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Title: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: ArtemisF0wl on March 23, 2011, 11:27:46 PM
1st of all, this is just a suggestion and an opinion, nothing more.. Does anyone else feel the custom Avast sounds deserve a sticky? The main reasons i think so are:
1. I bet 3/4 of Avast users aren't aware they exist
2. The thread that 1st introduced them (at least to me) is buried somewhere deep in the forum by now
3. It may satisfy some of the people who seem to be adamant about customizing everything (there are quite a few threads about customizing GUI colors, etc)
4. I think the Avast team meant for everyone to have fun with this, and who knows when a user with the knowhow to create a new sound pack may visit the forum?  (Droid soundpack please) ;D

I wonder what others think? No flaming please if you don't feel it deserves a sticky ;)


http://www.avast.com/audio
Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: Lisandro on March 23, 2011, 11:33:23 PM
+1 for a sticky. Why not?
Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: spg SCOTT on March 23, 2011, 11:36:03 PM
Well, it's not hard to make your own soundpacks...maybe a thread "Post your soundpacks"?

Did this when the other thread was there:
http://spgscott.wordpress.com/tutorials/creating-custom-soundpacks-for-avast/
Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: Asyn on March 23, 2011, 11:44:07 PM
I wonder what others think? No flaming please if you don't feel it deserves a sticky ;)

I sure won't flame you. :)
But sorry, no to another sticky for this.
Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: igor on March 23, 2011, 11:49:33 PM
As for the "not hard"... sure, technically, it's rather simple.
But from what we've received so far (which wasn't much, but still) - I dare say it's not that simple to make something that sounds well. It seems like it's enough to write down the texts and then read them into some recording device. But... it often sounds rather dull, boring.

I mean, for personal usage, whatever the particular person likes, it's fine :)
But if it should be placed somewhere on avast! web, or even included in the program (we're still missing the voiceovers in quite many language versions) - it should be recorded through a decent microphone (i.e. not the one in notebook or cellphone), and the whole expression/pronunciation should be "lively" (but also natural!). It's not that simple, if you're not a professional speaker.


As for the sticky... I don't know, there are plenty of stickies here already.
Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: spg SCOTT on March 24, 2011, 12:03:18 AM
As for the "not hard"... sure, technically, it's rather simple.
But from what we've received so far (which wasn't much, but still) - I dare say it's not that simple to make something that sounds well. It seems like it's enough to write down the texts and then read them into some recording device. But... it often sounds rather dull, boring.


I mean, for personal usage, whatever the particular person likes, it's fine :)
But if it should be placed somewhere on avast! web, or even included in the program (we're still missing the voiceovers in quite many language versions) - it should be recorded through a decent microphone (i.e. not the one in notebook or cellphone), and the whole expression/pronunciation should be "lively" (but also natural!). It's not that simple, if you're not a professional speaker.

Ahh, I forgot about voiced ones, I kinda meant just sound ones...
Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: DavidR on March 24, 2011, 12:12:48 AM
@ ArtemisF0wl
-1 to a sticky we have enough/more stickies that you can shake a stick at (excuse the pun) without another one.

1. I bet of the 3/4 users that don't know about the custom sounds, 99% of them don't care or they would come looking.
2. That is why there is a fully functioning forum search tool.
3. quite a few, when you compare the numbers posting about this compared to the total avast user base, quite a few is a minuscule number.
4. If they were that interested then they also have the iNews feature to make announcements on features, etc. Not to mention the avast Help Center where there could be another section slipped in after Technical support for Useful links and customisation, etc.
Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: Asyn on March 24, 2011, 12:39:26 AM
2. That is why there is a fully functioning forum search tool.

