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How to remove Soundscapes from maps

Created 7th November 2013 @ 17:32

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ondkaja

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1. Download the following file: nosoundscapes.vpk (mirror)
2. Place the .vpk in the custom folder inside the tf folder (default path: steam/steamapps/common/team fortress 2/tf/custom).
3. Launch the game and enjoy the silence.

Pretty sure it’s allowed since it has negligible effect on gameplay and since other mods like this are also allowed (changing LOD bias, no hats plugin etc.). Still, discussion regarding legality is welcomed. You can not get VAC-banned for using this.

Don’t know who originally found it, so I can’t give credit to anyone. (EDIT: credit to Paymh for the files)

EDIT: It doesn’t remove all map sounds, just soundscapes. If you don’t know what a soundscape is, here is a useful link explaining what it is: https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Soundscape

EDIT 2: It doesn’t work on Gullywash because there are no soundscapes in it. The sounds you hear are produced through other methods and can’t be disabled with this mod! It works on most maps though.


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toogyboogy

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sick

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Sicko.

dAGNER

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That’s so sick it gave me cancer

CanFo

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Why does this work? Shouldn’t sv_pure 2 take care of any custom sound files?

Permzilla

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will this get you into prem? #par

Starkie

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Quoted from Permzilla

will this get you into prem? #par

maybe if he regains his motivation

Alfie

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Quoted from CanFo

Why does this work? Shouldn’t sv_pure 2 take care of any custom sound files?

It’s not adding/changing/removing sounds. It’s changing/removing what sounds are loaded for the background noise of each map.

These files are in the scripts folder, which I think is allowed because some HUD files are in there.


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VinuJ

Wait….Im sorry…what does this do? remove soundscapes as in map sounds? or…?

Alfie

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Quoted from VinuJ

Wait….Im sorry…what does this do? remove soundscapes as in map sounds? or…?

Yeah, the background sounds. Like turbines turning, birds tweeting, machines etc.

oamaok

For some reason the download isn’t working for me, mirror it to mega or something?

ondkaja

LT

Quoted from CanFo

Why does this work? Shouldn’t sv_pure 2 take care of any custom sound files?

There are no custom sound files in the vpk, it’s simply some .txt files which dictate how soundscapes are loaded or something. Don’t know the technicalities behind this. The reason this works is the same reason why custom huds work; sv_pure 2 doesn’t actually block every custom file, just materials, models, sounds (except hitsound) etc.

VinuJ

Quoted from Alfie

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Yeah, the background sounds. Like turbines turning, birds tweeting, machines etc.

but not footsteps plus shooting noises oro anything that would be worth listening too yes?
doesnt remove like health pack collected or sentry gun rght? or does it :)

Alfie

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Quoted from VinuJ

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but not footsteps plus shooting noises oro anything that would be worth listening too yes?
doesnt remove like health pack collected or sentry gun rght? or does it :)

all it removes are background map noises. footsteps, gunshots, pickups etc are not background noises. it is just removing atmospheric sounds, nothing useful.


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ondkaja

LT

Quoted from oamaok

For some reason the download isn’t working for me, mirror it to mega or something?

Mirror in OP

EDIT: It doesn’t remove all map sounds, just soundscapes. If you don’t know what a soundscape is, here is a useful link explaining what it is: https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Soundscape


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