I'm developping an industrial monitoring interface, and as the user is not always in front of its computer, we need sounds to help the user differenciate different behaviours ( incoming error, incoming info, error gone, big error... ).
For now, there is an existing application (an old one) that does produce some useful sounds... ie a dot matrix printer that makes a lot of noise on a piece of cardboard.
If it were from them, they'd need us to just use this sound. But I think we can do more in 2011. And I need this application in other locations were people are not used to dotmatrix printer sounds :)
so is there anything I can read about this or what do you guys think?
For now I'd go with beeping sounds, more like in some airplanes. I'd use text-to-speech but it's not easy with java as it's not in english (it'd need to be for instance in french/dutch...).