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  1. Hey folks. Haven't been around for a while, and I mostly just lurk. I really want to get into modding and mapping, but I haven't taken the step yet. I thought I'd focus on what I'm good at until I get to the stage of actually making my own maps, and that is... music. Here's an ambient piece I made today in Reason 10. Rain sounds added for context. https://soundcloud.com/paralytik/tdm-holy-ambient
  2. I'm coming across a little annoyance periodically, which I'm sure nearly every player can confirm and at least partly agree on. When playing TDM on headphones, directional audio does not set a minimum volume for the ear opposite of the source. This means that when a sound source is to your left, you hear it entirely in the left ear... and if it's to the right only in the right ear. The first problem with this is that it's very irking for the player... to the point where I often have to look in a certain direction just to avoid noise in one ear and complete silence in the other. It's the same as trying to listen to music on one headphone only: It has an uncomfortable and unnatural effect on the brain and you feel tempted to press the stop button immediately. An additional issue is realism: If someone is standing to your left and talking toward you, you will of course hear them a bit more clearly with your left ear, but you'll also hear them with the right ear somewhat. My suggestion is a new menu setting in the Audio panel, which allows us to configure a minimum volume that a sound can be reduced to by its direction alone. This would allow everyone to set it based on what feels most comfortable to each person, as well as what type of headphones they are using. It should only need to be a small value for comfort... something like 0.05 or 0.1 volume when the sound is coming directly away from that ear. I know that directional sound is very important from a gameplay perspective; Players often use it to listen to a guard's footsteps or idle ramblings and know where they're coming from. This is why I'm suggesting a small minimum cap enough so it doesn't irk the ear, or at least having an option players can enable themselves even if it's off by default. Till then, is there already a cvar for this in the settings by chance?
  3. Hello! I'm from the TTLG forums known as "beauty-man" (and yes, please don't ask, lol) I admittedly have neglected TDM community, and in recent months discovered the great work that's done over here. I'm also glad to see a dedicated audio area as well. I just wanted to add my resources. Maybe about 7 years ago, I created ambients and music strictly with Thief in mind. From there I reached out to indie game developers and such, but always liked to come back and give free work to the Thief community. Feel very free to download any game audio project present on my website presented below, and utilize them for in-game audio or simply "mood music" while you work. I provide "terms of use" in every download. I have recently given out another project last night as a small spin off my last titled "Miasma" . It's not yet on my site, but I will provide the link here. Anyway, hope I can be of some assistance. Looks like a lot of great dev's here! - Spadey where is spadey - game audio Effluvium - ambient resource where is spadey - post production
  4. Composing Ambient Tracks for Dummies v. 1.0 or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Make the Ambient This tutorial shows you my method for creating ambient sound without any previous musical talent or experience in using audio editors required. The guide will be fleshed out as I learn more about the process and everyone is welcome to contribute. Feel free to add your own comments and suggestions in the thread. These are type of ambient tracks that have been created with my methods: Haunted Ground Home Asleep Creaking What tools do you need? Audacity (Free: Win/Mac/Linux) Freesound.org (Either sign up for a free account or get one here) A good pair of headphones 4-6 hours of free time For best results follow the tutorial twice: once following my directions exactly with the samples I provide, and then a second time picking your own samples and making your own choices in how to modify them. With these simple tools and a bit of patience you too can produce your own ambient track with relative ease. Just don't expect to become Eric Brosius overnight. Remember to save your project between between sections, and don't worry about completing everything in day. I. Planning and preparation II. Choosing the ambient base III. Effects in Audacity IV. Applying effects on a track V. Trimming, copying & pasting VI. Layering VII. Adding Instruments VIII. Adding Fade-ins and Fade-outs IX. Adding Instruments pt. 2 X. Mixing, Looping and Exporting
  5. Ever since I first installed TDM on my Linux machine, there has been just one problem that would never let me enjoy the game in peace: The audio system. Sound will either simply not work, work but constantly flicker, or lag behind as the game goes on. Every now and then I had to adjust the sound settings to get better results... and in doing so I got a hang of what the possible configurations are. I decided to share this info here, for others who are struggling with untangling the buggy sound system. In essence: If you are running The Dark Mod on Linux, you have 3 options for sound, each with its own potential set of problems: PulseAudio, ALSA, or OSS. PulseAudioThis is what TDM will try to use by default, when s_driver = "best" and s_alsa_pcm = "default". This is theoretically using ALSA, but the PulseAudio device instead of specifying your own. Sticking with this option should guarantee that the correct audio device is used, but it has one problem: Sound flickers and lags. Solution: The only easy solution is increasing the PA latency for the console you're running TDM in, by modifying an environment variable. Simply run the engine as follows... you can also put this in a TDM.desktop shortcut to do it automatically: "export PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60;./thedarkmod.x86". ALSAIf the above doesn't work out for you, the second best option is selecting your ALSA device manually. It should guarantee that there are no sound issues and you get the best playback. The downside is that pointing it to the right audio device can be tricky and might not work at all sometimes. Solution: First make sure that s_driver = "alsa". Then up open bash and type "aplay -l" or "aplay -L" to get a list of your audio devices. Identify the name of the one you wish to use, then set s_alsa_pcm to it. For example, you will want to have something like this: s_alsa_pcm = "front:CARD=Intel,DEV=0". Alternatively you can use device numbers directly, such as "plughw:0,0" or "hw:0,0". Simply using "sysdefault" instead of "default" is also said to have solved the problem for some. You might have to try all of these options and devices until you find the one that works. OSSIf both of the above options fail, OSS is the third path to take. The good part is that it might work at all... the bad part is that it's mostly deprecated nowadays, meaning your distribution might not support it or it can produce sound issues of its own. Therefore this should be considered the last resort. Solution: Set s_driver = "oss" in the settings. You must also run TDM through aoss for audio to work now, so set your TDM.desktop shortcut to: "aoss ./thedarkmod.x86".
