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  1. In Topic: Bugs & Problems

    08 May 2019 - 10:44 AM


    The Plasma Pack CD was released as an early 1.11 version of the game, and not the 1.10 version like we thought. The 1.11 version included on the CD is not the final revision of 1.11. You can tell if you have the early version of 1.11 by looking at the date when you start the game. If the date says, August 19th, 1997, then you have the old version of 1.11. Download this pCD11.exe patch to bring Blood Plasma to the most recent version available. If the date says September 23rd, 1997, then you have the correct 1.11 version of Blood.

    1.11 is the latest version of Plasma pack. However, apparently there are 2 versions available. The CD shipped also with 1.11, but an "early version" of it, while the patch installs a later version of 1.11. Maybe you also have this earlier version?

    Found on this website: http://dukertcm.com/...m/blood-patchs/

    Try to download and install this patch: http://dukertcm.com/...atchs/pcd11.exe
  2. In Topic: Roland ED SC-D70 Music Packs

    19 April 2019 - 08:22 AM

    Well, it's been a while ...

    Anyhow, here' some new stuff!

    Some older news:

    • Hexen has been added.
    • All music packs have been updated. The noise floor has been reduced, which also makes the FLAC files about 2 to 8 percent better compressable.
    • Doom 2 Track 'Waiting for Romero to play' has been updated, as there was a crackling noise in the previous version right at the beginning.
    • Duke Nukem 3D Track 'Plasma' has a slightly lower volume, as higher volume caused crackling at some points during playback.

    • Added Compatible Source Ports below the download links.

    Recently added:

    • Final Doom - TNT: Evilution has been added.
    • Final Doom - The Plutonia Experiment has been added.
    • The unofficial Plutonia MIDI Pack has been added.
    • Fixed a song title typo in the Doom music packs.

    I am also working on Descent, but it's only about half-way done. It was a bit trickier than I had anticipated.

    Anyway, enjoy!
  3. In Topic: Roland ED SC-D70 Music Packs

    22 December 2018 - 09:59 AM

    Heretic has been added, you can grab it here: Heretic Music Packs

    • Heretic does not contain any loop tags as the original music wasn't intended to loop, so just like the MIDIs it will fade out nicely and then start from the beginning.
    • Some music have duplicate notes which would be audible on the SC-D70, while the SC-55 ignores them. Since the duplicate notes don't sound nice IMO, I removed them.
    • Other changes I made were some volume fixes to some tracks, as the music wasn't made with reverberation in mind it would sometimes cause some weird "after-effects". I have fixed that.
    • I have made some crescendo's more smooth as most of Heretic volume changes are very coarse. I only changed it where this coarseness was necessary (e.g. MUS_E2M3)

    Duke: Nuclear Winter, one of the Duke Nukem 3D Addons has been added... as it is christmas I think this was a needed addition at this time! You can grab it here: Duke: Nuclear Winter Music Packs
    Have a nice Christmas everyone!

    I hope you enjoy :)
  4. In Topic: Roland SC-55 Music Packs

    10 December 2018 - 10:07 AM

    View PostMusicallyInspired, on 10 December 2018 - 06:24 AM, said:

    Yeah, there's quite a lot of tracks missing from redbook CD releases. Just not enough room on the disc lol! Of course I'll prioritize OPL since that's what it was composed for. That seems so strange and unique in the industry to do that, but both soundtracks really do sound great on a Sound Blaster. I haven't listened to Hexen's SC-55 score in ages but I don't recall anything terrible about it. But I also never delved to deeply at the time. I'm sure I'll discover all the little tweaks Kevin mentioned that I certainly found (and didn't expect to find) in Heretic. Hexen for the Saturn had a much better recording of the soundtrack than the PC version CD-ROM I have does. It's certainly from a newer synth module and not the SC-88 or whatever was used for the PC version. Always loved listening to it out of game. I will definitely be listening closely to all OPL versions and prioritizing them as well. It'll be nice to have a full quality digital music pack of the ENTIRE soundtrack, not limited to the handful of redbook tracks currently available.

    I wasn't aware that the Hexen CD for PC and the Sega Saturn had different Redbook audio. I only know the PC version and just listened to the Saturn version on Youtube and I must agree that it sounds a lot better. I wonder what they used for the PC Redbook audio. It does indeed sound a lot like an SC-55mkII, however, the "choirs" are even lower quality.
    Beside that optimizing Hexen after the OPL counterpart might not be necessary as it sounds quite alright using them as-is, however some fixes wouldn't hurt (e.g. Swamp.mid, sometimes the chorus volume goes back up too early after fading out and due to reverb it's audible).

    View PostMusicallyInspired, on 10 December 2018 - 06:24 AM, said:

    I may try to get away with just posting unboosted tracks for Heretic and seeing what the response will be like.

    The music of Heretic is really loud to begin with, it might not even need boosting at all.


    Then there's the loop points. Some of them aren't seamless at all and wait for the track to finish before even bothering to loop.

    Do you think it was intentional for them not to loop or "did he just not bother" whether they looped or not? Cause even if it was meant for OPL, he surely could have made them loop if he wanted to? Because the Hexen music also doesn't loop and just fades out to start anew.
  5. In Topic: Roland SC-55 Music Packs

    10 December 2018 - 05:58 AM

    View PostMusicallyInspired, on 09 December 2018 - 08:14 AM, said:

    Hexen had a couple releases with redbook CD audio tracks (PC and Saturn to name a couple I know of), so I can steer the quality more towards how those recordings sounded, but Heretic AFAIK has no official digital recordings of any kind so I feel I can have a bit more creative liberty there. Heretic will still take a little longer to complete in light of all this, but I believe it'll be a stronger music pack for it.

    Don't use the Hexen Redbook Audio as a reference but also OPL. The CD version uses the MIDI versions pretty much and not all songs are featured. There's also a difference for "Bones" where the strings in the CD audio are played a note lower for some reason. This does not happen in the OPL version.

    For my future versions of the SC-D70 pack I was also thinking of releasing alternative packs that make use of the variations to "improve" music packs, however I planned on featuring an "authentic version" and an "altered" version. I didn't plan on altering the songs themself though as you do now, however, given the information that the songs were based on OPL in the first place, it's sounds actually logical to do that as well then.


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