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Hi. I have used FDSFX for years and have collected a nice set of cockpit/cabin announcements in a dozen or more different languages. A week or two ago however, the volumes of the announcements suddenly went so low I can hardly hear most of them. No idea what triggered it. If I right-click they are still set around 100% volume, and if I play the individual files in a media player they are as loud as they ever were, it's only in the FDSFX interface that they play back so softly.Any ideas how to solve this, short of reinstalling the programme (which may or may not help)?Thanks,Martin

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Must be the weather, I've noticed the exact same problem. Set at 100% with engines running announcements just about audible.

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Hi. I have used FDSFX for years and have collected a nice set of cockpit/cabin announcements in a dozen or more different languages. A week or two ago however, the volumes of the announcements suddenly went so low I can hardly hear most of them. No idea what triggered it. If I right-click they are still set around 100% volume, and if I play the individual files in a media player they are as loud as they ever were, it's only in the FDSFX interface that they play back so softly.Any ideas how to solve this, short of reinstalling the programme (which may or may not help)?Thanks,Martin
HelloI used to use this program and its still in my FS9 sound folder , The sounds are mp3 files and are played by windows media player ,so perhaps you have to adjust the volume in Windows Media player itself. This is guesswork ,but some thoughts anyway.cheers AndyPS If you want a much better(imho)cabin announcements program and you are happy editing CFGs then Martyn Beckers 'Autocabin' is a good one. Where it beats FDSFX is that the cabin announcements are automatic (at certain points in your flight) no rather unrealistic pushing of buttons as in FDSFXcheers Andy

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Glad I am not alone Echofox (Schadenfreude!).I checked my Windows Media Player - the volume is at maximum. I use FDC (Flightdeck Companion) for most flights and have an auto facility there, but I prefer to activate announcements manually - they always seem to start at the wrong moment otherwise, but thanks for the suggestion.M

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Glad I am not alone Echofox (Schadenfreude!).I checked my Windows Media Player - the volume is at maximum. I use FDC (Flightdeck Companion) for most flights and have an auto facility there, but I prefer to activate announcements manually - they always seem to start at the wrong moment otherwise, but thanks for the suggestion.M
Fair do'sAndy

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I'm anxious to see if anybody figures this out. I just put the program back on my new build computer. I too have the quiet sound.

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I emailed the guy who uploaded the programme to AVSIM, but it bounced back to me - not surprising from that long ago I suppose - so back to square one. (I could edit all the individual wav files to make them louder, but that's a whole afternoon's work, at least).M.

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I emailed the guy who uploaded the programme to AVSIM, but it bounced back to me - not surprising from that long ago I suppose - so back to square one. (I could edit all the individual wav files to make them louder, but that's a whole afternoon's work, at least).M.
Doesn't sound fun. I remember in the old days i would hit the Q button to mute the sound so I could hear the announcements. But now, the volume is too quiet for that to even be practically effective. Throw in Squawk box and it just becomes impossible to hear.

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Hi guys, you were trying to email me probably since I created the program - yea that email has long since been dead. Never heard of this issue before but from your description, since all gauge's volumes has been affected, it sounds like some master volume on your pc or sound card is controlling the overall volume of the sound. Or, the sounds selected were recorded at a very low volume.First I would try a few of the default sounds that come with the original package on a couple of different switchs to see if you hear anything different volume-wise.Second, I would start searching your sound device - their volume sliders, Microsft Mixer and it's vol. sliders, etc. Any programs, Flightsim add-ons, or sound programs you've installed lately if it just appeared? Any sound.dll's or other gauges you recently installed.Just some ideas to get you started.Clutch

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Hi Clutch, I wondered if you might see this thread - and hey presto! Gives us a chance to say thank you for a nice programme, which I've used in almost every FS9 passenger flight since you uploaded it (with cabin announcements in dozens of languages I have managed to find). I have FDC Live Cockpit and similar installed now, but still find FDSFX best for cabin announcements.The odd thing is that no other sound on my PC is affected - not in FS9 nor anywhere else that I have noticed. I replaced the current gauge file with one from the original download, but no change. I will check the things you suggest, but can't imagine what sound sliders (Windows 7 x64) could alter the volume of FDSFX, but nothing else. If you have any further ideas, please do post back - I have made sure that all volumes are at 100% now in the FDSFX interface, but some are still barely audible (but are LOUD in Windows Media Player)!BTW Clutch, it's not that the sounds were recorded at a low volume - I had FDSFX working fine ever since I installed it on my new PC some months back. The same sound files dropped to inaudible in FDSFX all of a sudden a few weeks ago - too long ago to remember if I made any changes to the PC that day, but I certainly didn't change any volume controls or anything obvious like that.Martin

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How about the sound settings within fs9 itself?
Ignore!!!!That doesn't work just tried it.I have just loaded up one of my aircraft that still has the FDSFX panel (you know I might change my mind about it, its rather good) Anyways the only way I can change the volume in the FDSFX panels individual wavs is via the windows XP own (click on little speaker icon) settings 'wave' volume slider or the general 'volume' slider .Not sure about W7 though.cheers Andy

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Even with sliders in Windows at 100%, the FDSFX sounds are way too quiet, especially after engine start-up and ambience (set at a reasonably low level as it is in FS9)..M.

