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TS4 Sound Tool

by denton47 Posted 14th Mar 2020 at 4:16 PM - Updated 3rd Aug 2020 at 6:40 PM by denton47
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This is a tool to play / edit / create sound effects and voices for Sims 4, you start by selecting a pack and the tool will then extract all sound events from animations found in that pack and add them to a selectable list, sound resources in Sims 4 don't have name properties so this is the only way to access them (maybe we get a full list from EA one day).

How to create a custom animation sound effect from a MP3 file
1. Double-Click on TS4SoundTool.exe to start the tool.
2. Select Base Game pack and then select a sound event similar to what you want to create, in this case we select ageup_adult.
3. Click Clone, enter my_sound_test as the new Event name.
4. Click OK in the New Event dialog, you will then be prompted to create a new empty package, create one and click OK.
5. The tool will clone all variations from the original event which you can now edit. Select and delete all the variations.
6. Click Add and select the MP3 file you want to use in the effect, when imported click Play to verify that the sound plays correctly.
7. Click Save to finish, you now have a sound effect named my_sound_test that can be used in animations.

While you can merge all your custom sounds into a single package, it is important to keep the original saved package as this is the only way to edit the sound again.

How to add a custom sound to a notification
1. Open the XML tuning file and copy the instance ID of the original sound.
2. Start the tool and select the pack to which the notification belongs.
3. Click Lookup, paste the original instance ID and click OK.
4. Click Clone, enter a new sound event name, in this case we use my_sound_effect and save the package.
5. Delete all original sound samples.
6. Click Add and select the MP3 file you want to use as a custom sound, when imported click Play to verify that it plays correctly.
7. Copy the hash, in this case 440B0D6F38FCC321 and click Save.
8. Paste the hash into the XML tuning file overriding the original instance ID.
9. Save the XML tuning file and import it into my_sound_effect.package.

Importing MP3 files
The encoder used in this tool only supports the most common MP3 formats, if you get an error when importing you need to convert your MP3 files to a more common format. Voices and sounds originating from objects should be MONO for directional sound to work properly.

When importing a MP3 file it will be encoded in EA Layer3 format (AUD) and added to the package (replacing any previous added versions), the instance ID is generated from the full file path so make sure you have something unique in your path (like your name) to avoid conflicts.

Extract the zip file somewhere on your harddrive, you will also need to download the EA Layer3 decoder/encoder from the link below and extract the content into the same directory as the tool.

If you don't have a standard Sims 4 installation you need to create a text file in the TS4SoundTool directory named Install_Dir.txt which contains the path to your Sims 4 installation directory.

Please read this post by SGMS to understand how voices work.

  • Version 1.0.16
    • Added more extensive checking and diagnostics for non-standard Sims 4 installations.
  • Version 1.0.17
    • Added option to select all game packs.
    • Added Export List button to export all sound event names to a text file.
    • Updated tool to handle Audio Configuration version 3.
  • Version 1.0.18
    • Added support for Audio Configuration version 4.
    • Added support for Eco Lifestyle.
  • Version 1.0.19
    • Added support for Stereo and Joint Stereo.
    • Added Sound Effect Lookup function (doesn't work with VFX yet).

Additional Credits:
CmarNYC for the XmodsData library.
Peter L Jones for the s4pi libraries.

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Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: Miscellaneous
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Tags: #Sound