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holbred
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 4:46 pm View user's profile Reply with quote Send private message

I developed a soundfont which gives many users of Creative sound cards better music quality in Descent 1 and 2. Now I finished version 1.4 of this soundfont. I managed to reduce the file size dramatically by removing of all unused instruments and audio samples. This has no influence on sound quality. On the contrary: I improved it to a level that is better than ever before. Smile

The RAR file has now a size of only 16 MB. Unpacked, the soundfont is 25 MB large. This should be good news especially for all SB Live! owners who weren't able to load my soundfont, because of its big size. Smile

You can get a precise instruction on my soundfont page:

http://home.arcor.de/hbredel/Soundfonts/Soundfonts-English/soundfonts-english.html
Sedwick
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 10:14 pm View user's profile Reply with quote Send private message

I downloaded, expanded, and loaded your soundfont on my SB Live! Value, and it seemed to work well--the config utility lets me increase the cache beyond 200MB, so the file wasn't too big. I played the D1 opening/menu MIDI, and in some ways, it sounds more like it did on my AWE32, but in other ways less. I suppose I'll be able to say more about how it improves the game music when I actually get DXX Rebirth up and running, but I must say thanks and great work!

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holbred
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:08 am View user's profile Reply with quote Send private message

Version 1.4a has been finished and is ready for download. Smile This is merely a bugfix release, since I discovered that two instruments (Saw Wave and Synth Bass 2) did not sound as they were supposed to do. Because of the fact that they are very important for the music of Descent 1, I strongly recommend to download the new version. These two instruments appear, for example, in the following Midis: briefing.mid, descent.mid, game02.mid, game04.mid, game12.mid, game15.mid, game19.mid, game21.mid.
holbred
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 5:13 am View user's profile Reply with quote Send private message

Version 1.6 is finished. It can be downloaded from the following website:

http://holbred.koolbear.com/8mbgm_enhanced16.rar

If you like to hear sound samples, here are some mp3s of Descent und Descent 2:

Descent:

title music: http://www.filesend.net/download.php?f=01c6f16570ef8dfded3866cc2caeea5f
level 1: http://www.filesend.net/download.php?f=6594217a92a0b23279d11fa327aefa2a
level 2: http://www.filesend.net/download.php?f=eea2bdd8521902d28eece34455275eaa
level 12: http://www.filesend.net/download.php?f=ccd47a4f19476263283e5ce90c33fe53

Descent 2:

title music: http://www.filesend.net/download.php?f=6cfb401c7f8cc11b0a38d3d1785d197a
level 1: http://www.filesend.net/download.php?f=5e4a7386cbde0c996bd2379cbfb46724
level 2: http://www.filesend.net/download.php?f=9b4a8ab17dfe63140df7b7318e305b42
level 4: http://www.filesend.net/download.php?f=c1dbc27b251e009b64cd8dccf58f8ce1

You find a comparison between my soundfont and the standard soundfont of Creative on my website:

http://www.bredel.homepage.t-online.de/Soundfonts/Soundfonts-English/soundfonts-english.html

Perhaps the one or another may be willing to exchange his cheap sound card against a better one. Wink
holbred
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 1:23 pm View user's profile Reply with quote Send private message

Version 1.7 has just been finished and is ready for download:

http://holbred.koolbear.com/8mbgm_enhanced17.rar

Nothing dramatically has changed. I tried to add more deepness in it. You can probably hear the most difference in level 12 and level 21.

Here are three samples:

title music: http://www.filesend.net/download.php?f=c05c936ae007ccab7e80fb466759ad13
level 12: http://www.filesend.net/download.php?f=20d00ed757ce358bbf6d9aa18be49f95
level 21: http://www.filesend.net/download.php?f=6ac255a22d324f87c9b6e8bce47201a7

Version 1.7 of my soundfont is the final release. So, if you haven't tried it yet, because you expected better things to come Smile , don't wait any longer!
holbred
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 12:13 pm View user's profile Reply with quote Send private message

I released a new version of my soundfont a few days ago. In version 1.8, I fixed only a small bug. The "Sweep Pad" was a bit too loud. You can hear the differences most likely in the music of level 3 (game03.mid or game03.hmp).

Here's the download link:

http://holbred.koolbear.com/8mbgm_enhanced18.rar

Let's come to the second news: I recorded the whole music of Descent 1 and Descent 2 with Winamp as WAV files and converted it into the OGG format. The results are excellent! All files were recorded of the original hmp files of Descent 1 and 2 in 48 khz using the hardware synthesizer of my Audigy 2. Then I used oggdropXP to convert the WAV files into OGG. The OGGs are of high quality. Each of them has a bitrate of 192 kbps.
holbred
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 2:03 pm View user's profile Reply with quote Send private message

Since some users reported that DXX-Rebirth has some troubles with 48 khz OGGS, I recorded the whole music of Descent 1 and Descent 2 again with a sample rate of 44.1 khz. This time, I made OGGs and MP3s. Smile Again, all files are of high quality. Each of them has a bitrate of approximately 192 kbps.

Here are the download links for the MP3 and OGG files:

D1-MP3s.zip - 105 MB
D1-OGGs.zip - 115 MB
D2-MP3s.zip - 31 MB
D2-OGGs.zip - 30,5 MB
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