Hexen Sounds for Windows 3.1 or Windows 95
By Chet Walters at WizWorks!
Hexen sounds will allow you to hear the sounds from the Hexen main wad and also will help you to edit your scripts to easily insert the right sound without typing your fingers off.
Copy the files HEXNSNDS.EXE and HEXNSNDS.INI to a convenient directory of your choice. If you wish to also hear the sounds, the EXE and INI must be placed in the same directory as the extracted sounds (see TO HEAR SOUNDS).
Copy vbrun300.dll to your \windows\system\ directory (it may already be there).
USING HEXEN SOUNDS
This program is meant to assist you in picking just the right sound for your PWADs and will help you to type them into your scripts. Just HEXNSNDS.EXE then run your favorite editor (I like Wad Author by John Williston). When you are editing your scripts, just click HEXNSNDS on the task bar of Win 95 or ALT/TAB to it in Windows 3.1. Once it comes forward, just click a sound name, scroll the scroller bar to the correct volume, then click the appropriate button to copy the script entry to the clipboard. Return to your editor, place the cursor in the right place and press CTRL/V to paste the entry.
NOTE: If you have chosen THING sounds, you will have to edit the TID field since there is no way for Hexen Sounds to know what that should be.
TO HEAR SOUNDS
To hear the sounds, double click the name in the list, or select a name and press ENTER on the keyboard. In order to hear sounds, you must extract the sounds from the Hexen main wad and save them as Windows ".wav" files using the default 8.3 internal name for each sound. This can be done with Wintex 4.1 by Olivier Montanuy.
If you wish to add sounds to the list, you may edit the HEXNSNDS.INI file. Number the entry as the next number in the list, enter the name of the sound with no spaces in the name and at least two spaces after it, then enter the name of the wave file to play for that name (with no ".wav" extender).
NOTE: For Win 95 fans, Hexen Sounds does not understand long file names, you must use eight characters or less for the name of the .wav file to play in standard DOS 8.3 format.
NOTE: Edit the INI file carefully. Once Hexen Sounds finds an numbered entry that is empty, it will stop reading the file and anything following will not be in the list.
the right way:
the wrong way:
244=My New Sound mynew1 ; space in the name
246=MyNewSound2 mynew2 ; skipped a number, EOF
NOTE: If you are a DOOM fan, you can use this utility with a litte work. All you need do is put a copy of HEXNSNDS.EXE in a directory of your DOOM sounds and, in the same directory, create a HEXNSNDS.INI file for it using the conventions listed above. The numbers for the sounds begin with zero (0) and the names for the sounds must match your internal WAD names. (No guarantees that this will work, I have not tried it).
WHERE TO GET STUFF
WAD Author is simply the best map editor available today for Win 95 and Windows NT. It will also run in Windows 3.1 with WIN32s. You can find it:
Wintex is a good tool for extracting objects from WAD files. You can find it:
Drop by WizWorks! Home page at:
or send e-mail to Chet at:
NOTE: this is a simple utility I designed for my own use, I just thought you might enjoy it too. If not don't tell me. If so, drop by. There probably won't be any improvements to this utility in the future.