This tutorial is designed to help a novice
user install any sound package into Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 or
Microsoft Flight Simulator X. The reader is expected to have a basic understanding
of files and folders within the Windows operating system and a basic understanding
of file compression programs that are commonly used to package sound files.
This tutorial will cover the basics of installing sounds, the structure
of the sound file, and what is needed to have a fully functioning add-on
SimAirline.net provides several sound packages
that can be downloaded from each virtual airline's Fleet page. These soundss
are then installed into an existing aircraft and used to complete the flights
from each virtual airline's schedule. This makes it possible to fly with
a more realistic sounding aircraft.
Installing Sounds into Flight Simulator
For the purposes of this tutorial, it
is assumed that you have already downloaded the correct sound package and
are ready to install it. I will use the 757
Sound Package by Devyn Silverstein for this tutorial.
Note: This tutorial does not cover the
directory structure of Flight Simulator add-on aircraft and sounds. Please
make sure you have read the Aircraft Installation
Tutorial before attempting to install a sound package.
The Sound Folder
The sound folder must contain a sound.cfg,
which is the sound configuration file, and the sounds themselves, in .wav
format. It is important to note that some aircraft will use sounds from
some other aircraft, and if that is the case the sound.cfg will have what
is called an "alias" to the sounds that will be used for the aircraft.
For example, if you installed an add-on 747 and wanted to use the default
747-400 panel from Microsoft, you could install your aircraft and edit
your sound.cfg in Notepad so that it contained only the following:
This configures your aircraft to use the
sounds that the aircraft installed in the b747_400 directory does.
Installing the Sound Package
Always back up your existing sound folder
in case something goes wrong. You can rename your existing sound folder
to sound.old and then simply rename it back if you want to restore your
original sounds. Now that you know the file structure for a sound package
and where everything should go, you can begin installing the sounds.
If you open the file “sound_146661.zip,”
you can see that it contains two folders, avsim.diz and a folder named
sound.757. Open the folder and move all of its contents to your 757's sound
Note: Before you start though it is
always a good idea to look for a readme.txt file or other text file that
is included by the author. This will contain important information on how
to install the sound package into the simulator.
To make sure your sound work, start your
Flight Simulator and select the aircraft that you just installed the sound
package for. Once the aircraft is loaded, you should hear the engines (if
you start your aircraft with the engines running).
If you don't hear anything, make sure your
speakers are on and that your computer's sound is not muted. If no sounds
are still being produced, then you've probably forgotten to copy either
the sound.cfg or some of the .wav files.
You should now be able to install add-on
sound packages with relative ease. If you’re having problems with a particular
sound package, you can usually narrow the problem down to a specific area
by simply knowing what all of the required pieces are. If you follow this
tutorial and are still having problems with a particular sound package,
please contact the appropriate Sounds
Manager, and they should be able to assist you. If you have done the testing
that is in this tutorial, then they should be able to assist you much more
easily if you let them know the results of your tests.
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