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Author: Guymon Adams | Website: http://www.guymonadams.com

Volume Control, and attaching the sounds (cont.):

Now go back to the main timeline and delete volumeSlider from the stage - we're using Actionscript to attach it to our "volume1" movie. Add a keyframe to your main timeline and give it the following code in the Frame Actions panel:

maxSliders = 1;
topSide = 470;
startLeft = 533;
spacing = 1;
count = 0;
while (count

This script attaches the slider to your movie and places it at the coordinates you want with topSide and startLeft. The variables "maxSliders", "spacing" and "count" mainly apply if you want to go crazy and add more faders to turn this whole thing into a virtual DJ booth. I left this code in 'cuz I might just do that later on in my own file. While still in this same frame, go to the Sound panel and from the Sync menu select "Stream" - very important if your doing complete songs like I have. Otherwise the download time will be attrocious, even over a high-bandwidth connection.

Next go back to the Library, find the volumeSlider clip, and select "Options > Linkage". Select "Export this symbol" and make the identifier "volumeSlider".

Our final step is simply to import the song we want to use for this slider. Go to File>Import and select whatever song you wish to use. Make sure it does not automatically stick itself in one of your frames on the stage (which it will, so go to the Sound Panel and just select None). Now go to the Library and double-click on your song to set its export properties. For this I highly recommend mono, 20 kbps MP3s for streaming big portions of music. After this, select "Options > Linkage". Select "Export this symbol" and make the identifier "music1Sound". Note that any other sound clips you decide to attach via this volume slider, you don't have to use the now familiar naming/numbering convention and export them as music2Sound and so on. Since we are loading and unloading seperate SWFs on the same level, you can just duplicate the FLA file and change the name to volume2.fla and change out your song itself. Pretty self-explanatory there I suppose.

After you publish your seperate SWFs, open the music.swf, drag a CD into the tray and enjoy! From here you can get creative and push it even further with more sliders, pan controls, etc. Again - check out the recommended reading material.

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Added: 2002-01-03
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