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Controlling sound volume for multiple sound objects across multiple scenes.

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I have a client with a project that has a dozen scenes or so. I normally avoid working with scenes, so I'm not sure how to address this problem.

The issue is that he is controlling multiple sound object independently- Meaning, that he has each sound object associated with a movie clip on the scene so he can have different volume level controls for each sound.

e.g.:

sound1 = new Sound(Sound1MC);
sound1.attachSound("Sound1.aif");

The problem is that when he moves to a different scene, he no longer has access to the movies that were associated with the sound object, and he loses control of the audio.

Is there a way to control multiple sound objects across scenes in this manner?  For example, if I assigned the sounds like:

_root.createEmptyMovieClip('sound_mc', _root.getNextHighestDepth());
_root.soundObject = new Sound(_root.sound_mc);

Would this solve the problem?  Or how?
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by:Ramy_atef
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Hi
There is no need to associate the sound object with any movie clip
simply in the 1st frame or so , create your sound objects

sound1=new Sound()
sound1.attachSound("Sound1_id")

// please note that attachSound gets sound id , meaning that the sound file is already in the library, but if you want to load it , then you use  .loadSound("sound_file.mp3")

after you create all your sound object , you can control it anywhere (but you have to call its path right)
to avoid mistakes you can
_root.sound1.setVolume(50)

Regasrds,
Ramy
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by:Aspirin99
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I think you're not aware that if you do it that way, you cannot controll the volume of one sound independent from another sound. That's why you have to associate it with its own movie - like an empty movie.
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Sorry, i got mixed up

_root.createEmptyMovieClip('sound_mc1', _root.getNextHighestDepth());
_root.sound1 = new Sound(_root.sound_mc1);
_root.sound1.attachSound("a");
_root.sound1.start(0, 5);
//
_root.createEmptyMovieClip('sound_mc2', _root.getNextHighestDepth());
_root.sound2 = new Sound(_root.sound_mc2);
_root.sound2.attachSound("b");
_root.sound2.start(0, 5);
//

and so on..
that should do it

Regards,
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by:Aspirin99
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Ramy,

Did you test this or have any experience with it?  I just set up and test and can't get that to work.

Here's the FLA I tested with.

http://www.cowfly.com/test/misc/test.zip

Thanks.
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by:Aspirin99
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Actually, I think I got it to work, but I have to reassign the volume level on each scene.
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by:Ramy_atef
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Hi

Acutally i tested it, and it workd fine with me ..
do u want me to test your file or it is working now ?

Regards,
Ramy
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by:Aspirin99
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I think we're done. Thanks for your help.
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welcome :)
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by:blue-genie
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just a thought, assuming you did go with the movieclip option - you could store all the movies in a global array, and reference them accordingly at any point throughout the movie.
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by:Aspirin99
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Would the global array affect the problem of losing the association with the movie when I load a new scene? I would be happy to open a new question if this line of reasoning has value.  With the approach outlined using createEmptyMovieClip, I still have to reset the volume levels at the start of each scene, which seems to be due to losing contact with the movies associated with the sound object's original definition.
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if you're losing association with your clips but they're referenced in a global array you can then access it through referencing the array, that's all i was thinking.
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by:Aspirin99
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Thanks, I see what you're saying.
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by:Aspirin99
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I don't care how you split it, as I pay a monthly fee for access. However, I have created a more complete solution here:

http://www.kennybellew.com/tutorial/multiple_scenes.htm

For those who might search for a similar solution.
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