Well, we could discuss about this, but that's OT here. ;)
Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: ArtemisF0wl on March 24, 2011, 12:58:52 AM
Duly noted sirs... ;)  Thanks for the feedback, i guess it wasn't such a good idea after all
Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: sooners2win on March 24, 2011, 02:47:37 AM
1st of all, this is just a suggestion and an opinion, nothing more.. Does anyone else feel the custom Avast sounds deserve a sticky? The main reasons i think so are:
1. I bet 3/4 of Avast users aren't aware they exist
2. The thread that 1st introduced them (at least to me) is buried somewhere deep in the forum by now
3. It may satisfy some of the people who seem to be adamant about customizing everything (there are quite a few threads about customizing GUI colors, etc)
4. I think the Avast team meant for everyone to have fun with this, and who knows when a user with the knowhow to create a new sound pack may visit the forum?  (Droid soundpack please) ;D

I wonder what others think? No flaming please if you don't feel it deserves a sticky ;)

Thanks for the post, I didn't know you could customize!


http://www.avast.com/audio
Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: YoKenny on March 24, 2011, 02:32:54 PM
Duly noted sirs... ;)  Thanks for the feedback, i guess it wasn't such a good idea after all
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Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: ViniH on May 23, 2011, 04:35:16 PM
I strongly agree with the OP.

For what it's worth I will be making some sound packs using my home studio (condenser mic, analog mixer, HD digital recording).

I would be happy to take requests (I can learn pretty much any accent).

As and when I create packs I will host them here (http://www.vinih.com/avast/).

Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: mantra on May 23, 2011, 06:46:00 PM
1st of all, this is just a suggestion and an opinion, nothing more.. Does anyone else feel the custom Avast sounds deserve a sticky? The main reasons i think so are:
1. I bet 3/4 of Avast users aren't aware they exist
2. The thread that 1st introduced them (at least to me) is buried somewhere deep in the forum by now
3. It may satisfy some of the people who seem to be adamant about customizing everything (there are quite a few threads about customizing GUI colors, etc)
4. I think the Avast team meant for everyone to have fun with this, and who knows when a user with the knowhow to create a new sound pack may visit the forum?  (Droid soundpack please) ;D

I wonder what others think? No flaming please if you don't feel it deserves a sticky ;)


http://www.avast.com/audio

i would love a sexy female voice!!!
Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: Nesivos on May 23, 2011, 07:54:42 PM
As for the "not hard"... sure, technically, it's rather simple.
But from what we've received so far (which wasn't much, but still) - I dare say it's not that simple to make something that sounds well. It seems like it's enough to write down the texts and then read them into some recording device. But... it often sounds rather dull, boring.

I mean, for personal usage, whatever the particular person likes, it's fine :)
But if it should be placed somewhere on avast! web, or even included in the program (we're still missing the voiceovers in quite many language versions) - it should be recorded through a decent microphone (i.e. not the one in notebook or cellphone), and the whole expression/pronunciation should be "lively" (but also natural!). It's not that simple, if you're not a professional speaker.


As for the sticky... I don't know, there are plenty of stickies here already.

Why not get famous public people to actually record the message professionally?

I think it would really be cool if you could hear the voice of your favorite footballer, movie star, singer etc.

With Avast having tens of millions of users I would think that these famous people would offer to do it for free given all the free advertising that it would give them.

For example the voice message could say:  Hi this is so and so and your virus definitions have been updated.
Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: igor on May 23, 2011, 10:54:40 PM
With Avast having tens of millions of users I would think that these famous people would offer to do it for free given all the free advertising that it would give them.

Well, I can imagine such people may have quite a few similar offers... and possibly a lot of other things to do - than spend time in a recording studio. However, I'd say the main problem is to get through to these people - over their agents.

For example the voice message could say:  Hi this is so and so and your virus definitions have been updated.

Personally, I don't like this "Hi this is..." (I believe we actually have something similar in one of the Polish themes). I mean, might be funny at first, but if you hear it every day, possibly even twice a day...
(just my personal opinion though)
Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: Nesivos on May 23, 2011, 11:28:36 PM
With Avast having tens of millions of users I would think that these famous people would offer to do it for free given all the free advertising that it would give them.

Well, I can imagine such people may have quite a few similar offers... and possibly a lot of other things to do - than spend time in a recording studio. However, I'd say the main problem is to get through to these people - over their agents.

For example the voice message could say:  Hi this is so and so and your virus definitions have been updated.

