Post by Strandvaskeren
Blizz gave us an option to kill pet's idle and aggro sounds. Unfortunately it doesn't quite do that as my warlock Imp still sounds like a fireplace. It got rid of the insults and yelling, but not the fire place idle sound. Find a quiet place, summon your Imp and just listen to the fireplace sound it makes while standing idle beside you. Dismiss the Imp and enjoy the silence. Drives me nuts!
However Blizzard implemented a system for loading alternative sound files into your wow.
Here's how I killed the idle sound of my gnome mechanostrider.
First I downloaded a MPQ editor, I picked the one from http://www.zezula.net/en/mpq/download.html
With the editor I went to my wow folder and found the Data folder. I loaded common-2.mpq into the editor and made sure the editor was in read-only mode not to mess the original wow file up.
In common-2.mpq I clicked Sound, Creature, Mechastrider and extracted MechaStriderLoop.wav by right clicking on it. I found the extraced wav file in the editors work folder and played it with winamp to make sure it was the right one.
I closed down the mpq editor. Make sure not to save any changes if you forgot the read-only mode. It's important to leave common-2.mpq untouched as Blizz don't like to have you modifying their files.
Next I opened windows Sound Recorder. (Start, Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, Sound Recorder). I loaded the extracted MechaStriderLoop.wav into the Sound Recorder. Then I chose Effects, Decrease Volume 10-15 times until I could no longer hear the rattling engine sound. I saved the modifications to the extracted file.
Finally I went to my wow folder, clicked the Data folder and inside the Data folder I created a new folder named Sound. Inside the Sound folder I created a folder called Creature and inside the Creature folder I made a folder named MechaStrider. Finally I copied the modified MechaStriderLoop.wav into the folder.
Since then, every time I start wow, it loads the alternative sound file. Naturally the sound file has to have the right name and the folder names need to be spelled correct too - exactly like they were named inside common-2.mpg.
It doesn't violate your agreement with Blizzard. You didn't modify any wow files, you just added a muted version of a sound file to the proper directory and Blizzard chose to have wow load it with a priority over the sound file embedded in common-2.mpq.
I no longer hear the rattling idle sound of my Mechstrider and I don't hear other peoples Mechstriders idle either. They still hear both their own and my Mechstrider, it's only my copy of wow plays a sound that is too low to hear.
You could use the same procedure to get rid of the sound your hunters gun make or replace it with the sound of a lazer gun from Starwars if you like. All it takes is a wav file with the proper name in the proper folder.
Now if only I could figure out how they named the annoying fireplace idle sound my warlocks Imp make, anyone knows?