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Sound Tutorial (New)
March 3, 2012
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My first Sound Tutorial would never load when I tried to edit it, and I'd constantly get 500 Internal Server Errors, so I decided to start again…Hopefully without the problems.

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Sound tutorial

I noticed there are some problems regarding sounds every now and then…hopefully this will help!

Things you need:

Audacity ( http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ )
MFAudio ( http://www.zophar.net/utilitie…..o-1-1.html )
Theme Builder

( http://www.lili-chan.com/download )http://www.lili-chan.com/downloads.htm)

 

I would recommend getting it from here on PS3 Themes, because lili-chan does not have 4.0 Beta available.

First you need to find some audio files. Just do a search for “Free Sound effects”, or “Sound FX” or something to that effect.

Keep in mind the sounds need to be SHORT. There's nothing more annoying than a theme with a cursor sound that lasts FOREVER. ALSO, there's a size limit to sounds in Themes, and if you go over that limit, your Theme will fail when you compile it. Try to keep your basic Navigation sounds down to under half a second, and the OK sound to about under or over one second. All together, you have about 150kb to play with, so when you split that up into 5 different sounds, you have about 30kb per sound. Making them any longer or larger runs a risk of making your theme not able to compile.

After you've acquired the sounds you'd like, you're going to need to convert them to Sony's proprietary sound format, because there isn't a huge demand for .VAG files right now.
That's where Audacity comes in. Open the file in Audacity and you'll be presented with your sound in a sound wave format. This is a good time to edit your sounds to remove excess silence/noises if you wish. You can also pull what you want from a sound and ditch the rest.

Now, when I make sounds, before I'm through, I usually run them through the Amplify Effect and set it to “-10”, that way the sounds aren't overly loud and aggressive when you're using them. (The Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode One theme you can download from the PlayStation Store for free is a perfect example of a theme with sounds that are too loud.)

When you're done, save it in WAV Format, and make sure it's set to a frequency of 44100!

Make sure your sound is at 16bit and at Mono for better results as well. It helps lower your file size when converting to .VAG.

You can make sure it's in 44100 in the lower left corner of Audacity. To save in WAV Format, Go to FILE -> Export as WAV.

 

Now sometimes, after saving to WAV, it'll add a few seconds to the end of your sound. It's annoying, but IF it happens, open it up in Audacity again and remove the excess, remembering to save in 44100/16bit-Mono again. That should fix it for good.

Now that you have your WAV ready, we need to convert it to .VAG format. That's where MFAudio comes in.

Open your sound in MFAudio. You'll see the program has everything split into 2 separate sections, your sound above, and conversion options underneath. Underneath will be a drop-down menu where you can select what sound format you'd like to convert it into. Choose VAG, which I believe is the 4th option, then click the save as and choose a destination on your computer. Even though you've done that, it's not saved yet! You still need to click “Process!”, which is located in the bottom right of the application window. A tiny window will pop up that says, “Conversion complete!”

Now you have your .VAG file that's ready to use in your PS3 Theme. That's where the Theme Builder comes in. The fourth tab over is named “Additional Commands”. That's where you add sounds. Choose your sound for the appropriate Theme function, (Cursor, Cancel, OK, Question or Decide).

Compile your theme and it should be included!

October 9, 2012
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You could also use WavtoVag.

January 19, 2013
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please help
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can you make a song play whenever you are in main ps3 menu ( I mean like a theme song in main menus of games)

January 19, 2013
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no u cannot ur allowed sounds that are only 1 second in legnth at the most and in vag format if im not mistaken

May 12, 2013
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When I try to convert a mono 16-bit wav at 44100 Hz, the program just tells me “invalid WAV”. It also accepts .mp3s and successfully converts them, but when I use them in the PS3 theme builder, the program acts as though I put nothing in. Does anyone have a solution?

May 13, 2013
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@hairybones1997: Uhm… aside the “invalid WAV” message… Did the program give you some error?

Anyway, after you converted the sound to WAV and then to VAG format…
– Are you sure the file size doesn’t exceed 30KB, and the sound itself is less than 1sec long?

May 14, 2013
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OPTIMUS said

@hairybones1997: Uhm… aside the “invalid WAV” message… Did the program give you some error?

Anyway, after you converted the sound to WAV and then to VAG format…
– Are you sure the file size doesn’t exceed 30KB, and the sound itself is less than 1sec long?

Good ideas, OPTIMUS. Like he said, keep in mind your limitations. 150kb of sound spread between 5 files is the preferred maximum amount. Any more, and your theme will start making it sound like white noise. “KSSSSHHHHHTT!”

Also, make sure to preview your sound in Muzzle Flash before turning it into a .VAG file. There might be a problem with your WAV file. If there is, head back to Audacity and try to export it again.

May 14, 2013
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@F-Rott: Thanks, my friend Smile
“KSSSSHHHHHTT!”… LOOOL! It fits perfectly: I would never been able to explain it better! Laugh

@hairybones1997: Yep! Just like F-Rott said, so… be sure to check all that stuff Wink

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