Originally Posted by alenfromcroatia
Sorry for keeping you waiting.
I just can't figure out how to test the dynamic range.
Do you have foobar 2000 installed on your computer? If you do not, you will need to install that. After you have finished with that, you will want to go to dr.loudness-war.info. Up in the top right corner you will see "foobar2000 component". Click on it, save the file (supposedly you can find this component on the foobar2000 website but I did not see it). You will then need to start foobar2000, click on 'Library', select 'Configure', click on 'Components', click on 'Install . . . ' and then select the component you downloaded and click 'Open'. After that you just need to click 'Apply' and 'OK' and then you should be all set. Now, once you have the component installed successfully, to run the Dynamic Range Meter you simply have to right-click on any songs you have in your foobar2000 library to bring up the context menu and you should see it. Click on it and it will start running right away.
@chewy4: This wouldn't be a problem for me because I oftentimes have to turn down the sound effects volume for the games that I play as I just find that they are usually too loud at full volume. For example, I had to turn down the SFX volume on Batman Arkham City because when you hit someone, you would hear a very loud and dramatic/grossly exaggerated sound and every time I heard it I thought "it never sounds like this when you're around to see someone hit another person." Also, another reason I had to turn down the sound effects volume in that game is that when you are trying to be stealthy and take out some baddies one by one and you grapple an object and start zooming up towards it, again, you hear a very loud noise and I can't help but think to myself "in reality, if you were trying to take people out one by one without being detected and you fired this grapple gun, your position would be compromised immediately with how loud this thing is." So I turned down the sound effects volume until they sounded more realistic to me. Can you do this on Black Mesa (turn down the sound effects volume)?
Edited by Double-A - 8/29/13 at 2:52pm