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Bearcat99
10-09-2007, 09:46 PM
I was using a SB Live card on a XP1600 back when I first got here. That was back in IL2. When FB came out I upgraded to an Audigy... better sound.. then I upgraded to a better processor & a A7N8X MOBO with Soundstorm... still good... When I went to the current FX-53 I had to get a different MOBO so I put the Audigy 1 back in. The sounds were decent.. not great but good. Then in August I got a Xi-Fi card.. and I was very pleased with the difference in the sounds. So here is the question... What is your honest opinion of the sounds in this sim and what are you using for sound? Please include your soundcard and speakers. I am still running on the same Logitech 5.1s that I had when I got the first Audigy card... but I must say... especially when I am alone in the house... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif The sounds in here are not all that bad... I have yet to hear a lawn mower.

So whats your take?

Bearcat99
10-09-2007, 09:46 PM
I was using a SB Live card on a XP1600 back when I first got here. That was back in IL2. When FB came out I upgraded to an Audigy... better sound.. then I upgraded to a better processor & a A7N8X MOBO with Soundstorm... still good... When I went to the current FX-53 I had to get a different MOBO so I put the Audigy 1 back in. The sounds were decent.. not great but good. Then in August I got a Xi-Fi card.. and I was very pleased with the difference in the sounds. So here is the question... What is your honest opinion of the sounds in this sim and what are you using for sound? Please include your soundcard and speakers. I am still running on the same Logitech 5.1s that I had when I got the first Audigy card... but I must say... especially when I am alone in the house... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif The sounds in here are not all that bad... I have yet to hear a lawn mower.

So whats your take?

JG52MadAdler
10-09-2007, 10:12 PM
Audigy II now (Not doing any upgrades until SOW)
In the early IL2 days it was buggy.
I remember the micro stutters with gun/bomb sounds. That for the most part has been cleaned up. The sound has always been just ok.
I hear a vintage AC engine -109,P51 and so on I always think "If only they could get that sound in IL2" I think the attention was on FMs,new AC and the bug of the moment.

Rjel
10-09-2007, 10:16 PM
I have an Audigy 2 sound card hooked into Altec Lansing 5.1s. While the stock sounds are OK, they don't match the quality of the other aspects of the sim, IMO. They aren't nearly as good as Janes WWII Fighters or even the CFS series. So I think some real work needs to be done in this area for BoB:SoW to be as good we all hope it to be.

knightflyte
10-09-2007, 10:24 PM
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer with headphones.

Very happy with it.

BadA1m
10-09-2007, 10:47 PM
X-Fi and happy enough, but it could be better.

woofiedog
10-09-2007, 10:51 PM
Running a set of Klipsch, ProMedia 2.1 speakers and a X-Fi Xtreme sound card.

For sound I find the older IL-2 Sturmovik has a better sound quaility to it than 46/FB and the other versions of this series. Something seems lacking and flat sounding to the aircraft sounds to me.

As far as cards... I had a Audigy 2Z in my old Rig... but I find the X-Fi is a much better sounding card that the older card and I'm running the same Klipsch speakers. Sound over all is a lot more 3D and more dynamic with the X-Fi card. Although both cards are rated as THX certified... along with the Klipsch ProMedia speakers.

FoolTrottel
10-09-2007, 11:24 PM
Audigy 2.
Creative Labs 5100 Speakerset (5.1)

Front L-R and Center are also connected via an Audio Mixer to a Philips TA154 amplifier, which amplifies only the lower frequencies (upto 200hz or so) to a set 2 of Bass Shaker Butt Kickers, mounted in a home made wooden chair.

For TS I use a Sennheiser USB headset, connected to a seperate Pc on which TS is running.

Whenever I can't make too much noise, I connect an Audio FX force feedback headset (non-usb) to the USB part of the Sennheiser.

Since I got me a Core2Duo I have enough CPU power to max out the Audio settings, 32 channels, 3d engine Mode Full, Sampling Rate 44100. (After I've switched to them settings, my nextdoor neighbours thought I'd gotten me a new subwoofer http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif)

I enjoy them sounds as they are... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif... I like 'm... very much...

