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Since this year the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences can call itself Austria’s first „Audiokinetic Wwise Certified School“!
With this training certificate, the university of applied sciences not only enjoys numerous advantages with regard to the use of the Wwise software, it also entitles them to certify for the software themselves. Because unlike the certificates to be acquired online, the application-oriented Wwise-110 certificate may only be issued by certified universities. In this way, the students receive attractive proof of quality for future employers.
The software Wwise offered by the Canadian company Audiokinetic is a so-called middleware that is used for the development and implementation of sound design and music. In other words: It takes over the sound design for game development environments such as Unity or Unreal Engine. Audio designers can use Wwise, for example, to create elaborate, detailed soundscapes and thus make game worlds appear much more realistic. It is used for the development of numerous so-called „AAA“ (Triple A) games, such as „Assassin’s Creed“ or „The Sims 4“.
However, Wwise is not limited to use in the gaming area – it can be used in many different ways and is also suitable for acoustic simulations in the industrial environment, which also makes the program very interesting for the AR / VR area.
In recent years, the audio engine Wwise from Audiokinetic has established itself as the standard tool for speech, sound and music design in the games and virtual reality area. At the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Wwise has been an integral part of the technical curriculum for a year.
News article (in German)
Michael Iber studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London and initially pursued a classical concert career. Since the end of the 1990s, he has been developing projects at the intersection of music, sound and media art, as well as in the field of music informatics. Since 2014 Iber has been responsible for the master class audio design at the Department of Media Technology at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences. Besides project management of contract research projects for museum installations and music education, his main research interest lies in the design of acoustic information and data sonification. As part of his doctorate in International Logistics at Jacobs University in Bremen, Iber developed a method for the auditory analysis of production data. In addition to his teaching and research activities, Iber works as an author, director, sound designer and producer of radio features and radio plays.