Microsoft DirectX 9.0

Introduction to Dynamic Musical Soundtracks

If you want to take full advantage of DirectMusic, you won't play just MIDI and WAV files. You'll take elements authored in DirectMusic Producer and use them to create performances that can be varied or manipulated in countless ways.

Note   Throughout this documentation, the human composer of musical elements is referred to as the author, to avoid confusion with the composer object of DirectMusic. Similarly, musical elements are said to be authored rather than composed.

The following brief introduction to the elements of a dynamic soundtrack is meant to give the application developer an understanding of the material being used in the performance. For a more detailed view, see the Help for DirectMusic Producer. For information on how to incorporate these elements in an application, see Using Compositional Elements.

The following topics are covered: