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Old 05-04-2007, 01:00 AM   #1
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Just thought I'd make a thread where everyone can ask about any sound designing/coding questions they have with the BF2 engine or with anything else.

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Old 05-04-2007, 11:38 PM   #2
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v.5 and v.6 weapon sounds.

I know that you need .wav sounds stereo for 1p, and mono for 3p.

However what is the right frequency and everything to get a new weapon sound in the mod.

I have replaced the m4 sound ever since v.32 and know with the md5 check im scared to change it.

Is v.5 and v.6 safe to change sounds with?
And with your sound team, I don't think I will have to change it....
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Old 05-05-2007, 02:00 AM   #3
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Well the M4 coming in 0.6 isn't as loud or powerful sounding as it is now because currently it sounds like a machine gun, not a rifle. I also fixed the rate of fire on the sound (the sound was too slow so it sounded like you shoot 25 rounds instead of 30, but getting into how to do that is a bit complex) I hope you'll like it though.

As for changing sounds, go ahead. I've been using 0.5 to test my sounds and I don't get kicked or anything. Now, onto frequencies. Stick to 44khz and 22khz. Sofad always gives out to me when I make 3rdp sounds 44 because he wants me to be conservative for ram and download size =P.

Now, the bitrate needs to be 1411/705kpbs or 1024/512 kbps. Goodluck finding a bitrate converter for wav files for free. I've been using a trial version. Thankfully most of the sounds I work on are previous ones (already the correct bitrate) which I tweak and try to make more realistic.

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Old 05-08-2007, 01:41 PM   #4
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(the sound was too slow so it sounded like you shoot 25 rounds instead of 30, but getting into how to do that is a bit complex)
how many firing sounds can you fit into those precious two seconds anyway?

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Old 05-08-2007, 07:08 PM   #5
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How loud can you possibly get the weapon sounds in the editor? I have been playing around and I can't change the volume or sound itself.

How loud is the current m4 on the 1-10 thing scale?

Could we possibly get all gunshots loud in the engine, or is it dependent on the python code of it?
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Old 05-10-2007, 03:00 PM   #6
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how many firing sounds can you fit into those precious two seconds anyway?
It's all the one sound jedi, but you have to define a loop region for automatic weapons. WIthin that loop region is what it repeats over and over for each shot in burst/automatic. The smaller the loop region, the faster the rate of fire. To get the M4 in 0.6 to have a realistic rate of fire (the rate of fire is physically has in game) I had to play around with the loop region over and over until I was able to record myself emptying an entire clip and counting exactly 30 shots on the recording.

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How loud can you possibly get the weapon sounds in the editor? I have been playing around and I can't change the volume or sound itself.

How loud is the current m4 on the 1-10 thing scale?

Could we possibly get all gunshots loud in the engine, or is it dependent on the python code of it?
First thing is first. Don't use the editor, one of my lecturers (the DCON sound artist) told me it's like a minefield that EA layed out for modders, as if they are trying to steer you off course. I know that things like vehicles should be done in the editor because of the directional engine sounds etc. but for weapons I say just stick to the tweak files.

Now, on to volume. In the tweak files you can define the BF2 volume for the sound, rifles are at 0.9 in PR I think, that's loud enough because I want to reserve 1.0 for grenades, tank cannons etc...which I have . For 0.6 I made my new A10 cannon sound 1.0. But what I've learned is that if you want a really loud sound you need to make the actual wav file louder, the 0.6 A10 cannon is as loud as you can get in the BF2 engine, you'll hear what I mean....muahahah. For editing the wavs themselves use Sound Forge, any DAW will do but Sound Forge lets you make the loop regions .

Anywho.The problem with the gunshot volume is that it's not that they aren't loud enough, it's that the sounds fade out over really short distances. In 0.6, all handheld weapon sounds travel twice as far. I did it depending on caliber, 5.56 travels twice the distance it does now, 7.62 a little more and 50cal about 3 or 4 times. Tanks/APC cannons will travel waaayyyy further than before.....I hope everyone will like it


Oh, if you want to learn the tweak files just ask here or PM me =D. Keep in mind though, sofad is still teaching me new things about the tweak files I'm a sound artist first, sound coder second.

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Old 05-10-2007, 05:01 PM   #7
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Wow thanks, you are my favorite modder (sofad equally), The sounds is the main thing I love playing PR.

One question though. You said that in PR that the rifle sounds are .9, is that in v.5 or v.6?

Still i Stress that rifle sounds should be as loud as they can be (not a 10 loud ) Everytime I go to my deer camp, I can hear that rifle shot more than 2 miles away. In PR, its more like 150m. (spare the saw)
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Old 05-11-2007, 10:10 AM   #8
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well it's going to be 300m and above in 0.6 . The problem with distance is that people not using EAX don't have air dissipation. Meaning that they can hear sounds at greater distances. This is what is stopping me fron making the distances realistic. That plus the fact that each sound takes up ram, if you've got 64 people within a mile of you (which they usually are) that's a lot of ram being used for sounds alone. Just remember though, loudness and distance are two different things in game audio....at least for the foreseeable future.

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Old 05-14-2007, 01:55 AM   #9
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Yes I need some help! I cannot hear out of my left ear






lol jk :P Good work helping people out jaymz!

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Old 05-19-2007, 11:15 PM   #10
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Hey, i swapped out the M4 sounds with http://www.zshare.net/audio/m4_fire_outdoor-wav.html

The problem is, when in full auto, the sound wont play but in semi it works fine. If you check the sound and compare it with the original one, there the same length if not the one I swapped with being shorter so it wouldnt overlap if that was a problem.

Dont understand why it ownt work >.<
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