Talk:Customized soundtrack

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Primary and Secondary Playlist[edit]

I don't quite understand how to designate a playlists as stated in the main page...(Changed contributor because I wasn't logged in.) Esplen The Master of Bei Shun 11:35, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

Crafting and City Playlists Not Working?[edit]

Do the Crafting and City playlists not work? I don't ever hear them activate. Kcinshin 01:51, 20 February 2013 (UTC)

I'm not sure about Crafting, but the City playlist definitely isn't working for me. To test it, I put one song into the City playlist, and a different one into the Ambient playlist -- both easily identifiable. Standing around in cities, I heard the Ambient song, but never the City song (just to be sure there weren't problems with the files, reversed the positions, and heard the new Ambient song, but not the new City song). It's all rather discouraging, since I have some songs that fit well to the City atmosphere but not really something I want in the Ambient list. Nkuvu 21:36, 12 March 2013 (UTC)
Crafting never worked, and City has ceased working at some point in the last couple of months. It did work at one point but no longer. Just checked again to be sure. Foofad 03:16, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

City works just fine, it's just that different cities use different rules. Lion's Arch almost never uses the City playlist, preferring Ambient. Hoelbrak is about half and half, with City being preferred near the trader area, Ambient being used more along the trails. Divinity's Reach is City almost everywhere. Etc. Depends on the city. Edited the bug annotation at the bottom to point this out. I don't use a crafting playlist so I don't know about that one.ZekeWiki (talk) 21:25, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

I've never been able to get Crafting to work, even when sitting at the same crafting station for over an hour making stuff. So I'd like to put that part of the bug note back. Vili 点 User talk:Vili 00:33, 20 November 2013 (UTC)

Dead link[edit]

The link at the bottom is dead now that the forums are down. Does anyone have a record of what the forum post said? ~ ♥ Kailani! ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ 02:14, 5 July 2012 (UTC)

It's paraphrased in the article. – Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 17:33, 7 July 2012 (UTC)
Oh, okay. Thank you. ^^ ~ ♥ Kailani! ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ 20:05, 7 July 2012 (UTC)


I don't understand. How do you create a playlist? A simple folder that contains music datas? Gnarf 17:49, 7 July 2012 (UTC)

Creating a playlist is something you do with your music player. Once you save a playlist (which, in theory, points to the relevant music files), you can place a copy of the playlist-file in the relevant folder (as discussed in the article); you shouldn't need to copy any music files. – Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 18:16, 7 July 2012 (UTC)
It's a pity that the playlist is always played in the same order, so i wrote a little autoit script which shuffles them for me before the game starts. Is it possible to put the source code somewhere on the page for all who are interested in it (thought of a spoiler box but couldnt found one)? --The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).
That's not exactly true. The MainMenu playlist always plays in the same order, starting at the top. The other playlists, though... they will play the first song on the list, but after that it is randomized, or appears to be anyway, as long as you stay on that playlist. For example once I leave the menu and load into Divinity's Reach, the first song on City plays, then some other one, and so on. If I exit to Queensdale, then the next song in the queue is the first song of Ambient (or NightTime if it's night). But if I then go back into Divinity's Reach, the first City song is queued up again.
This doesn't seem to apply to the Battle playlist, though. While it will always play the first song on the list the first time you access it during a gaming session, after that it seems to be random, picking a new song than the last one. It might be related to the frequency of accessing Battle; when I get into a lot of small skirmishes one after another, I hear many different songs in a random order, punctuated with stuff from Ambient/NightTime/Underwater. If I haven't fought a battle in a long time though (not sure exactly how long), it starts on the first song again. I want to say this behavior also applies to the BossBattle playlist, but that one is unfortunately accessed so rarely that it's hard to test. I wish that were not the case since I have some of my best "awesome fight" music there.
As to putting code here, I don't see why you can't. Just use <code></code> tags to make it a monospace font for easier readability. Vili 点 User talk:Vili 14:31, 8 December 2012 (UTC)

Combining Custom Playlist and Built in Playlist?[edit]

