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How to correctly install, configure, and use HLSS

Postby Dancing Jesus » Sun Oct 23, 2005 3:09 pm

Ok, after being asked countless questions concerning HLSS, I've decided to make my own tutorial about HLSS, for those who can't seem to follow the instructions posted on the HLSS site itself.


About HLSS

HLSS (Half-Life Sound Selector) lets you play .wav files in Half-Life and its mods through the mic system, so everyone hears them.

HLSS is often looked down upon and is considered spam, so don't use it too often or the admin of the server might punish you.

Downloading and Installing HLSS

1. The first thing you have to do in order to use HLSS is to download it. Download HLSS here: Simply click the "Click here" link and enter the username and password provided. Two links will come up: one to download HLSS and one to download a music converter program, dBpowerAMP. Download both, as they both are necessary to use HLSS.

2. Extract HLSS anywhere. I prefer the desktop, since I use HLSS frequently and it is easily accessible.

3. Extract and open up the dBpowerAMP Music Converter installer and follow the on-screen instructions to install it. Remember the install directory, because you'll need to convert music with this program later on.


Setting up and Configuring HLSS

After you've installed HLSS, you have to configure it to work for your specific HL mod. I will be using Sven Co-op as an example.

1. Search for your Sven Co-op folder (Steam/SteamApps/USERNAME/half-life/SvenCoop) and look in the folder for 2 files: autoexec.cfg and userconfig.cfg

2. Open autoexec.cfg with notepad and paste the following at the end:

alias +PlayWAV "voice_inputfromfile 1; voice_loopback 1; +voicerecord"
alias -PlayWAV "voice_inputfromfile 0; voice_loopback 0; -voicerecord"
alias StartWAV "voice_inputfromfile 1; voice_loopback 1; +voicerecord; alias ToggleWAV StopWAV"
alias StopWAV "voice_inputfromfile 0; voice_loopback 0; -voicerecord; alias ToggleWAV StartWAV"
alias ToggleWAV "StartWAV"

echo "Hold down INSERT to play a WAV."
echo "Press DELETE to toggle the WAV On/Off."


3. Open up the file userconfig.cfg with notepad and add this to it:

bind "ins" "+PlayWAV"
bind "del" "ToggleWAV"
exec autoexec.cfg


If you don't have a userconfig.cfg file, make one by doing the following:

a. Open up a new notepad file and paste the script mentioned above in it.
b. Click on file and Save As...
c. Navigate to your Svencoop folder
d. Name the file "userconfig.cfg" (without the quotation marks)
e. Under the file name (still on the Save As screen), you should see a tab that says "Save as type:" Click the dropdown menu and click on "All files"
f. Click save. Your file should be named userconfig and should be a .CFG file.

4. After editing the .cfg files, open up the HLSS program itself that you extracted (HLSS 3.0). Firstly, click on File, then go to Options.

5. The only thing you will need to edit here is the Game Directory. Click Browse and navigate to your SvenCoop folder. Double click the SC folder and hit OK. Hit OK at the bottom of the options window.


Editing .mp3's for your HLSS needs

In order to use HLSS successfully, you'll have to convert your .mp3 files to the correct format of .wav files. In order to do so, do the following:

1. Open up the dBpowerAMP music converter (the one you installed earlier). Double-click the speaker icon that says MusicConverter.

2. Select .mp3 files to convert in the screen that comes up.

3.

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This is what the next screen should look like after you select the files to convert. You can change the folder in which the converted music is saved, but the specifications at the top MUST be exactly as they are shown (16bit 8000 Hz Mono).

4. Click Convert>> at the bottom of the screen


Adding music into the HLSS program

You will need to add your converted .wav files to the HLSS program so that it plays in-game.

1. With HLSS open, click the green "+" sign at the top.

2. Click the ... next to Filename and select your converted .wav

3. Assign a shortcut key to the file. This will bring up a black bar at the top/bottom of the screen once HLSS is activated. Pressing the assigned shortcut key will show the black bar with the directory of your .wav.

4. Press OK.

5. Add other .wav files if you wish. IMPORTANT: do not assign more than one .wav file to a specific shortcut. HLSS will not work properly and will bring up an error if you do.

6. Click the thumbs-up sign at the top of the HLSS window to activate it. Clicking the thumbs-down sign will deactivate it.

HLSS can be activated/deactivated in-game or out.


Playing music in the game

Now that you've got HLSS working, you want to play music in the game, right?

1. To play music continuously, press the DELETE key. To stop it, press delete again. The delete key is your start/stop key for sound.

2. Pressing INSERT will play your sound as long as you hold down the insert button.

*Note* Bringing up the console will stop your sound from playing.



I've tried to make this tutorial as concise and accurate as I could. Any questions/comments, go ahead and post them. I will add more later, such as troubleshooting and editing your music for better quality.
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Postby Dred_furst » Sun Oct 23, 2005 3:27 pm

HLSS == bad

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Re: How to correctly install, configure, and use HLSS

Postby Dancing Jesus » Sun Oct 23, 2005 4:34 pm

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Postby CorrosiveGod » Sun Oct 23, 2005 4:44 pm

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Postby CpeanutG » Sun Oct 23, 2005 10:11 pm

Here is another tip on converting music to the WAV format for HLSS and an extra tip to make the music sound better in game.

Step 1: Right click on WinAmp Title bar, go to "Options" then click on "Preferences"
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Step 2: Click on "Output" on the left, then on "Nullsoft Disk Writer plug-in v2.0c (x86)" on the right, then on "Configure" on the bottom.
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Step 3: Check the box for "Convert to format:" then on "Kill null samples at the begining" then on the button labled "..."
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Step 4: Make sure the "Format" is "PCM" and the "Attributes" are "8.000 kHz, 16 Bit, Mono 15 kb/sec" then click "Save As..."
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Step 5: Enter "HLSS" or whatever you want to name this preset as into the text box then click "OK"
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Step 6: Click "OK"
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Step 7: Change the "Output directory:" to whatever you want then click "OK"
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Step 8: Click "Close"
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Step 9: To make your HLSS music sound better inside HalfLife turn on WinAmp's EQ, turn down the PREAMP to about halfway for most music, some might need more, some could use less. Select the "Full Treble" equalizer setting, then just add music to WinAmp's Playlist and play it, when it plays it will play fast and convert it, but you wont hear it play. Also make sure the Repeat function is off.
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To return WinAmp back to the normal output plugin so you can listen to music just right click on WinAmp Title bar, go to "Options" then click on "Preferences" then select the DirectSound output v2.4 (d)
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Postby XGuy » Mon Oct 24, 2005 6:15 pm

omgz, y do all that complicated stuff, just bind a key to configure winamp
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Postby firebird » Thu Oct 27, 2005 6:56 pm

i can't seem to get it so i can here the words and the music is discorded what should i do
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Postby Fire-Wired » Fri Nov 11, 2005 12:13 am

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