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SÖMNIG Vampire Music Box

by NixNivis Posted 30th Sep 2012 at 3:34 AM - Updated 1st Oct 2012 at 6:41 PM by NixNivis
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.

You know, not all vampires are tux-and-cape clad Dracula wannabes who sleep in coffins covered with bling and like to skulk around the neighbourhood, hoping to find some fair maiden stupid naïve enough to invite them in. No, some of them are just regular, Average Joe type vampires; all they want to do is work their night job, go home to the vife and the little bloodsucklings (possibly after sharing an after-work bottle of Tru Blood with the guys), and then take a trip to IKEA to shop for some nice, modern, bling-less vampire beds - and maybe pick up a music box or two. Such as:

The SÖMNIG Vampire Music Box

This music box is a companion piece to the SÖMNIG Vampire Sleep Set by the Coffin Crew. If you think it looks suspiciously like a miniature version of the vampire bed from this set, then you... are absolutely correct. Thus, this music box is a perfect match to the rest of the SÖMNIG set - even more so since it's slaved to the vampire bed and will use any and all recolours you have for it, which in turn match the furniture from the IKEA stuff pack.

But the SÖMNIG Vampire Music Box isn't just a miniature vampire bed. Oh no, it's much, much more than that: It's animated and has custom sound!

Music Box in Action

The music is an excerpt from "Night on the Bare Mountain" by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky - a well-known favourite of vamps and witches alike. While the music is playing, Sims aged child and up can listen to it* and get a boost in fun, comfort and energy. If you have Free Time installed, the listening Sims will also gain music enthusiasm.

A small caveat, though. Actually, it's a big caveat. This is a vampire music box, and as we all know, vampires don't do daylight very well. Therefore I strongly suggest you only let your Sims play with this music box after dark, lest bad things might happen. Such as spontaneous mini vampire combustion, that kind of thing. Your Sims really won't like it if that happens.

Hair by Dustfinger, cardigan by slkn, skin by me; everything else by Maxis

Nightlife AND the vampire bed from the SÖMNIG Vampire Sleep Set are REQUIRED for this object to work in game!

Also, apparently the earliest EPs don't understand custom sounds (this seems to be a problem for any object with custom sound, not just this one), so to be able to hear the music properly, you need to have OFB or above installed in addition to NL.

(Note that you can still use the music box even if you don't have any EPs higher than NL; the animation and the effects will still play and your Sim can still listen to the music - it's just that you the player won't hear anything.)

The SÖMNIG Vampire Music Box costs $75 and can be found in Decorative > Misc.

Polygon Counts:
916 polys, 1333 vertices

Additional Credits:
- First and foremost, the Coffin Crew: Fanseelamb, Honeywell, Mustluvcatz, Leesester, Michelle111 and BoilingOil. This object wouldn't exist if it weren't for this band of crazy merry modders and their vampire sleep set. You rock, everybody!

- Echo - the queen of writing great, easy-to-follow tutorials on things I never could have dreamed of accomplishing otherwise. Making custom BHAVs, animating objects, tying my shoes... I wouldn't know how to do any of these things if it weren't for Echo. (All right, so I was exaggerating about the shoes - but not about the rest.) Thank you for so generously and patiently sharing your knowledge with the community!

- Hexameter and Carrigon for their tutorials on adding custom sounds, without which this music box would just be a box

- and finally Atavera for his tutorial on adding effects (even though my spontaneously combusting mini vamp probably isn't too happy about it )

This object was made from the original vampire bed mesh by Fanseelamb/Honeywell/Leesester, using Milkshape, UV Mapper Pro, SimPE and Photoshop 7.

Happy Vampiric Simming!

*Note: When Sims listen to the music they do various idle animations, so if you use this mod, they will simply be nodding their heads until the music stops. Just so you don't think your Sims have gone nuts if that happens.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2 Nightlife
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date | The vampire bed from the SOMNIG Vampire Sleep Set is REQUIRED for this object to work in-game!

Size: 1.09 MB · Downloads: 8,737 · 30th Sep 2012
1.09 MB 8,737 30th Sep 2012
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Test Subject
#101 Old 24th Mar 2013 at 6:44 PM
super cute I love it ^^
Gone Fishin'
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Original Poster
#102 Old 25th Mar 2013 at 5:28 PM
Again, thank you very much, everybody! I'm so glad you like it (and that I'm not the only one who thinks spontaneously combusting mini-vamps are funny )!
Test Subject
#103 Old 7th Apr 2013 at 10:14 PM
This is so creative and funny! I love it. Thank you!
Test Subject
#104 Old 21st Apr 2013 at 2:11 PM
Oh my Gog, this is ADORABLE!
Test Subject
#105 Old 3rd Jun 2013 at 5:15 PM
Love this!
Test Subject
#106 Old 23rd Jul 2013 at 11:51 PM
Scary and creative. I liked it! :D
Test Subject
#107 Old 29th Jul 2013 at 11:57 AM
Very unusual, but very cute! I'll definitely be downloading this soon for my vampire sims c;
Test Subject
#108 Old 29th Jul 2013 at 5:16 PM
Oh God, it made me laugh ^^
Thank you, the coffin is great
Test Subject
#109 Old 17th Aug 2013 at 9:26 AM
It's so so cute. :3
Not during the day as well. xD
Test Subject
#110 Old 20th Aug 2013 at 8:42 PM
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#111 Old 19th Dec 2013 at 12:48 AM
Hahahaha! <3 This is so freakin adorable and amazingly creative! XD thank you! I love it!
Test Subject
#112 Old 30th Jan 2014 at 3:00 AM
very creative!
Blenderized to Pieces
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#113 Old 8th Jun 2014 at 9:27 PM
:) Wednesday will love this. ;)
Test Subject
#114 Old 7th Jul 2014 at 2:21 AM
This is so adorable and funny at the same time! Great job!
Field Researcher
#115 Old 20th Jul 2014 at 9:04 PM
I absolutely loved this the second I saw it and couldn't wait to download it. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm fell when I read further down and watched the video. I figured this was like a tiny stereo, so I wanted to add my music box melody mp3's into my Sims 2 folder to make it more realistic. Then the description said it came with music and I thought "Oh. Well, good! Then the mp3's won't take up additional space in my game." but eh... I sort of expected the music from the music box to be... music box MUSIC.

I'll still download it because it looks so unrealistically adorable, but it would have been absolutely perfect to me if it had played a music box melody instead, whether creepy or joyful.
Test Subject
#116 Old 6th Sep 2014 at 7:47 PM
It's so cute! Thanks for making this
Test Subject
#117 Old 12th Apr 2015 at 12:58 AM
Lab Assistant
#118 Old 1st Aug 2015 at 6:07 PM
this is really fun! And fully animated AND with sound, you sir/ma'am, are a master modder *bows*
#119 Old 27th Nov 2015 at 4:24 AM
I am utterly gobsmacked. Wholeheartedly, utterly, smacked right in the gob. This is one of the most creative, ingenious game items I have ever seen. I've been grinning like an idiot for a solid six minutes since I clicked on this thread.
Test Subject
#120 Old 18th Oct 2016 at 11:30 PM
This is so cute! Thank you!
Mad Poster
#121 Old 22nd Sep 2017 at 6:29 AM
This is so cute ... thank you!
Test Subject
#122 Old 20th Mar 2019 at 12:27 AM
My most favorite sims items I've found so far! Will you ever convert for Sims 4 or know of someone who has?
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