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Game Sound Design Glossary

GSD Glossary

Our game audio glossary has all the sound terms you have been wondering about. Game audio can be confusing enough without having to deal with a new technical language. We are constantly updating the database with new terms that relate to not only game audio but game developer terms as well.

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Also called a digital audio workstation. This is any software application that gives the sound designer or sound editor the ability to edit and process audio files for integration into the game engine. Examples of a DAW include Pro Tools and Sound Forge.


Also called a video game developer, or dev for short, a developer is a person who creates video games. A developer can be any part of the video game development team who helps in some way to make the game. An example of a developer can include animators, level designers, sound designers, and programmers.

A developer can also refer to a video game company as a whole. In other words, a developer is a company who employs many people to design and create the video game. Some developers publish (release) their own video game titles, while others work on game titles for publishers (similar to a contractor).

Development Process Map:

Also called DPM, it is a visual representation of the process in order to list, assign, and create the audio for a game.

Dev Kit:

Also called a developer kit, it is an accurate representation of a video game console which game developers use to test their game. A dev kit differs from a regular consumer game console in that it allows for debugging tools and for testing the game more thoroughly during the development phase.


Dialog is audio conversation that is heard in a game. Dialog can be heard when characters are speaking during cinematics, during gameplay, or any other instance in which the game's story is being told.


Downloadable Content. DLC is often provided by video game publishers as a way of keeping players interested in a particular game. It offers players the opportunity to play in new maps, use new characters, gain new abilities, and experience new weapons. DLC is important in keeping players interested in the game they just purchased and can either require extra payment or sometimes is provided free of charge.

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