GUIDE: Planet sounds and how to know everything from System Map.

Really good work. +1 REP.

Does this make it 100% predictable? Part of me thinks this takes away some of the fun of exploring - racing 100kls to look at a potential ELW and find out its not even terraformable. If it were possible to be accurate all the time I think it would take away some of the fun. I'd prefer a system where it were only reliable maybe 2/3 of the time.
 
OP : good work.
If it helps your first post, you can tell them that only the icon on the left is for water based life(and ammonia) ? that will help narrow it down, but they still need to listen to it to see if it is water or ammonia ?

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OP : good work.
If it helps your first post, you can tell them that only the icon on the left is for water based life(and ammonia) ? that will help narrow it down, but they still need to listen to it to see if it is water or ammonia ?
Yeah using the sounds combined with the holo images tells you almost everything you need to know. Out of curiosity, do you know if type III giants use a different holo icon than that first one that ammonia and water life giants use?


Really good work. +1 REP.

Does this make it 100% predictable? Part of me thinks this takes away some of the fun of exploring - racing 100kls to look at a potential ELW and find out its not even terraformable. If it were possible to be accurate all the time I think it would take away some of the fun. I'd prefer a system where it were only reliable maybe 2/3 of the time.
It's 100% once you learn the sounds, Ive got it all down now and am trying to discern any difference between terraformables and whether rings change the sound.
I suppose it can ruin the surprise if the fun part for you is the 200k ls slog out to the suspect rock. For me the fun part is just finding it. Generally Ill only stop the music and crank up the system map when something looks really interesting but its a long trip, or to help identify different giants. I discovered an earthlike last night with the method and there was no loss of enjoyment. I heard the bird chirping and chord music and THEN got excited and made the flight out and took a bunch of pictures and did the usual excitement thing. It's just another detection tool, for me the only thing it prevents is disappointment from thinking its something good, spending 15 minutes to get to it and then charging the FSD, frustrated.
 
Really good work. +1 REP.

Does this make it 100% predictable? Part of me thinks this takes away some of the fun of exploring - racing 100kls to look at a potential ELW and find out its not even terraformable. If it were possible to be accurate all the time I think it would take away some of the fun. I'd prefer a system where it were only reliable maybe 2/3 of the time.
Yes, combination of holo icons and sounds makes it 100% predictable and it even feels like cheating sometimes!!!
In every system i'm visiting i'm scanning only what i find interesting, leaving everything else behind, and i fear that scan completionits will hate me now.
Earth Like Worlds are still tricky though: it's very difficult to distinguish them from High Metals, so they still pose a problem. But we are still looking into this matter too.

Also you should notice that, if an object is rare, it will be rare even if you know how to spot them. I won't miss an ammonia world anymore, but scanned only 3 in my entire career, for example.

That's awesome Dangosh, can i use the pics to attach to my thread and quote-link?

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It I discovered an earthlike last night with the method and there was no loss of enjoyment. I heard the bird chirping and chord music and THEN got excited and made the flight out and took a bunch of pictures and did the usual excitement thing. It's just another detection tool, for me the only thing it prevents is disappointment from thinking its something good, spending 15 minutes to get to it and then charging the FSD, frustrated.
So you confirm bird chirping for ELW? Was it clear? i didn't notice that clear, but since you are the second to report i will update OP later.
 
So you confirm bird chirping for ELW? Was it clear? i didn't notice that clear, but since you are the second to report i will update OP later.
Yup heard it for sure. Clear as crystal. Perhaps ELW's are like high metals in that they have multiple soundtracks? I guarantee I heard the birds.
 
I've been meaning to test if the sounds are different for planet types for ages now, so rep to you sir.
I probably wouldnt of thought to turn on the map makers music on tho.
 
AKIRA,

Should each planet sound the same each time I click on it? As in, I click on an ELW and hear the chirpy bird sound, click on the rocky moon next to it and hear very little, then click on the ELW again and hear a different sound than before that is much more like a High Metal Planet.

thank you for putting this together.
 
