Huh. I could swear i checked the SMWCI site several times and didn't see it. And...whatever page it would be for me, it wouldn't be page 5. For me, the thread has only 4 pages right now.
As for the sample bank itself, hm. I take it @7, @12, @13, @14, @15, @16, and @17, or samples 09, 0C, 0D, 10, 11, and 12, are the ones that have been replaced?
For reference, here is what the new samples are (or seem to be):
@7 - piano (rather pizzicato)
@12 - choir
@13 - Not really sure. Some rough, low instrument.
@14 - trumpet
@15 - Strong strings of some kind. (Orchestra? Sounds best at o5 and pretty crappy any lower than o4, in my opinion.)
@16 - Exactly the same as @13.
@17 - Mega Man X guitar.
I put together a little sound-test .txt for testing both sample banks and original SMW instruments. And yes, okay, some of my descriptions leave a bit to be desired, and the only one I actually recognized was the distortion guitar. But it should at least give you an idea.
Oh, and just out of curiosity, why weren't any of the percussion samples replaced? I mean, I'm not a die-hard porter, certainly, but I can use most of SMW's instruments well enough for most songs...however, I have to agree with the majority that the percussion isn't all that great. You can disguise a lot of the other instruments with enough N-SPC, but you can't do that with the percussion.
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