Is it possible to have a custom playlist of songs and still allow the built in GW2 songs to play as well? --The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).
Not at the moment, but maybe someday, as a few folks have requested this feature. James Boer 07:13, 23 August 2012 (UTC)
Buy the soundtrack, rip the files to disc, add to custom playlist. I'm assuming that's what they want you to do, as it would boost sales of their soundtrack. 14:05, 12 March 2013 (UTC)

Crafting playlist not working?[edit]

I've set it up, but it never works. --The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).
I haven't been able to get it to work either. Does anyone know when this playlist activates? Kcinshin 20:36, 19 February 2013 (UTC)

Defeated Playlist[edit]

using procmon, you can see that gw2.exe looks for a Defeated playlist. Does anyone know if it works? --The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).
I tried Defeated and Downed; neither worked. --The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).

what are you all doing to gather music for these files? I have a list of songs I would like to include in it but I couldn't get most of the tracks on Amazon MP3 and the only other resource would be iTunes. --The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).

I use this. Yseron - 23:36, 3 October 2012 (UTC)

BossBattle playlist?[edit]

Does anyone know when/where the BossBattle playlist music plays? Are there specific bosses (like the shadow behemoth perhaps)that trigger this playlist? I've been playing with a custom soundtrack for a while and haven't heard any songs from BossBattle.wpl yet. The other playlists seem to work fine. ~Anonymous --The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).

BossBattle only plays for the really "epic" fights of the game. Shadow Behemoth is one of them, but you can also encounter it a lot during important bosses of the personal storyline. I legit had it playing for an hour or more while attempting to kill Sovereign Eye of Zhaitan. Yay for bugged bosses :\ Vili 点 User talk:Vili 13:56, 18 September 2012 (UTC)

As mentioned by Vili, it's only during epic fights. Meta event bosses, SOME dungeon bosses (not all dungeon bosses use it, maybe half of them?) some personal story bosses. ZekeWiki (talk) 21:27, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

Backup of Deletion/Correction[edit]


To test how this feature works, add media to the login menu playlist called MainMenu. Before doing this however, you'll need to access the properties of a Guild Wars 2 shortcut and add -useoldlauncher to the end of the "target" field. Once done, load the game, and the selected music should play on the login screen.
A) This part only adds confusion due to poor wording
B) I believe that its also out of date and refers to beta. i.e. -useoldlauncher I was able to do this w/o this part

GodrickX 10:10, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

FF8 battle music[edit]

moved to User talk:Ander01


Can someone confirm that this bugs? I've had a song with an apostrophe in it on my City playlist for months now and it plays just fine ("Burtal man's daily life.mp3", from Sengoku Rance). Vili 点 User talk:Vili 13:11, 8 December 2012 (UTC)

Is it a normal apostrophe? Or a wonderful Microsoft "smart quote" apostrophe? I'm betting that it bugs out on smart quotes, and whoever noted that bug doesn't know the difference. —Dr Ishmael User Dr ishmael Diablo the chicken.png 14:42, 8 December 2012 (UTC)
For my files, I doubt it. I actually have a bunch of songs with apostrophes in them (I stripped all punctuation from the filenames because paranoid, but the titles are unchanged), and have never had them fail to play; smart quotes technology only seems to be in effect inside word processors, web services, etc. so it shouldn't do anything while I am just renaming files via Windows Explorer. How would you even get a smart quote into a filename anyway? You'd need to intentionally copy and paste them out of a word document or something, since you can't type them normally... Vili 点 User talk:Vili 15:36, 8 December 2012 (UTC)
No, I understand that your files with standard single-quote characters work just fine. I mean that the user who added the bug may have had a smart quote in his filename. As you say, smart quotes are the default quote characters in MS Word; the person may have typed up the tracklist in Word and copy-pasted them into the filenames. —Dr Ishmael User Dr ishmael Diablo the chicken.png 16:48, 8 December 2012 (UTC)

Yes, apostrophes work fine. Updated note to reflect the above. -- 23:56, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

Question about song order[edit]

