October 2017 Newsletter

CRIWARE ADX2 Available Now For Unity
CRI Middleware recently reaffirmed their commitment to Unity developers, both indies and professionals by introducing their new CRI ADX 2 Unity Plug-in for the Asset Store. This plug-in is based on ADX2, CRI Middleware’s renowned game audio middleware used by more than 3700 games worldwide. It provides access to the advanced game audio features of ADX2 at an affordable price (US $99) for games running on Windows and/or Mac and using the Unity game engine.

The ADX2 plug-in can be used for commercial game development by all Unity developers, whatever the size of the project and the team, and there is no licensing cost other than the initial purchase price in the Unity Asset Store.

Once the ADX2 Unity Plug-in purchased in the store, the authoring tool can be downloaded from CRI Middleware’s support site. This web site also provides a wealth of information on ADX2 and a forum to ask technical questions and interact with the community.

GameSoundCon Discount and Mixer
GameSoundCon is coming up, Nov 7-8 in Los Angeles, CA. Members of G.A.N.G. can receive $125 off registration at www.GameSoundCon.com.  Members should visit the perks page for the discount code and should register by October 31.

All members of G.A.N.G. are invited to attend the GameSoundCon “mixer” event held at GameSoundCon, the evening of Tuesday November 7 at 6:30pm. Members of G.A.N.G. don't require GameSoundCon passes to attend the mixer.  RSVP to attend using the information on the perks page. Members already attending GameSoundCon do not need to register for the mixer.For those who aren't currently members, by joining G.A.N.G. you can receive a $125 discount to attend GameSoundCon, more than covering the cost of membership. Become a member here. 

GameSoundCon Game Audio Industry Survey 2017
The annual GameSoundCon Industry Survey(tm), now in its 4th year,  tracks compensation, working conditions, contact terms and production information for the video game music and sound industry.  Originally designed to provide a more detailed look into the industry than Gamasutra’s annual salary survey, the GameSoundCon Industry Survey has grown into the most comprehensive analysis of game audio business and production issues and provide overall guidance on how much game composers and sound designers earn.

Read the survey here.

SCL/G.A.N.G. Hang at AES NY
GANG partnered with SCL on October 20th for a night of food, drinks, prizes, and networking at Beer Authority in New York City. The event was held at the end of AES NYC and was hugely successful, with a turnout of about 50 attendees throughout the night.

Something Else Music Distribution generously donated drink tickets for the first twenty-five members of GANG to arrive, and due to the turnout those tickets were quickly dispensed.

The raffle winner Phillip Stein was the lucky recipient of a prize package of plugins valued at over $2,500. The plugins were generously donated by GANG sponsors including Music Marketing, Sugarbytes, FabFilter, K Research, d16 Group, Polyverse and Acon Digital.
GANG would like to thank Mark Roos of SCL, Michelle Marbury, Billy Bell, and Risa Malkinson of Sumthing Else Music, Paul Fattahi of Music Marketing, and Sal Farina for sponsoring and helping out with the event. GANG would also like to thank Savina Ciaramella for putting together the prize package, Tom Salta for spearheading the event, and Spencer Bambrick, Bonnie Bogovich, Gina Zdanowicz, and Jason Kanter for helping out and promoting it to the NYC community.
NY Games Conference
A 1-day event held as part of New York Media Festival’s (NYME) 2-day event series, NY Games Conference is the leading event for senior representatives from game publishers, developers, movie studios, advertising firms, VCs, social networks, technology providers, analysts and press. Unlike some other industry events, NY Games Conference focuses on bringing together the people who really matter to meet in a lively yet intimate environment that allows access and privacy to build and grow relationships and partnerships.

G.A.N.G. Board Member, Tom Salta, was invited to speak at the conference and was part of a discussion on how to make successful games for mobile platforms.  “I always enjoy the opportunity to speak to audiences about the value of music in games and how, thanks to modern technology and the fact that music on mobile can sound just as good as it does on PC and Consoles, there’s never been a better time to take full advantage of what music can do to enhance the mobile gaming experience”.

XDS in Vancouver
Erica Mehallo, Rob Krekel, Shannon Potter, Paul Lipson
From Chris Wren (Chair, XDS Advisory Committee):
XDS 2017 was a big milestone for us, being the 5th year anniversary of the event! We came from humble beginnings with 200 people attending in 2013, to a now sold-out crowd of 500+ industry professionals and service providers representing 38 countries internationally – all to advance the practice of external development for the games industry.

It was a treat to have the Formosa and Naughty Dog team up to deliver an excellent talk on “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Winning with Distributed Audio Development”. It was clear from the presentation there was a seamless level of collaboration between both parties. Gone are the days of over-the-fence development as the partners demonstrated best practices in together creating a premier audio experience that has garnered critical acclaim.

NAMM and TEC Awards
Members of G.A.N.G will again be invited to vote for the Interactive Entertainment Sound Production (game audio) category for the 33rd Annual NAMM TEC Awards (January 27, 2018.), along with the other 7 creative and 23 technical achievement categories. Voting will take place from the 15th of November until the 31st of December. Stay tuned for more information.

Members of G.A.N.G are also being offered the chance to attend the 2018 NAMM Show from January 25-28; the business crossroads of music, sound and event technology. As part of your membership benefits, members of G.A.N.G will receive a special registration rate of $25 through January 10, 2018. Visit NAMM’s registration portal and use promo code available on the Members Perks Page. Need more information? Review benefits of attending The NAMM Show.

Montreal International Game Summit Discount
MIGS - Montreal International Game Summit - is the largest game conference on the American East Coast. Every year, more than 3000 game professionals who are passionate about their jobs gather at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal. This year, MIGS returns with 2 floors, 7 tracks including a newly added Industry and Advocacy track, 8 simultaneous session rooms, 80 sessions, and a day dedicated to 16 Master Classes and Experts Meetups! On top of that, live demos and many animations are set up to help people network and enjoy the MIGS experience: cocktails, parties, a job fair and much more!' G.A.N.G. President Brian Schmidt will be giving the Audio Keynote.

Members of G.A.N.G. can get 10% off tickets (excluding Expo passes).

Access the discount code on the perks page. 

Member Submitted News, Interviews, Jobs and Events
G.A.N.G. will now be giving members more options to share their own news, job opportunities and events with other members. You can now:

  • Submit career news to be included in the newsletter.
  • Submit an Event to be included in the G.A.N.G. Newsletter and on the G.A.N.G. Website
  • Submit an Article/Interview Idea to be included in the G.A.N.G. Newsletter. This could be an interview with you about a project you've been working on or any ideas you have.
  • Request to write questions for future G.A.N.G. interviews
  • Submit a job opportunity.

To submit fill out the form here.

Current Member Perks
  • $75 off early bird special for GameSoundCon
  • 10% off Montreal International Game Summit
  • 10% off Future Games Summit
  • 50% off the Krotos Bundle for Reformer
  • 10% off Fabric License
  • 20% off Sound Particles
  • 30% off Dehumaniser II
  • Over 50% off Boom Library Complete
  • 15% off CRIWARE Licenses
  • 10% off your first recording session with Cinema Scoring
  • 20% discount on products from Impact Soundworks
  • 20% discount on educational products from Sound Librarian Online Learning Center
  • 20% discount on sound libraries from Funky Rustic
  • 20% discount on Guerrilla Film Scoring: Practical Advice from Hollywood Composers by Jeremy Borum
  • 20% discount on Composing Music for Games: The Art, Technology and Business of Video Game Scoring by Chance Thomas
  • A collection of discounts on Pyramind Training Courses
  • 30% off any individual plug-in from McDSP

View all member perks here. 

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