AKIRA,

Should each planet sound the same each time I click on it? As in, I click on an ELW and hear the chirpy bird sound, click on the rocky moon next to it and hear very little, then click on the ELW again and hear a different sound than before that is much more like a High Metal Planet.

thank you for putting this together.
I'm sure Akira will back me up on this, but so far everything weve seen indicates there is some variety in the planet sounds per type. I.E. high metal has two to three tracks it plays (which sound similar) and earthlikes appear to have 2-3 tracks that they play as well (which also sound similar). The similarity between earthlikes and high metals has been addressed earlier on in the thread, and its been suggested that for potential earthlikes you'll need to listen a little longer because one of the high metals has a long "intro" track in which you do not hear the metal guitar for about 30-40 seconds, or if its an earthlike and you listen for that time without hearing the metal string chords, it should be an ELP.

Basically, no, not every planet is exactly the same as others of its type since there's multiple tracks but the variety is predictable and learn-able and the different tracks share enough in common to use the descriptions as guidelines.

If youve heard an earthlike that is completely different from what is described in this thread please let us know so we can adjust the known sounds or re-examine the technique.
 
I'm sure Akira will back me up on this, but so far everything weve seen indicates there is some variety in the planet sounds per type. I.E. high metal has two to three tracks it plays (which sound similar) and earthlikes appear to have 2-3 tracks that they play as well (which also sound similar). The similarity between earthlikes and high metals has been addressed earlier on in the thread, and its been suggested that for potential earthlikes you'll need to listen a little longer because one of the high metals has a long "intro" track in which you do not hear the metal guitar for about 30-40 seconds, or if its an earthlike and you listen for that time without hearing the metal string chords, it should be an ELP.

Basically, no, not every planet is exactly the same as others of its type since there's multiple tracks but the variety is predictable and learn-able and the different tracks share enough in common to use the descriptions as guidelines.

If youve heard an earthlike that is completely different from what is described in this thread please let us know so we can adjust the known sounds or re-examine the technique.
Understood, thank you. I should rephrase the question to read, has anyone else experienced a planet sounding different each time they click on the same planet?

I'm still working on training my ear to hear the nuances.
 
Understood, thank you. I should rephrase the question to read, has anyone else experienced a planet sounding different each time they click on the same planet?

I'm still working on training my ear to hear the nuances.
oh sorry I just re-read your post (still waking up over coffee here), if the SAME planet sounded different after listening again, that would be news to me, and might complicate things a bit.

If you're having trouble hearing it you may want to do the following:
set volume to wherever you like
set the music drop down to MUTE the music
then turn on all the individual musics (exploration, combat, supercruise etc.)

For me that made it much easier to hear the planets sounds in system map (even though you would think muting music would eliminate them, it doesnt.)
 
Understood, thank you. I should rephrase the question to read, has anyone else experienced a planet sounding different each time they click on the same planet?

I'm still working on training my ear to hear the nuances.
When you switch from a planet to another, the previous planet sound will persist for a second or two. The trick is to wait at least 2 seconds and let the track play. In this period the previous planet sound will fade away and only the current planet sound will be left. As i wrote in the guide, switching between planets very fast leads only to confusion.

I've done many tries and in my experience the same planet will always sound the same if you give it time to play its track.

Regarding different sounds on same kind of planet type, there can be little difference in high metals. If they have an atmosphere the winds will be a little more prominent.
Since these differences are minimal and the sounds are quite constant, i'm not willing to discuss this in the guide since it can lead to super confusion.

I hope to find a CLEAR and CONSTANT difference between high metals and earth likes, but for now i had no luck. Earth likes do have bird chirping, but high metals amd expecially metal rich ones have a buzzing sound that is not CLEARLY different.
So before suggesting people to supercruise thousands of light seconds to find a bluish high metal maybe not even terraformable, i want to wait to have more sure data.

What is clear for now, is that earth like does not have the low pitch bubbling of water worlds, and some blue planets with not visible land mass from system map, might be earth likes and in this case sound is cruicial.
 
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Nice thread! Last night, I grabbed the noise-cancelling headphones, threw it on Nighttime setting and spent hours listening. I can definitely tell the Earthlike, water, and ammonia worlds.

The galaxy map also has sounds, and I spent several hours listening to those too. I was wandering through a G and F star field, as this is where I've found most of my Earthlikes. If you go to the galaxy map and zoom in on your star, you'll hear what sounds like radio static. Moving the camera around, you can also hover over other nearby stars and they'll produce static too. Some static is high pitched, some low. And on certain stars, you'd hear what can be described as the feedback from a microphone. Again, some were mid-range, while other feedback shrieks were incredibly high pitched. Some were deep shrieks. These aren't faint - you'll hear them after a couple of seconds, but not all stars produce the feedback. A disclaimer - the same star won't always produce the feedback shriek each time. Sometimes, I'd have to pick several other stars, and then choose it again to get the shriek after a few seconds.

