Better Music for GM ScummVM (and DOSBox) games

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Re: Better Music for GM ScummVM (and DOSBox) games

Post by almeath » Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:29 am

Thanks to feedback I've received, I put the current version number next to the download links. I'll also be adding a changelog page. Don't worry though, I'll still make an effort to keep this thread updated as new versions are released.
I was unsubscribed during the forum upgrades and have not been back here in a while. I am just checking that FatBoy 0.784 is the same version first posted here back in June? I have been using that one and it has been working flawlessly for me.

Thanks for providing a website, that will make it a lot easier to keep track of your progress. Keep up the great work.

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Re: Better Music for GM ScummVM (and DOSBox) games

Post by cwadge » Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:21 am

almeath wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:29 am
I was unsubscribed during the forum upgrades and have not been back here in a while. I am just checking that FatBoy 0.784 is the same version first posted here back in June? I have been using that one and it has been working flawlessly for me.

Thanks for providing a website, that will make it a lot easier to keep track of your progress. Keep up the great work.
I got unsubscribed too. But yeah, I believe it's the same version. If you're not sure, feel free to redownload.

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Re: Better Music for GM ScummVM (and DOSBox) games

Post by Avenger » Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:35 am

cwadge wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:53 am
Avenger wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:50 am
Yeah, my settings match yours but when Leisure Suit Larry boots I'm still getting the default music that plays. It sounds nothing like the example you provided in the first post of this thread...
I just loaded it up with exactly the same settings from my last post, using FatBoy 0.784; this is how it sounds for me: https://youtu.be/FvmyJJFl1E8

Something must be wonky in your settings, ScummVM, or perhaps the game itself.
Avenger wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:50 am
What files are required in the ScummVM folder for optional sound fronts?
Nothing, just the normal game assets. All you need to do is have the soundfont on your system someplace, then set the relevant settings in the audio and MIDI tab.
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Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:50 am
I do remember installing a minimum version of ScummVM back when I initially did that only came with the base few files to run games. Perhaps that's got something to do with it since the GOG games that come with it have a ton of unnecessary junk files.
The unecessary files don't matter much if you have the disk space. You might want to redownload ScummVM, reinstall, and double-check your settings. If you still can't get it to sound like my video, please post screenshots of your audio and MIDI tabs.
I finally had the time to dig into this further over the Christmas holidays and found out that your soundfront only works with the newer VGA version of the game. Those like me that prefer the game in a more graphically original state unfortuntely are out of luck.

Either way, I thank you for the vast amount of time you have put into the project and that in which you have spent trying to troubleshoot with me.

I'll keep a copy of it anyways and hopefully put it to use at some point.

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Re: Better Music for GM ScummVM (and DOSBox) games

Post by cwadge » Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:46 am

Avenger wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:35 am
I finally had the time to dig into this further over the Christmas holidays and found out that your soundfront only works with the newer VGA version of the game. Those like me that prefer the game in a more graphically original state unfortuntely are out of luck.

Either way, I thank you for the vast amount of time you have put into the project and that in which you have spent trying to troubleshoot with me.

I'll keep a copy of it anyways and hopefully put it to use at some point.
Yep, unfortunately. The original version predates MIDI in Sierra games; it uses PC speaker sound only. You CAN force ScummVM to use a SoundFont to replace PC speaker beeps, but it's all translated to bank 1, channel 1 which is grand piano by default. This can be neat, kinda reminds me of old silent film, but it can also be a bit weird when there are "sound effects".

I recorded a demo of Space Quest II, which also predates MIDI in Sierra games. But I've recorded it with the original PC speaker (emulated), forced general MIDI (using FatBoy), and IBM PCjr so you can see how it sounds with a few different backends.

https://youtu.be/AaWtNEBONos

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FatBoy BETA Soundfont updated to version 0.785

Post by cwadge » Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:39 am

Very minor update I've been sitting on for a while, as it felt too trivial to release just for that. Better to get it in your hands than let it go to waste. :wink:

https://dl.fatboy.site/FatBoy-latest.7z

Changelog:
• Increased attenuation of GM reverse cymbal.

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Re: Better Music for GM ScummVM (and DOSBox) games

Post by necros » Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:58 am

Can someone explain why latest Winamp with default settings plays MID file superb IMHO than AIMP with SF2 (tried fatboy, uhd3, nice keys ultimate2.3) on my machine? (VIA HDA sndcrd) My test MID was Garbage`s Push it song, check transition at 1:45. On the sidenote uhd3 was best to my ears after Winamp`s default)
NB. Winamp MIDI device was DirectMusic MS Synthesizer and MIDIout MS MIDI mapper - I heard no exact difference between them xept mapper gave more quiet music .

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Re: Better Music for GM ScummVM (and DOSBox) games

Post by cwadge » Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:12 am

necros wrote:
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:58 am
Can someone explain why latest Winamp with default settings plays MID file superb IMHO than AIMP with SF2 (tried fatboy, uhd3, nice keys ultimate2.3) on my machine? (VIA HDA sndcrd) My test MID was Garbage`s Push it song, check transition at 1:45. On the sidenote uhd3 was best to my ears after Winamp`s default)
NB. Winamp MIDI device was DirectMusic MS Synthesizer and MIDIout MS MIDI mapper - I heard no exact difference between them xept mapper gave more quiet music .
First a disclaimer: I don't run Windows and I didn't even know Winamp was still in use, let alone that it could play MIDI. You may simply have better success using different software. This is a popular soft synth for Windows, though I haven't tried it personally. Hopefully that'll give you better results. If not, maybe some Windows users can help you out.

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FatBoy BETA Soundfont updated to version 0.786

Post by cwadge » Sat Mar 23, 2019 6:17 am

I'm not dead! Also, FatBoy 0.786 is available for download: https://fatboy.site
  • Added "Finger Snap" sample on Electronic Drums (key 19, bank 128, preset 24). Many thanks to Keppy for both the report and the sample.

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