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FMOD Studio audio tools now completely free for indies
FMOD Studio audio tools now completely free for indies
March 10, 2014 | By Mike Rose

March 10, 2014 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Firelight Technologies has made its audio tool suite FMOD Studio completely free for indie devs, regardless of whether you're using it for commercial purposes or not.

The tool set has always been free to download and use for non-commercial projects, but as of today, you can now utilize it for your commercial projects too.

FMOD features Unity integration, a plugin SDK for creating sound generators and effects, and an all-in-one multitrack editor for interactive music and sound effects. The tool set has been used in multiple AAA games in the past, including Forza Motorsport 5.

While Firelight didn't expand on who exactly it classes as an "indie developer," the company's CEO Brett Paterson noted, We started out as an indie company so we've always felt an affinity with the indie community... We wanted to give back to that community."

[Update: The official FMOD Studio Twitter added that the offer is available "absolutely free for budgets under 100k." Gamasutra has contacted FMOD for additional information.]

You can download FMOD Studio for free from the official website.

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Thibaut Aubrun
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I am happy to read this. Fmod is a great tool.

Stephan Schutze
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There will also be Official online training for FMOD Studio launched at GDC next week, and a short course on the FMOD Studio/Unity integration went online today, so lots happening in regards to FMOD Studio

Ariel Gross
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Way to go, FMOD!

Roger Haagensen
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Pretty darn clever move by Firelight Technologies.
The profit margin from freeware/shareware/indie/small commercial projects/small devs is probably minimal compared to the bulk of the clients.

A move like this only ensures even wider adoption by people. And as a company grows, why change tools that work great.

There are a few alternatives out there (I wont' list them as this if a specific FMOD article), but FMOD is one of the big ones, of the other 2-5 that one might see FMOD is among the top 3 choices, and this will only potentially grow the base.

Michael Thornberg
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Thumbs up for the support of Indies.. bravo :)

But I do have critique... the interface requires some work on. It is also crashing too often. Just to get a sound to loop is a project in itself, have you not seen it before.

EDIT: I have spent some time and found my way around it. But I must say that the GUI takes some effort getting used to. It surely could be improved upon. The worst though is that it seems to lag when looping wav files. I don't know if that too requires some attention. But I am not used to hear that kind of stuttering in audio tools.

Grant Moore
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Just the other week I was debating what audio solution I would end up using for our upcoming game, Hextraction. I really wanted to use FMOD Studio since I know a few sound designers that love it but it seemed to expensive for our budget... this news is music to my ears, figuratively right now but hopefully literally soon! :)

Matt Hansen
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FMOD is awesome! Great to see them supporting indie development.

Jon Dean
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This is incredible news. Thank you Fmod. Huzzah!

Turker Tunali
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It is too late. FMOD can do this about 10 years ago.