose And Design Music For The Gaming Industry: Creating a Seamless Background Loop

Creating a seamless background loop is easy to create, however it does take some work. The concept of a seamless loop is so that the player can’t hear it and won’t get annoyed by it.  The player will become more involved in the game if everything flows effortlessly.


Now that you create your background loop hear are some things to look out for.  


Clicks and Pops

Even though your daw timing and the loop visually looks correct in playback you may find a few pops and clicks in its cycle of rotation. There are many ways to correct this.


Ambient Background

1. Using reverb to create a tale


2. Analyze your loop from beginning to end and find peaks and valleys.  If your track starts off moderately stable and its peaks are near the end you can slice the track to keep the loop seamless.


3.  Between the sliced audio always use crossfade to join the 2 pieces of track.  

4.  Once you have that loop the way you want it Copy and past it 3 times.


5. Bounce that track. Bounce in live mode. (Remember what bars of the middle loop (2nd) of the 3 you have created).  This is the loop with all the tail effect.


6. Once the track is bounced cut the first and third loop and bounce the location on your hard drive.


7.  Open an audio editor and check to see if your loop is seamless.


Musical Back Ground I use the same concept for seamless looping with musical backgrounds.  It works and it is effective. the difference is musical backgrounds have more tracks but there are some minor differences.


1. Bounce down all of the tracks to your hard drive.


2. Open a new project


3. import the audio


4. Duplicate the loop 3 times.


5 Bounce the track you can bounce offline. (Remember what bars of the middle loop (2nd) of the 3 you have created).  


6. Once the track is bounced cut the first and third loop and bounce the location on your hard drive.


7.  Open an audio editor and check to see if your loop is seamless.


Note:

These are background tracks leave a lot of headroom because there is are other sounds that you will be adding from SFX to dialog.


Happy creation and I will see you in our next article, Designing a Musical Background. 

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