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Revision as of 02:07, 30 May 2015

Introduced with Operation Flashpoint version 1.001.00Effects of this scripting command are not broadcasted over the network and remain local to the client the command is executed on
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Description

Description:
selects Sound from CfgSounds declared in the Description.ext file.
This command may not function as expected. playSound [soundName, true] plays sound through radio channel

Syntax

Syntax:
playSound soundName
Parameters:
soundName: String
Return Value:
Nothing

Alternative Syntax

Syntax:
playSound [soundName,forcePlay]
Parameters:
soundName: String
forcePlay: Boolean - true to ignore fadeSound volume settings.
Return Value:
Nothing

Examples

Example 1:
playSound "soundname"

Additional Information

See also:
playSound3DsideRadiosayplayMusicsay2Dsay3DcreateSoundSource

Notes

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Only post proven facts here. Report bugs on the Feedback Tracker and discuss on the Arma Discord or on the Forums.

Notes

Posted on August 4, 2006 - 10:57
hardrock
Notes from before the conversion: For dialogue involving living units it is better to use say, playSound will play a sound at the location of the player, say will play a sound at the location of the unit that is speaking, and it will only play that sound if the unit is alive.

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Posted on December 28, 2014 - 08:22 (UTC)
PiZZADOX
As you may have noticed, the parameter for playsound/say3d that deals with the "volume" of the sound played has little to do with the effective loudness heard in game. What it is alters is the drop off for fading the sound at a distance. A higher decibel or integer value will increase the distance before any sort of fading will take place. The actual volume of the sound file played will factor in to this, as it does throughout the playing action.

Amplifying the Sound

Modifying the effective volume of sounds played by the engine is possible by "spamming" the sounds. By quickly playing the sounds overtop of one another, you can effectively amplify the volume
This example, playSound "soundname"; playSound "soundname";
Will effectively amplify the sound by a sensed 2x. The volume of the sound file itself will still affect the sound volume as it appears as though the arma engine has no normalization for sound files added to it.

Notes

This technique may cause issues in sound quality in large multiplayer servers. I observed multiple instances when a triggered sound amplified with this method was out of sync with each other. Timing of the individual commands sent over the network is probably the issue. Recommend you compile your amplification code into a single finished function for better syncing for clients not activating the action/far away from the activation position.