Quieter Nuke Zones
Reduces the volume levels for ambient sound effects in nuke zones. Three options available that reduce the sounds by 5db, 10db and 15db respectively.
Yesterday while I was grinding Fasnacht, someone on the text chat mod asked if anyone could make a mod to lower the volume of the ambient sounds in nuke zones. I realized it was something I’d like to have myself, so I tracked down the sound files, tossed them into Audacity, and reduced the levels. I wanted to reduce them by percentages (I was going to do 25%, 50% and 75%) but I couldn’t find an easy way to do that in Audacity, so I took the easy route and reduced the gain.
I have not tested these ingame but they shouldn’t cause any issues, I just have no idea how much quieter they’ll actually be in practice. Just by comparing them, I expect the 15db version to be much, much quieter than vanilla. If anyone tests all three, please leave me some feedback, and if there are any bugs or worst case, crashes, please report them so I can fix them ASAP. Personally, I would recommend starting with the 5db version and then working your way down to the 10db or 15db versions if it’s still too loud for you.
1. Go to Documents/My Games/Fallout 76/Fallout76Custom.ini
2. Under [Archive], add the archive name for whichever version you chose (QuieterNukeZones 5db.ba2, QuieterNukeZones 10db.ba2 or QuieterNukeZones 15db.ba2) to sResourceArchive2List.
3. If you instead want to add these sounds to one of your existing archives, loose files are available for all 3 variants.
NOTE: There are also sound effects that play when you pick up any nuked flora. I did not modify these sound effects, only the ambient sound effects. If you want to find those, open SeventySix – Sounds01.ba2 and search “nuke.” They’ll be at the bottom of the list (/fx/ui/mods/components/floranuked/). This is the same archive that all the ambient sounds I modified can be found in, if you want to extract the original, unmodified versions to alter them yourself. Note that most of them are in .xwm format, but you can convert them to more common file types like mp3 or wav using JohnB’s Skyrim Audio Converter.
Permissions: do whatever you want with these files, no permission or credit required. All I did was make small edits to the vanilla files.