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No more muddy compression for the game voices. Loose files only (no esp plugin). Oldrim / VR compatible.

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Introduction

From the original release of Skyrim back in 2011 to Skyrim VR in 2018, the original voices files has always been compressed in a format called XWM (or xWMA). Compression is used to save space by reducing the files size. However, the XWM format is a lossy compression, which means some of the file data is destroyed, impacting the sound quality.

What Bethesda did for Skyrim, is to use XWM's default ratio between file size and sound quality, which is approximately 48kbp/s. The result is, average file size but poor sound quality.


Higher quality

Since the Special Edition release on PS4 (or before if you were playing on PS3), you may have noticed that the sound quality (music and voices) is definitely better than PC and Xbox 360/One versions.
If PS3 and PS4 versions of the game are not affected by this compression issue, it's because they are using Sony's proprietary audio format instead of Microsoft's XWM. This proprietary audio format remain a lossy compression, but is much more efficient, preserving the sound quality.


What this mod do

This mod will replace the vanilla english voices files with new ones, in much higher quality (192kbp/s), recorded off the PS4 version. This quality upgrade will make the voices crystal clear compared to canned vanilla compression. The new voices also have slightly higher volume than vanilla.

This mod support all voices of the main game, including Dawnguard, Dragonborn and Hearthfire.

Why ?

Because Skyrim is by far my favorite game and as an audiophile, audio quality is just as important as graphics for a true immersion. To me, the audio compression was a huge disappointment with the "remastered" Special Edition and unacceptable for the VR version. Modders did a bloody superb job on graphics, but like someone told me, better audio quality is the last piece of the puzzle we needed to make the game complete and enjoyable as it was meant to be, for our eyes and for our ears as well.
See also my other mod for the game music : SSE High Quality Music

Here is some vanilla / mod comparison. (Please wear headphones or headset) :



This is not Skyrim, but it's a nice compression damage demonstration :
Remember, Skyrim vanilla voices are 48kbp/s. Mod is 192kbp/s.



                                                                                              

Installation

The mod is quite heavy. For more convenience, it has been splitted in 4 parts of less than 2Go each.
I do recommand a manual installation. You can still use Nexus Mod Manager, but the installation/uninstallation will take a lot of time !

- Download the 4 parts of the mod.
- To save time, move the archives into your game "/Data" folder and extract them directly here.
(Each part is independant so you can extract them one after one).
- If the four parts successfully extracted and merged, folders should look like this : /Data/sound/voice/dawnguard.esm, dragonborn.esm, hearthfire.esm, skyrim.esm
- Enjoy !

Compatibility


The mod is compatible with everything since there is only loose files.
Any mod reusing vanilla dialogues files, even those restoring unused ones (such as Immersive Citizen or Cutting Room Floor for example) is compatible.
It can be used with the original 2011 game (Oldrim) and Skyrim VR.

Enjoy and do not forget to endorse if you like this mod :)


                                                                                              

Credits


To Bethesda, for the game and its assets, and all voices actors who made an awesome work on Skyrim.
To all people, friends and a contributor who will recognize himself, for his technical help, who made this mod possible and complete.
To the modding community, for sharing all your awesome work and your support.

This material is not made, guaranteed or supported by ZeniMax or its affiliates.
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