(Especially in the Bf110... there are some RPM ranges... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif)

Stew278
10-09-2007, 11:46 PM
I have an Audigy 4 and Logitech X-530 5.1 speakers. Much nicer than back when I was only using onboard sound. Having surround sound does seem to improve the experience; it makes the sounds more directional. I also mounted the subwoofer to the bottom of the seat on my simpit to feel the engine and gun effects more. Sort of a poor man's ButtKicker.

I don't think the sound is too bad. Some planes like the German twin engined ones (Me110 ,Ju88) seem rather loud compared to others. I like the gun effects, particularly the larger caliber machine guns (.50cal, 13mm).

willyvic
10-10-2007, 12:18 AM
On the old 900 system I had an SBlive card. Il2 sounded okay.

The next system, a 3.2 P4, had and audigy2 ZS. Had problems with micro stutters but the sounds were much better.

Now have a dual core 6700 system with onboard AC97. Sim runs smooth as silk. Sounds are good but not great. Have toyed with the idea of putting in the ZS but have procrastinated thus far.

Have had 5.1 speaker setup the whole while.

WV

woofiedog
10-10-2007, 12:35 AM
FoolTrottel... I've thought about setting up a Harmon Kardon AVR 100 that I have to my rig. But not sure on how it would work out or if it would work.

The Philips amp you have running is a tube set?

And how do you have it connected?

JG52Uther
10-10-2007, 01:16 AM
Audigy 2 ZS with Sennheisser headphones.Very happy with this set up,and hardly ever use speakers anyway. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

VMF-214_HaVoK
10-10-2007, 01:19 AM
Soundblaster X-FI Xtreme with Sennheiser headset. Sounds UBER!

S!

WOLFMondo
10-10-2007, 02:11 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by JG52Uther:
Audigy 2 ZS with Sennheisser headphones.Very happy with this set up,and hardly ever use speakers anyway. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I use exactly the same. Also have some 7.1 surround speakers.

Feathered_IV
10-10-2007, 04:32 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by knightflyte:
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer with headphones.

Very happy with it. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Got one of those the other day too. Il2 still sounds quite poor, but at least the twin engines don't give me a headache anymore.

SeaFireLIV
10-10-2007, 04:35 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by knightflyte:
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer with headphones.

Very happy with it. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I copied knightflyte`s post cos it`s the same with me!

I guess not may people fly I16s because the mgs in that sound like rushing water.

As for engine noise, I find pushing base up to near max with a little treble helps add meatiness back to the rest fo the sound.

Of course, they still don`t really sound like rolling engines, especially if you listen to the authentic examples you can find on the net or run BOBwov.

furyan65
10-10-2007, 04:47 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bearcat99:
I was using a SB Live card on a XP1600 back when I first got here. That was back in IL2. When FB came out I upgraded to an Audigy... better sound.. then I upgraded to a better processor & a A7N8X MOBO with Soundstorm... still good... When I went to the current FX-53 I had to get a different MOBO so I put the Audigy 1 back in. The sounds were decent.. not great but good. Then in August I got a Xi-Fi card.. and I was very pleased with the difference in the sounds. So here is the question... What is your honest opinion of the sounds in this sim and what are you using for sound? Please include your soundcard and speakers. I am still running on the same Logitech 5.1s that I had when I got the first Audigy card... but I must say... especially when I am alone in the house... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif The sounds in here are not all that bad... I have yet to hear a lawn mower.

So whats your take? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

My set up: AMD64 X2 4600 with a 512mb X1900XTt, 2G GeiL and a MSI Diamond Plus K8N 939 mobo. The boards have a great sound system build on them and I have the Soundstorm 5.1 with creative subs and speakers on it.
Yup good deep sounds that are bl**dy loud, BUT the games weapons sounds spoil the crop. Theyre horrible and I hate them. Everything else, engines, effects like bombs going off, inflight coms etc are great.
Cheers.

Pyrres
10-10-2007, 05:52 AM
Well until yesterday I had great sounds. DonĀ“t know why I have some weird background noise when usin headphones. But with speakers I can totaly feel the engines and all. They are not perfect, but I like the way game handless the sounds when speaking about directions and all that surround sh1t.

