[Audio][Romans] Distorted voice lines with audio popping for male villagers and certain army units

:arrow_forward: GAME INFORMATION

  • GAME BUILD #: VERSION 101.102.22327.0 (#87863) 11543327
  • OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 11

:arrow_forward: ISSUE EXPERIENCED

While playing as the Romans in AOE 2 DE mode certain voice lines for the male villager and all male voiced army units will always be played with a distortion, specifically an audio pop near the beginning of the voice line.

The affected voice lines are as follows:

Male villager: “Pro ntus”,“Impera”, “Confestimfaciam”;
Male soldiers: “Eo”, “Pario”;

Female villagers, monks and cavalry are not affected by this issue, having clear and consistent playback of their voice lines without distortion.

:arrow_forward: FREQUENCY OF ISSUE

  • 100% of the time / matches I play (ALWAYS)

:arrow_forward: REPRODUCTION STEPS

Here’s the steps to reproduce the issue:

  1. Make sure to have the volume levels in Options at a high level in order to hear the affected voice lines clearly, while using headphones to hear the game.
  2. Start any type of match with the Romans civilization selected.
  3. Select a male villager or issue him an order multiple times to cycle through voice lines.
  4. Notice that a certain unwanted noise is played alongside the “Pro ntus”, “Impera” and “Confestimfaciam” voice lines.
  5. Select or issue movement orders repeatedly to a male voiced army unit, like for example a militia line unit (attacking orders don’t seem to trigger distorted voice lines).
  6. Notice that an unwanted noise, an audio pop is played at the beginning of “Eo” and “Pario” voice lines.

:arrow_forward: EXPECTED RESULT

The voice lines would play without a distortion, as it happens with the other civilizations and even the other Roman units not mentioned in this issue report.

:arrow_forward: IMAGE

AOE 2 DE - Romans distorted voice lines with audio popping - YouTube | In-game demonstration of the issue.

AOE 2 DE - Romans voice bug - Audacity analysis - YouTube | A closer look at the audio from the game in Audacity.

:arrow_forward: GAME FILES (SAVE / RECORDING)

I really didn’t think one is needed as this is a 100% reproducible audio bug but I will provide one if asked.

Thank you for this detailed report @arambai5350 , we’re now tracking this issue :slight_smile:

Bumping this because the bad audio quality on these voice lines is consistent and driving me crazy!


I saw the patch notes–three cheers!

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