prose = July 2008
primarysources = 2008
infobox software
developer = Firelight Technologies
platform = Cross-platform
genre = Audio library
license = [ multiple licenses]
website =

FMOD is a commercial audio library made by Firelight Technologies that plays music files of diverse formats on many different platforms. It is used in games and software applications to provide audio functionality. FMOD supports a range of audio formats and numerous different operating system platforms.

Prior to version 3.75, the library was named simply as FMOD. Since then, the FMOD sound system has been redesigned and now contains three main parts:
* FMOD Ex, the low-level sound engine
* FMOD Event System, more abstract, higher level application layer to simplify play back content created with FMOD Designer
* FMOD Designer, the sound designer tool used for authoring complex sound events and music for playback

The FMOD sound system has an advanced plugin architecture, that can be used to extend the support of audio formats or to develop new output types, e.g. for streaming.


FMOD is available under multiple license schemes. It is available free of charge for non-commercial applications. FMOD may be used commercially under a number of different license types, such as Commercial License for standard commercial development, Shareware/Hobbyist License for single hobbyist programmers, and eDistributed Console Games for budget console game. Each license contains different restrictions, conditions and costs. [cite web|url=|title=FMOD Licenses|accessdate=2007-09-29|publisher=Firelight Technologies]

Supported platforms

FMOD Ex supports the following platforms:

*Microsoft Windows (32-bit and 64-bit)
*Mac OS 8/9/X
*Linux (32-bit and 64-bit)
*Nintendo GameCube, Wii
*Xbox, Xbox 360
*PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3

Supported formats

FMOD Ex supports the following audio formats: AIFF, ASF, ASX, DLS, FLAC, FSB, IT, M3U, MID, MOD, MP2, MP3, OGG, PLS, RAW, S3M, VAG, WAV, WAX, WMA, XM, XMA

Games using FMOD

*Call of Duty 4
*De Blob
*Far Cry
*Guild Wars
*Guitar Hero III
*Heavenly Sword
*Metroid Prime 3
*Savage 2
*Second Life
*Starcraft 2
*Stargate Worlds
* (under non-commercial license)
*Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
*World of WarCraft

Other software products using FMOD

*Airshift Studio radio automation software
*DiscoXT DJ mixing and playback software


See Also

OpenAL a similar open source audio SDK

External links

* [ Official Site]

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