And my setup is following: SB Audigy 2, amplifier is Denon DRA-1000, speakers Tannoy Mercury F2 (used to be called Fusion 2), subwoofer is Audiopro Sub Focus. And headphones are Sennheiser HD595.

woofiedog
10-10-2007, 06:06 AM
Pyrres... How do you have your Denon hitched up? Is it a direct plug in from your sound card or by other means?

Deedsundone
10-10-2007, 06:15 AM
X-Fi Xtreme gamer with Logitech Z 2300.
My sound is good and I love the subwoofer on this speaker set.

DrHerb
10-10-2007, 06:21 AM
Onboard soundcard (for now till i get more ca$hi$h)

Logitech Z640 5.1 speakers, oldies but goodies

whiteladder
10-10-2007, 06:27 AM
Onboard sound card

Force feedback headphone, which scare the pants off you when someone bounces you and you get hit.

cmirko
10-10-2007, 06:30 AM
audigy2zs + http://www.razerzone.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=38

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif great sounds - everything is maxed out and i don't have "sonar sound" as i moved away from ac97 onboard sounds....

Pyrres
10-10-2007, 06:33 AM
Woofie, just plugged 3.5mm---&gt;rca cable from soundcards output to amplifiers video input.

Gitano1979
10-10-2007, 06:35 AM
Recently I purchased an X-Fi Extreme Audio wich gave me a great improvement of the sound quality over my old inboard card, with less CPU load also.

The only bad thing is, if using extensions, an echo when flying at low altitude (less than 250m).

Lehnert
10-10-2007, 06:40 AM
Hello,
I am using a Creative Audigy I.

I am satisfied with it.

But I can not use 44.100 Frequenz with IL-2
because my FPS drop down to 20 FPS average from 36 FPS average.

My System:
AMD 4000 / Nvidia 6800 GT / 2 GB RAM / Creative Audigy I

Hardware accelaterion is on.

Any hints ??

Cheers
Gerhard

ploughman
10-10-2007, 06:52 AM
I've got some six year old integrated stereo thing that was pants and tinny until a mate bequeathed me a THX 4.1 dolby digital thing that (even on a 2.1 set up) improved the sound about 1,000%.

woofiedog
10-10-2007, 07:03 AM
Pyrres... Thank's for the info. I wasn't sure if I would need something or etc to go inbetween and really couldn't find any info from the web about a hitch up. Mint!

Again Thank's... looks like a Good project for this weekend.

Pyrres
10-10-2007, 07:28 AM
Nothing mate. I have had all sorts of things hooked up to my amp. Tv, mp3-player, cd, tape, pc, just plug everything to different input. All you need are the cables between.

TgD Thunderbolt56
10-10-2007, 08:12 AM
my 2 IL2 rigs I use:

1. X-Fi Platinum SC with AKG headset/mic and/or Klipsch 2.1 speakers.

2. Audigy 2 zs with some logitech speakers

I moved my 5.1 speakers downstairs to my multimedia pc because my Wife listens to music most of the day and actually requested a decent sound rig.


TB

Divine-Wind
10-10-2007, 09:20 AM
Integrated soundcard. $15 headset. I had a sweet $40 set of headphones (But they were so friggin' big that I just looked weird with them on), but the cable to them got sucked into the vacuum. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Pigeon_
10-10-2007, 09:42 AM
I use my on-board HD sound (Asus P5B). It's suited for 5.1, but I have the output plugged into an old 110 watt Pioneer amplifier. That, in turn, is connected to 2 x 30 watt RMS old school Wharfedales. A bit of tweaking in the Soundmax equalizer made my sound really good! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Oh, and at night I use a 4 euro headset... Best buy I ever made. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

BrotherVoodoo
10-10-2007, 11:48 AM
Creative XFI Fatal1ty gamer pro and Logitech Z5500 surround setup here. Works like a charm http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

bigbossmalone
10-10-2007, 11:55 AM
Using onboard sound.
I have a Creative Audigy Platinum sound card fitted, but disabled as it doesn't seem to get on with XP that well. A pretty decent card, pity I can't use it...
Fairly decent set of Yamaha speakers to round it off. The 'new' iL2 sounds are really cool... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Sturm_Williger
10-10-2007, 12:24 PM
I used onboard sound for years, then added a cheapo Creative SB Audigy with Medusa headset to take some load off the Mobo.

