For the past several months I’ve been working on an audio mod for Valve’s original hit, Portal. In between class and work I spent time recording and designing as many of the games sounds as I could. I’m happy to say it’s finally finished and I’m proud of it! Continue reading
Another big step of my Project Portal mod is complete. Yesterday, I finished replacing all of the delightfully depressing dialogue of the Aperture Science standard-issue floor turret.
I hadn’t planned on replacing any dialogue when I started this mod. I was really only interested in designing SFX. I don’t know what it was, but one day it just clicked. “Stosh, you must turn your girlfriend into a Portal turret”, a voice said in my head. So I set out to do exactly that. Continue reading
Who wants to see a test run for some Project Portal sounds? You do? We’ll I’m glad I asked! In this update I bring you an in-game sample of what I call the “portal shoot sequence”. There are three core SFX triggered each time a player shoots a portal: shoot, portal open, and portal close. These have a multiple versions that are randomly triggered. Most of the other sounds were unchanged for this test.
A few lessons this project has taught me so far…
Being back in my hometown of Galesburg has been great. Aside from seeing family and friends I’ve been able to get a lot of audio work done over this break. My work load toward the end of last semester brought my side projects to a halt, including Project Portal. With my free time back home, I’ve brought the project back to life.
I’m happy to say that I’ve made considerable progress on the mod. Galesburg has given me a lot of source material that I’ve already put to use in designing sound effects. I’ve made the choice to use 100% original sounds in the game. Continue reading
This saturday I did some sound collecting for my Portal audio mod. I recorded just about everything in my apartment that makes noise, but I seemed to gravitate toward anything electric. Things like videogame consoles, lights, speakers, hard drives, space heaters… Anything that hummed or buzzed was music to my ears. This certainly won’t be my only day of sound collecting, but it’s a good start. I can’t wait to play around with these to see what I can create!
Here’s one of my favorite sounds I captured. Continue reading
I’ve got a project in mind… the type of project I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I’ve set a goal to create my own audio mod for Portal. After a lot of research and tinkering around with game files, I think I just might be able to make this happen.
Why Portal? Have you played Portal?!… Continue reading