The page mentions that the playlist will always play the first track first, and then the rest in random order. Is it possible to go around this by adding a 1-second completely silent audio file as the first track, so that it sounds like the playlist would start at a random track every time? Or is the delay between tracks long enough to cause a long delay before the actual music starts playing after the tiny snippet? --Piippo 19:33, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

That would probably work. If you look under the Sound options in-game, there's a slider bar that determines the length of time between playing a new music track after the previous one ends. I'd just set that as low as possible. Vili 点 User talk:Vili 05:04, 19 December 2012 (UTC)
Alternate approach -- I threw in a song at the beginning of the playlist. Then edited the playlist in a text editor and intentionally broke the filename. So if the first song in the playlist was "song.mp3" I pointed it to "broken_song.mp3". The game can't find the non-existent file, and seems to skip over it. The rest of the songs are played just fine, and in apparently random order. Nkuvu 21:42, 12 March 2013 (UTC)

Japanese (and perhaps other non-English?) Characters[edit]

I've had errors with Japanese characters in filenames or track info causing playlists to bug or fail. I'm not sure if that's an error exclusive to Japanese characters, East Asian characters in general, or even non-ASCII characters as a whole--not sure how to even test that. But at any rate, if your playlist isn't working this may be your problem.

Well, I haven't had any issues so far. The filenames in my Ambient are all English letters, but there's Japanese characters for the band name and Greek characters for the song titles.

choose music for different areas[edit]

So you can make a playlist for e.g. City, but can you choose which OST plays in which city somehow? 13:47, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

No, there's a single playlist "City" that is used in all cities. —Dr Ishmael User Dr ishmael Diablo the chicken.png 14:58, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

Regional biases[edit]

I'm not sure exactly how to describe this, but GW2 seems to "bias" the randomness of playlists based on certain areas, or possibly regions (Ascalon, Kryta, etc). For example, if I park characters in separate explorable locations and then load into them, the first song of Ambient should be what plays. However, I get different "first songs" (and more often than not, a similar string of "random songs" after that) based on where it is. Logging out in Plains of Ashford leads to a very similar string of songs played, whereas if I park someone at one of the jump puzzles in Lion's Arch, the order does seem to be truly random. (I'm not using a City playlist, so it's Ambient in both cases.)

This experience has held true for some other areas of the game as well, but this is the most consistent example that I get. Not going to add it to the article until it's better understood though. Vili 点 User talk:Vili 02:36, 3 May 2014 (UTC)

Randomize everything and create playlists easier[edit]

I wrote two small scripts, one for easier playlist (m3u) creation, the other to randomize the playlists before GW 2 actually starts. I hope they are helpful for you. They can be found here: Randomized Playlist and Playlist creation The uploaded files are not executable unless you compile them with Autoit. Feel free to change the code. --Aquaplant (talk) 00:34, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Be careful using the links above; I tried one and it locked up my computer on what seemed to be a phishing site. Inculpatus cedo (talk) 20:55, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

Mac OS x yosemite... What the DERP.[edit]

O-O please, I can't even start XD

A quick way to "randomize" without the same first song each time[edit]

One way that you can avoid having the same first song play each time a custom playlist initiates is to create a short silent audio clip. Using any music making or editing program, simply create a one second long audio file and export it into a compatible format such as .mp3. Audacity is a free program you can use to edit sound files. Make this your first song so that the first song you actually hear will be random. This solution will not work in areas where the playlist does not randomize.

Windows 8[edit]

Anyone know where to find the location specific to Windows 8? Page only covers Windows XP and Windows 7.

It should be in the same location as for Windows 7, e.g. my folder on W8 would be at C:\Users\Alex\Documents\Guild Wars 2\Music -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 18:30, 14 June 2015 (UTC)

Playlists stopped working?[edit]

I have come back to the game after a 6 or so month break, only to found my playlists not working in the game anymore. I had these playlists since the beta and never had any problems before. I haven't moved my playlists, nor my music at all, and they work just fine when opening them in a media player. I tried making new playlists and followed all the intructions on the Wiki page, but I'm still getting the default game music instead. Any possible solutions?

Confirm that playlists don't seem to work anymore :/ -Ezrielia

Same - 25/05/2019