Sound has always been "ok" for me. Sure it never sounded like the real thing at an airshow, but I always figured "I'm in the cockpit".

FoolTrottel
10-10-2007, 01:27 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by woofiedog:
FoolTrottel... I've thought about setting up a Harmon Kardon AVR 100 that I have to my rig. But not sure on how it would work out or if it would work.

The Philips amp you have running is a tube set?

And how do you have it connected? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Tube set? No... it from the 80's, good thing about it is that it's got equalizer capabilities...

The Audio output from the Audigy is 'tapped' at the speaker-set: Left- and Right- Front and Center speaker signals are connected to a small audio-mixer, which mixes them into one Stereo output that's input to the amplifier. The Bass Shaker Butt Kickers are connected to the speaker output of the amplifier, one left, one right... No other speakers connected to the amplifier.

(The audio mixer joins the three front signals, should I only use left/right or center, turning the head in game would result into the loss of shakes, as the main sound -engine- output would shift from front to left or right for single engined crafs, vice versa on a dual engined crafts)

Does this make any sense?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v668/fooltrottel/SoundSetup-2.jpg

Zoom2136
10-10-2007, 02:49 PM
X-FI and E-Demensional force feedback headphones

I also have a cheap WalMart chair with the speaker built in (kind of a rocking chair with no legs) that's connected to a Lantec 5.1 surround system...

The sound is OK

Phil_C
10-10-2007, 06:52 PM
SB X-Fi Extreme Gamer http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif on Logitech 5.1 surround speakers with sub.

woofiedog
10-10-2007, 10:29 PM
FoolTrottel... Excellent job on the electronic schematic... and yes it does help! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Wicked Mint

Look's like I have a bit of a project ahead for this weekend... just need a set of speakers. A run to the local Pawn Shop should do. I have two spare Harmon Kardons on hand. One the AVR 100 and a Harman Kardon AVR 85.
I think the 85 will do a better job since it has Digital Processing.

Again Thank's too FoolTrottel & Pyrres for your help and drawing!

fabianfred
10-11-2007, 01:40 AM
the good old string and two tin cans rig...

woofiedog
10-11-2007, 02:00 AM
the good old string and two tin cans rig...

We need more Cow Bell! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

mortoma
10-11-2007, 09:11 PM
I use a good bit of string and two tin cans, which I place one on each side of my monitor.
Seriously, it may as well be. I have an old first gen Audigy card and a set of Altec Lansing speakers, with a terrible subwoofer from circa 1997!! My sound is terrible so I normally use a headphone set.

han freak solo
10-11-2007, 09:22 PM
Just the old Compaq on board sound with some old Boston Acoustics speakers that came with a Pentium II rig.

Game sounds are average. Music and video sounds are really good.

http://images.amazon.com/images/I/41H81WKT68L.jpg

Stiletto-
10-11-2007, 09:55 PM
X-fi Xtreme Gamer with some Klipsch 5.1's. Sounds better than average, needless to say http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

VMF-Blaze_UG
10-11-2007, 09:57 PM
I have an X-Fi Fatality sound card with the addon front panel to attach a head set to.. It costs around $200.00 USD...
But I wasn't able to get it to fuction properly when I built my new system with Vista... Creative did try to get some issues resolved with Microsoft, but hadn't completley fixed it...
I had spent several days with this problem and wasn't able to accomplish much,in fact it got worse instead of better..
I pulled the Creative card and dropped in the Asus on bd. sound card that came with my P5N32-E SLI 680i Mobo.. This card alone isn't really that good but I've tied it into my system and I'm useing my Sony STR DG800 7.1 HT reciever with Infinity speakers as the final sound output...

Its really amazeing how much better this is ...

~S~

Blaze