Changing Sound Settings
Adjusting the world you hear
Turn down the lights, tune out the real world, and turn on Flight Simulator.
Flying high over the Grand Canyon, it's easy to forget that you're sitting at a
desk staring into a computer monitor. Sure, Flight Simulator looks real, but it
also sounds real. And sound has a subtle yet powerful psychological effect on a
The aircraft in Flight Simulator sound real because the sounds you hear come
from real aircraft. They are meticulously recorded in the field, and then
blended together in the studio. The same process is used to create the other
sounds you hear in Flight Simulator: the whoosh of wind moving past the cockpit,
the rain on the windscreen, the thunder in the distance, the crackle of the
radio. In addition to making Flight Simulator seem more realistic, sounds also
provide valuable cues as you fly.
To hear it all, make sure you have a good pair of speakers connected to your
computer. Better yet, slap on a pair of headphones: You'll block out the
distractions, and notice all the subtleties of the world you fly through.
The Sound Settings dialog box
Adjusting the Volume
You can adjust the volume of different sounds in Flight Simulator. For
example, if you're flying a jet, you might want to turn down the sound of the
engines, and turn up the sound of the environment. The result will be more
realistic for many jet aircraft.
Tip: To turn all Flight Simulator sounds on or off, press Q.
Adjusting Sound Quality
The quality of the sounds you hear in Flight Simulator can affect the
simulator's performance, so if you have a low-end machine, you might want to
decrease the sound quality. The sounds you hear will sound less crisp, but the
simulation may perform more smoothly.