The time has come for interactive soundtracks on the web. Broadband Internet connections are attainable for most businesses and consumers, and compression technology has become standardized. Tools such as Macromedia Flash offer powerful functionality for integrating synchronized, multi-layered soundtracks. So why are most developers still using loops?
The answer is that longer, dynamic musical arrangements still require too much download time for the average end user, even with the availability of faster internet connections. Luckily there is a compromise: using component audio pieces and layering techniques a designer can reduce file size and break away from the tedium of beat loops. The use of this techinque allows the developer to create the feel of a custom full production soundtrack to their multimedia projects without exposing the user to extreme download times. As the visual component of web sites continues to advance, these techniques will provide the opportunity to offer interactive audio accompaniment that enhances the multimedia experience. The goal here is to have the end user reaching to turn their speakers up, not off!
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