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Please test my MMX MSU1 Genesis hack

Post by Anapan on Fri 6 Oct 2017 - 2:51

I've now spread this over 3 forums - guess this is more niche than I at first thought...
Can someone test this on hardware, and let me know any problems or trouble you had with the instructions?
I've made it so that the remixed soundtrack Savaged Regime created to play on the Sega Genesis plays on the actual SNES game.
https://youtu.be/9CzkswHHxQI
http://anapan.525lines.moe/MMX_GEN_MSU1.ZIP

My first test conversion didn't take into account that I had some EQ and DSP enabled on Winamp and I used some compression to readjust the volume.  This link provides an alternate, already compiled PSM set that only needs the rom hacked using DarkShock's IPS for whichever target you use.
http://anapan.525lines.moe/Mega%20Man%20X%20Genesis%20(DSP_EQ).zip


Here's some other forum's description:
Romhacking:

I'd like a bit of feedback before I submit this mod to the main site archive.  I've not yet had anyone test it.
I'd like someone to try the process and verify that it works, is understandable and is reproducible.  

http://anapan.525lines.moe/MMX_GEN_MSU1.ZIP

Savaged Regime remade/remixed the entire soundtrack to Mega Man X using the Sega Genesis FM and PSG chips and released them as VGM format.
https://youtu.be/9CzkswHHxQI
As soon as I heard it, I immediately wanted to play the game with that FM synth soundtrack instead of the roland low bitrate sampled one.
15 minutes of google searching made the process to convert the soundtrack easy.  I really just wanted to release the VGM-PCM raw audio, but after almost a  week of waiting for a response from the composer, I built a script bat file to fully convert the soundtrack from scratch on your own PC.

Here's my first compiled version of the PCM files with some heavy EQ and DSP added - I'd forgotten the EQ and DSP I had on Winamp when transcoding, and subsequently I had to apply compression to the wav files make it loud enough.  I think it sounds better on a small speaker system than the raw version, tho clearly adulterated...

http://anapan.525lines.moe/Mega%20Man%20X%20Genesis%20(DSP_EQ).zip
3 days ago Savaged Regime responded to my request and gave me full permission to do whatever I want with his soundtrack rendition as MSU1 SNES stuff is not in his interest.  

I'm sure I was too brief in the instructions somewhere...


Does this patch work for you?
Should I just submit it as is?
Can I just make the pre-compiled PCM files available while making the long-route instructions optional and save everyone the long boring inconvenience of manually converting all the files?
Is there a better place to upload the .PCM files than my friend's webspace (there may be a data transfer cap)?

edit: The last 3 songs (credits etc) are in the wrong order.  Fixing soon.  Respond plz tho, it's just a file naming error..

I still haven't fixed the last 3 songs.  Let me know the correct order if you know it.  I actually had only beaten this game twice many years ago...  Having just had carpal tunnel surgery I couldn't extensively test this.

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Re: Please test my MMX MSU1 Genesis hack

Post by BillyJo on Tue 10 Oct 2017 - 18:52

downloading and testing tonight on SD2SNES

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Re: Please test my MMX MSU1 Genesis hack

Post by DarkShock on Wed 11 Oct 2017 - 10:34

Gonna try it tonight!

Your nickname sounds familiar, did you have a OMF2097 fan site in the late 90s/early 2000 by any chance ?
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Post by DarkShock on Thu 12 Oct 2017 - 10:22

So I tested it last night on my SD2SNES. It does work on hardware but there's one major issue, the volume is too loud.


Please don't use the emulator patch anymore, it is a deprecated method when higan didn't have proper volume for the MSU-1 audio. Nowadays the SD2SNES (rev. H) volume and latest higan volume are on par.
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Re: Please test my MMX MSU1 Genesis hack

Post by Anapan on Sat 14 Oct 2017 - 1:45

Thank you DarkShock;
Yes, I had an OMF2097 fansite and used to create OMF2097
tournaments with Antti/Anakonda.  I miss when fansites like that were common.

I'm afraid upgrading my SD2SNES is out of my skill level, and I've managed to make all of the MSU1 hacks I care to use work perfectly on my hardware with it's current capabilities.

I'll change the instructions so the old SD2SNES IPS is noted at the end instead of being the default.

Would you try using the emulator/higan IPS file on your newer SD2SNES hardware and let me know the result?

Is it necessary to lower the PCM volume even when using the Higan IPS?

edit: Someone on Romhacking has also responded; My posts are moderated, but the user there has provided full instruction to make my mod work. I'm going to attempt a full revision of the script asap.
http://www.romhacking.net/forum/index.php?topic=24980.0


Last edited by Anapan on Sat 14 Oct 2017 - 2:16; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : new developments on another forum)

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Re: Please test my MMX MSU1 Genesis hack

Post by DarkShock on Sat 14 Oct 2017 - 11:48

No freaking way! What are the odds that we met again here after all those years. I was that young kid back in 1999 that took over that website back when I was learning HTML and how websites works.

Anyway back to business, yes the idea is you reduce the volume of the music. Use the non-emulator patch in higan and tweak the volume from there. Make sure that you use the most recent of higan to get proper volume mixing. We usually start at -15 dB for normalizing and tweak from there depending of the music.
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Post by vacantplanets on Sat 14 Oct 2017 - 16:13

Hey if you're not sure where the songs play in the game, you can just use this video of the entire game as a reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd2NqblSmIY

Thank you so much for doing this. I can't wait to play it!

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Post by smokemonster on Sat 14 Oct 2017 - 18:13

Looking forward to this. Great work, Anapan Very Happy
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