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Even with sliders in Windows at 100%, the FDSFX sounds are way too quiet, especially after engine start-up and ambience (set at a reasonably low level as it is in FS9)..M.
Your're probably getting fed up with my suggestions........BUT!Just%20Kidding.gifWhat about your settings in FS9(engine,cockpit ,environment etc if you pulled those sliders right back, and then adjusted (I don't know how you adjust overall sound on your system, but on mine I have a volume control on my speakers as well as my keyboard )those right up?. As evercheers Andy

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What sound have you got? Whether its on-board or a sound card ,they usually have there own software for setting sound options as well (graphic equalisers ,speakers (2 or 4) etc etc)Does running DXDIAG show any problems with your sound?Cheers A

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No, I'm not going to get fed up with your suggestions!! :-)The sound in FS9 is just as it was when the FDSFX sounds were working normally - I can try changing the sliders and then putting them back again, but as it is only FDSFX on the whole PC that has this problem (as far as I have discovered) I don't think that is likely to do much.DXDiag shows no errors with the sound. I have checked the soundcard settings on my PC - all look fine. I have all sliders at 100% (and adjust volume with the control for my Creative speakers. I could try changing the sound to onboard temporarily and see if that helps (will report back if so).M

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No, I'm not going to get fed up with your suggestions!! :-)The sound in FS9 is just as it was when the FDSFX sounds were working normally - I can try changing the sliders and then putting them back again, but as it is only FDSFX on the whole PC that has this problem (as far as I have discovered) I don't think that is likely to do much.DXDiag shows no errors with the sound. I have checked the soundcard settings on my PC - all look fine. I have all sliders at 100% (and adjust volume with the control for my Creative speakers. I could try changing the sound to onboard temporarily and see if that helps (will report back if so).M
HelloI found that if turn down my engine sounds and environment (in the FS9 sound settingssliders right back) then when I come to a flight turn the speaker volume right up then engines are still audible ,but ATC for instance and any other cockpit sounds are really loud so maybe that is worth a try.Its strange how FDSFX worked correctly for you before.There must be some solution to this surelyConfused.gifAndy, biggrin.gif

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I can't recreate the issue so I am not having much luck at a solution. If I were to guess, you say you have all the sliders cranked up but can barely hear the announcements (but you can hear them), my guess would be a mute button somewhere.If all else fails you could go back to square one and try installing it with the default 737-400. When you know how the thing installs, it really takes about a minute. Gauges can go either in the main Gauge folder or in the aircraft panel folder. You could try them in each. Sound files can really be anywhere you want them. You could try placing them in a different folder. Again these are just things coming off the top of my head.There is no overall volume built into FDSFX. Each switch has its own volume control. And that overall volume is controlled by FS9 and then by Windows (or by an audio card).

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Tried changing sounds within FS9, but no help. I am going to have to try to find a (freeware) batch audio normalizer (anyone know of one?) and increase the volume of all my sound files..M.

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No, but keep us posted. Running a flight now. Have to hit Q to mute the engines every time I want to hear the callout

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Actually, normalising the mp3/wav files is not really an option - the amount that the audio file can be amplified is limited by the spikes in its wave form. In other words, if I choose normalize 100% in an audio editor, the difference with most of the files is marginal, volume-wise, in the cockpit.Oh, I would really, really like to know why all the FDSFX files played back fine for years (literally) and then a few weeks ago decided to play so quietly one can hardly hear them: my cockpit callout files from FDC Live Cockpit play just fine, as do all the FS9 ATC files - in fact every other audio file in FS9 plays as it always had, it's only FDSFX that suddenly has a problem. I assume that this is the same for others who have this issue?Typical of computers, this, isn't it! One minute OK, the next, not. Anyone who says they don't have a mind of their own, clearly never uses them!M.

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Actually, normalising the mp3/wav files is not really an option - the amount that the audio file can be amplified is limited by the spikes in its wave form. In other words, if I choose normalize 100% in an audio editor, the difference with most of the files is marginal, volume-wise, in the cockpit.Oh, I would really, really like to know why all the FDSFX files played back fine for years (literally) and then a few weeks ago decided to play so quietly one can hardly hear them: my cockpit callout files from FDC Live Cockpit play just fine, as do all the FS9 ATC files - in fact every other audio file in FS9 plays as it always had, it's only FDSFX that suddenly has a problem. I assume that this is the same for others who have this issue?Typical of computers, this, isn't it! One minute OK, the next, not. Anyone who says they don't have a mind of their own, clearly never uses them!M.
MI feel your pain! the irony is I still have FDSFX and its LOUD! but I don't use it ,yours is mute ,and you DO want to use it.PS what happens if you play the MP3s from the FDSFX folder (not in game)if I do that real player shows volume slider well to the left and its perfectly audible ,with plenty of slider adjustment left for deafening .Andy

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Hi. I have used FDSFX for years and have collected a nice set of cockpit/cabin announcements in a dozen or more different languages. A week or two ago however, the volumes of the announcements suddenly went so low I can hardly hear most of them. No idea what triggered it. If I right-click they are still set around 100% volume, and if I play the individual files in a media player they are as loud as they ever were, it's only in the FDSFX interface that they play back so softly.Any ideas how to solve this, short of reinstalling the programme (which may or may not help)?Thanks,Martin
Hi there, hope you wont mind me asking but I love FDSFX, and was interested to hear that you've collected a decent set of voices. I've had trouble finding many sets, there are a few on Avsim but the selection is very limited - I wondered where you have sourced yours from? It's a great little addon isn't it, just does what you need it to without any added complications. I love it!

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