  6. The user Cambridge Spy recently inspired me to bring this up. http://forums.thedarkmod.com/topic/17163-fan-mission-a-house-of-locked-secrets-by-gelo-moonbo-fleisher-20150528/page-6?do=findComment&comment=373216 I often play TDM without any sound, either because I'd disturb other people in the room or because I use the same computer to playback something else (e.g. a talk on youtube, some podcast, etc) and TDM does not run flawlessly with ALSA/PulseAudio. Also, I'd love to see TDM and its missions to be more accessible to hearing impaired people. So if you design a mission, use doors with handles, and chests with levers for pickable stuff. I do not know, if Cambridge Spies suggestion about subtitles is easily implemented in a mission or future Versions of TDM, but they are essential if you can't hear dialogues for whatever reason, especially when they are important to the storyline or give you hints. Regarding lockpicking, maybe there is a way to implement visual feedback on HUD like the tension meter in "Not an ordinary guest" in future versions. This said, many thanks to all developers, mission designers and testers for this great game.
  7. Helloes. My plan is to, with the help of you guys, compile a list over what needs doing on the audio side and then try to get these things done. I've been working with audio as a hobbyist for many years, I play a few instruments sufficiently well to be able to compose things and I have some in-depth knowledge in production techniques, audio synthesis, live recording, music theory and acoustics. With that said, I'm far from a master; I learn and read up on new things all the time to broaden my knowledge even further. I primarily work in Propellerheads Reason for music production and audio creation. So far I've seen a few topics here being discussed. Ice footstep sounds. (Might be possible to modify the stone sounds to achieve this, otherwise I'll have to get out with one of my harddisc recorders and figure something out). City ambient sounds. Carts rolling, animals howling, muffled talk, distant oneshots; anything to try to make the cityscapes come alive. Strained metal sounds. (Should be quite easy with a ring modulator and some basic waveforms in pretty much any synth where you can sculpt sound from scratch). + Chest opening/closing sounds are inconsistent.+ New dropped candlestick holder sound, old one sounds tinny.+ Lockpicking sounds.+ Inconsistent jumping/landing sounds. Also being mentioned in another thread is the lack of ambient music, and general indoors ambient. What I'm thinking here is basically composing and production work, possibly based on what is already in the mod (the indoor piano loops, etc) to fit well together with what is already available. Focus will be spent on adequate lengths and bearable repetitiveness, along with different levels of tension for the pieces. Areas that I have thought of so far, including things being mentioned in other threads, are the following: Manor/general indoors non-creepy environments.Harbor.Warehouse.Factory.Wilderness.Mountains. Suggestions by Obsttorte in http://forums.thedarkmod.com/topic/16931-composer-for-the-dark-mod/ .+ More themes for the builders.+ Themes for the pagans.+ As we have Moors now, it would be nice to have ambient music for them, although Springheel or so would have to point out their background so you get an idea what they are about (didn't follow the related discussions too closely).+ Something for our inventors. Steampunk like, but not too futuristic.+ Anything else we come up with. I've also been thinking of creating a sample pack of sort, with a variety of "building blocks" for people to create their own ambient tracks for maps. Others in this subforum have already showed very promising results using freeware and basic editing techniques (Paulstretch, Audacity, etc), but it might be tricky to track down CC-licensed source material to use. In combination with being a collected thread where you can follow the progress on these things, I will also act as a mentor and self-proclaimed guru, trying to answer questions others might have regarding audio work. If someone needs help with editing/mixing of any sort, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to contribute. In case there are more people interested in helping out with specific tasks, or have knowledge in areas where I myself might lack, join in and help out! General suggestions on things that might need updating can be discussed here and we'll see what we can do.
  8. I have the Steelseries 5h v2 headset which supports 7.1 surround. The game won't let me switch from stereo. Every time I try it says that it can't find the appropriate hardware.
  9. jaxa

    Opus audio codec

    I noticed this codec when I was reading the Firefox 15 release notes. It also seems to be coming in VLC 2.0.4: http://opus-codec.org/ http://en.wikipedia....audio_format%29 Firefox 15 Release Notes Firefox - Opus Support for WebRTC VLC - Ticket #7185 - Add support for decoding new audio format: Opus VideoLAN Dev Days '12
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