What is Satchel's Dynamic Range sound pack?
Satchel's Dynamic Range (DR) sound pack is an
excellent but unofficial replacement of OFP's sound effects for soldier
movement, weapons and vehicles. Versions are available for both OFP: Resistance
and earlier OFP versions. It is highly popular and the majority of the
player community (including yours truly) is of the opinion that it's an
improvement over the sounds that BIS incorporated into OFP.
Before you run to download and install the DR
sound pack, you should take the following into consideration:
- The DR sound pack modifies OFP's
installation. BIS will not officially support such work, though BIS has made
their best effort in at least pointing out errors that are known to be
caused by the DR sound pack.
- You must have OFP 1.30 or above before
installing the DR sound pack.
- For users of OFP versions 1.30 through 1.44,
Satchel issued a patch to correct some errors. This patch comes in two
variations: one using the DR sound pack's replacement for OFP's default gun reticule;
the other restores OFP's default gun reticule.
- If you ever upgrade OFP after installing the
DR sound pack, remember to first
restore OFP's original files, which the DR sound pack modifies/replaces, and only
reinstall the DR sound pack after successfully upgrading OFP. If you've
installed the Resistance version of the DR sound pack into new separate
subdirectories (using the "-mod" command line parameter to enable them), you
don't have to worry about restoring original files or removing these mod
subdirectories when upgrading OFP in the future.
- Users who upgraded to OFP versions 1.45 and
1.46 encountered several errors caused by the presence of the DR sound pack,
even when the DR sound pack was uninstalled before upgrading and correctly
reinstalled afterwards. Satchel is tentatively not patching the DR sound
pack, pending discussions with BIS on finding a way to prevent rogue
modifications to OFP's configuration, which the DR sound pack inadvertently
introduced. Such modifications could include multiplayer cheats that would
benefit an online player who has modified OFP's configuration with such
intentions in mind.
In the meantime, OFP player Wright wrote his own patch to support the DR
sound pack under OFP version 1.46. Once again, there's a patch version that
retains the SR sound pack's modified gun reticule and another version the
restores OFP's original gun reticule.
- It can be assumed that when another upgrade
of OFP is released, new patches for the DR sound pack will have to be
developed and the DR sound pack should not be installed after such an
upgrade until such patches become available.
IMPORTANT: Using a sound pack addon may
affect your ability to participate in MP games. Read about it
Satchel's DR sound pack and patch files are
available at numerous OFP sites, including PV's
OFP Addons Page.