So, for those stars with a high feedback pitch, I found either water or ammonia worlds. But, I didn't get a lot of testing in, and I might have just been lucky stumbling into a good planetary instance. There's probably some organization to the star sounds and what is contained within those systems... or at least, I'm hoping that is the case. It'd be great to hover over a bunch of G stars, and pick which ones will produce water or ammonia worlds.
 
oh sorry I just re-read your post (still waking up over coffee here), if the SAME planet sounded different after listening again, that would be news to me, and might complicate things a bit.

If you're having trouble hearing it you may want to do the following:
set volume to wherever you like
set the music drop down to MUTE the music
then turn on all the individual musics (exploration, combat, supercruise etc.)

For me that made it much easier to hear the planets sounds in system map (even though you would think muting music would eliminate them, it doesnt.)
Question - if you mute the music, does that mute the system map music? That's the hardest thing for me - trying to pick out the planet sounds from the music overlay. It'd be great if you could mute that and only hear a sound when you clicked each planet.
 
So, for those stars with a high feedback pitch, I found either water or ammonia worlds. But, I didn't get a lot of testing in, and I might have just been lucky stumbling into a good planetary instance. There's probably some organization to the star sounds and what is contained within those systems... or at least, I'm hoping that is the case. It'd be great to hover over a bunch of G stars, and pick which ones will produce water or ammonia worlds.
I've been wondering if there was any truth to this, Im skeptical though because the star sounds start when you simply highlight them, the system is not generated until you jump in. If the stars make those sounds it meanst he contents of the system are already known, in which case why generate them? If however they ARE un-generated, how would the star noise know what was present?

If you can show a hard correlary that can be used for predictive ability, that would be amazing.

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Question - if you mute the music, does that mute the system map music? That's the hardest thing for me - trying to pick out the planet sounds from the music overlay. It'd be great if you could mute that and only hear a sound when you clicked each planet.
Thats exactly what it does! follow those instructions and it will mute that background music and leave the planets "talking"
 
I've been wondering if there was any truth to this, Im skeptical though because the star sounds start when you simply highlight them, the system is not generated until you jump in. If the stars make those sounds it meanst he contents of the system are already known, in which case why generate them? If however they ARE un-generated, how would the star noise know what was present?

If you can show a hard correlary that can be used for predictive ability, that would be amazing.

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Thats exactly what it does! follow those instructions and it will mute that background music and leave the planets "talking"
Many thanks for the music advice!! I'll work on those galaxy map sounds and see if I can determine any repeatable patterns.
 
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If you can show a hard correlary that can be used for predictive ability, that would be amazing.

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Thats exactly what it does! follow those instructions and it will mute that background music and leave the planets "talking"
yes, system generation should start when you enter it if you are the first. But what if there is a random seed that bears contact more likely to generate an ELW?

even knowing that that sound will just INCREASES the odds of an ELV, would be extremely useful.

ihave all sounds enabled but volume at 0, for planet it's working a like charm, but didn't write it in OP, so I shall when i won't be at mobile, and possibly quote you again murshani. Want to check the nighttime importation, I fear it messes the thing up raising pitch to be tought to low, causing confusion. Like class iii giant mistaken for water life ones. Maybe with normal
settings it's a lower pitch and there is no doubt.

BUT if it makes the ELWchpirping more clear it will something to consider: being that rare, for an uncertain ELWi can
switch a setting.
 
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I listened to the galaxy map for a couple of more hours yesterday. Expanded the listening to F's, G's, and K's. I'm not thinking there's any ELW distinctiveness in galaxy map star sounds. As a test, I grabbed a star system we all know has an Earthlike world - SOL. I pick SOL, zoom in, and the sounds are the same (radio static with microphone feedback shriek). I then pick a couple of neutron star systems. Same sound.

So, I'm thinking that the galaxy map star sounds do not provide a way of "peeking inside" before you arrive. However, kudos to the FD sound team for creating variations (low/med/high static and low/med/high feedback shrieks) on something that could have been handled with a single sound bit!
 
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