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Psycher 08-10-2012 01:30 PM

Make EQ's music (MIDI) sound Significantly Better.
 
*Most of the Information I found to complete this was taken from http://www.project1999.org/forums/sh...ad.php?t=8893&

By changing your systems MIDI soundfont, you can recreate the AWE32 Soundblaster sound which is how the music was meant to be heard in EQ! (the MIDI soundfont that windows comes with by default is pretty terrible)

Preview the sounds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWj-...&feature=g-upl
(you may not be super impressed but in comparison its a lot better, im too lazy to upload a comparison video, maybe i will at a later date)

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HOW TO:
1.) Download 1mgm.sf2 to Desktop or any location [download]
2.) install bassmididrv.exe [download]
3.) Run BASSMIDI Driver Configuration
4.) "Add" 1mgm.sf2 to soundfonts and click "Apply"
5.) Go to Advanced tab, under Default MIDI Synth, select BASSMIDI Driver and hit "Apply"
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You can google "MIDI soundfont Banks" to see if you find any you like better

You might notice a little bit of glitchyness in the video with the sound, i think that's only because my fraps was running.

Enjoy!

Rumgrin 08-10-2012 04:04 PM

This is good stuff, thanks! Definitely sounds way better..

Pillow Armadillo 08-10-2012 07:25 PM

Nice work! I was just thinking about wanting to turn on the music again this week.

Thanks Chebby :)

seanidor 08-11-2012 11:09 PM

I've actually been messing around with the soundfonts a bit too. I tried out the SGM-V2.01.sf2 and it sounds pretty bad for some of the EQ music. If you want to know what I mean play the kaladima.xmi and go to the last song, its like the inn music. It kinda sounds like people hitting on trash cans or something, lol.

So far the soundfont that sounds the best to me is the one called 1mgm.sf2. According to the mudlord website it's the AWE32 Rom Dump Soundfont. I haven't tried listening to all of the EQ music to see if it all sounds good though, but hey lets hope for the best right?

norova 08-11-2012 11:30 PM

Giving that 1mgm.sf2 file a try right now. I'll post back in a day or so if I find any weirdness. :)

norova 08-13-2012 09:14 PM

Yep, as far as I can tell, 1mgm.sf2 is exactly a dump of the AWE32. Sounds 100% the same as I remember it on my SB card.

Abraham99 08-13-2012 11:39 PM

I'm using 1mgm.sf2 and its pretty awesome and noticable. I always thought there was something not right about the eq midi's nowadays and this restores them to how they should sound.

It seems like there was a lot of secondary melodies in some songs with instruments that just dont sound right with the default midi set. Everyone should do this IMO, its how the songs are supposed to sound and how they used to sound, so get this right now (it only takes 30 seconds max to set everything up).

Its also great if you play other old games that use midi's.

This thread should be stickied, but please include a link to 1mgm.sf2 in the original post

norova 08-14-2012 12:37 AM

I threw the soundfont file and bassmidi driver installer on my P99 files site in my sig.

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Psycher 09-01-2012 04:47 PM

updated

sykotic 09-07-2012 02:12 PM

Thank you, I always knew something was off I guess this was it


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