Personally, I don't like this "Hi this is..." (I believe we actually have something similar in one of the Polish themes). I mean, might be funny at first, but if you hear it every day, possibly even twice a day...
(just my personal opinion though)

Nothing to get these people into a recording studio.  They are always around one.  In fact a lot of them have studios in their homes. So all they have to do is read a few lines for Avast while they are in the studio and finished.   All of maybe a minute tops.

As far as what they say I hear ya.  I leave that up to the Avast team to figure out.  However, no problem getting through to them.   Start with a famous person from the Czech Republic that one of the people in Avast knows.  Its not like The Czech Republic is that a big a country where no one in Avast would not know one of these people.  Start with that one or two countryman/countrywomen and see how it goes.   If people like it then I am sure that the famous people who someone at Avast knows, knows people that are famous that don't live in the Czech Republic.  So on an so forth.

I agree at least initially it would be difficult to go through agents but through personal relationships it might just work enough to get the ball rolling.

How exactly it would be done I leave that up to the Avast team. :)
Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: ViniH on May 24, 2011, 02:51:34 AM
Start with a famous person from the Czech Republic that one of the people in Avast knows.  Its not like The Czech Republic is that a big a country where no one in Avast would not know one of these people.

Are you for real?

Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: Nesivos on May 24, 2011, 03:08:18 AM
Start with a famous person from the Czech Republic that one of the people in Avast knows.  Its not like The Czech Republic is that a big a country where no one in Avast would not know one of these people.

Are you for real?



Do you have clue how much the creators and owners of Avast are worth?  I don't but I know it is more than enough to run in the elite circles in the Czech Republic.
Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: Coolmario88 on May 24, 2011, 03:29:47 AM
I would like to see the old avast! 4.8 sound remade as a Custom Sound for avast would be nice :P
Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: mantra on May 24, 2011, 07:26:22 AM
does nobody want a Female sexy voice , do not you?
Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: spg SCOTT on May 24, 2011, 08:52:28 PM
I would like to see the old avast! 4.8 sound remade as a Custom Sound for avast would be nice :P

I found this in my dropbox ;D (I think I was messing with it when I was making the soundpack tutorial)

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3105891/avast_soundpacks/avast4sounds.avastsounds

Only has 4 sounds though:

pup-detected (generic warning siren)
suspicious detected
threat detected
database updated

As well as the in your face (LOUD) ones, I would like to see some subtle sounds too...There was one trackback entry on the blog which had a few good subtle sounds to use for a soundpack, but the site is down...
Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: ArtemisF0wl on May 25, 2011, 03:21:28 PM
 ;D  thanks for that, Scott. it brings back old memories, i think ill use that one for awhile
Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: ViniH on May 28, 2011, 12:39:02 AM
Start with a famous person from the Czech Republic that one of the people in Avast knows.  Its not like The Czech Republic is that a big a country where no one in Avast would not know one of these people.

Are you for real?

Do you have clue how much the creators and owners of Avast are worth?  I don't but I know it is more than enough to run in the elite circles in the Czech Republic.

You seemed to intimate that the country was so small that someone at avast MUST know someone famous?  Perhaps it was just badly worded, but it's not like there isn't precedent for Americans and such thoughts/comments/statements about other countries. :P

Anyway I have done one sound pack so far and I will do some more and post them at a later date.

They are/will be all be available at http://www.vinih.com/avast/ (http://www.vinih.com/avast/).
Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: ArtemisF0wl on May 28, 2011, 12:47:31 AM
thanks viniH, bookmarked! :D
Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: miscreant on May 30, 2011, 09:54:11 PM
Id like to get an arnie terminator pack.I think it would be fun to hear a "you are terminated" voice from arnie :)
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Title: Re: Custom Avast sounds
Post by: Para-Noid on May 31, 2011, 06:46:33 AM
A sticky...no.  Sorry. If we start messing with the software where will it end. I perfectly happy with avast being a top of the line security software. I'd hate to see it get so bloated no one would download it. Next someone will want whistles and bells along with a choir.  :)