The audio part of the Dark Mod has been divided into the following three sections:
This structure and all the soundfiles can be found in doom3/darkmod/sound.
Sounds which are added by the leveldesigner in order to bring life to the map. Mood enhancers, if you wish. Ex: machines, birds, waterfalls and background music/loops.
- Ambience - Sounds not tied to an object. Music/background hums. Added purely to enhance the atmosphere.
- Environmental - Sounds that imitate an object from the world. Such as machines, birds, crickets and other animals, a stream of water, churchbells, rattling chains etc.
- SFX (or Soundeffects)
We have adopted this term for any sound that is played from within the code. That basically means leveldesigner wont have to bother about them. Ex: footsteps, impact sounds, weapon sounds, the pickup-loot sound, porcelain-cup-dropped-on-marble sounds etc.
- Game - Certain "special" sounds as levelstart, objective_complete/failed, main menu sounds etc
- Movement - Footsteps etc
- Tools - Weapons and gadgets
- World - Collisions, objects (open doors etc)
- Voices Things spoken or expressed by the inhabitants of the world. That includes: Humans, zombies, belchers, and any other creatures we might come up with.
The format we are using for SFX: Ogg, 44100Hz, 96kbps, mono
The format we are using for Ambient: Ogg, 44100Hz, 160kbps, stereo OR Ogg, 44100Hz, 96kbps, mono depending on what kind of sound it is. (That means, use your common sense. Does the sound really benefit from stereo format?)