Welcome back to SMWC. If you are wondering why this is up, be sure to check the last post of the old request thread.
The boring rules which you must read or else I will torch your eyes out and then feed them to my pet gopher. (or at least the third section)
HELPFUL TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT SONG</b>
1. Check the file size. If you can help it, don't take any songs over 5 KB. The less KB total you have, the more songs you can insert.
2. When inserting, look for octave errors. You can tell there are errors because nothing after that song number will insert. If you find any, report them to S.N.N. immediately.
3. A play time is underlined in the description. If you're looking for a good overworld theme, check for songs that are under 30 seconds long. A shorter level theme or a bonus room could be between 30-45 seconds, while a normal level theme should be 45+ seconds.
4. What's that? Found a song called "Big Happy Grass Land Song" but it completely suits an ice world? Then use it in an ice world! Since Game X's instruments aren't supported in SMW, they will sound different. Mix and match!
5. SPC players always sound a tiny bit different then the song does in SMW itself. For example, ZD-SPC seems to play the songs a bit higher pitched, while Audio Overload seems to play a tad quieter.
HELPFUL TIPS FOR PORTING/CREATING SONGS (do not ask me how to port or create, this is for those who are learning or know how)
1. If the MIDI loops a few times, try searching for the loop points in the text. I can't really give any perfect advice on this, but if you see big chunks of notes repeating in each channel, delete all of the big chunks except one. Watch for a bunch of r1's in the middle of a channel too - these usually symbolize a loop point.
2. Loop your notes! If you see a whole bunch of the same pattern of notes (e.g. c4c4c4c4) count the notes and put brackets around them. This is the best way to reduce file size.
3. Make use of the l## command. Whichever kind of note appears the most in your song should be used in the l command (eg. if you song has a lot of 16th notes, then make it read l16). Put it right under your song title/name. This is the next best way to reduce file size.
4. Making a cave theme? Use the echo commands, like $EF and $F0. You can also experiment with the pan slider and pan commands to make an extra eerie cave.
5. NEVER put the main melody of the song in channel 4, 5, 6, or 7. These are used by SMW's instruments. Your melody WILL cut off when playing, and it WILL make the song sound like shit. Make sure 4 5 6 and 7 are percussion channels.
6. USE THE L (lower cse) COMMAND! It will end up being your best friend on songs that need file size reduction.
HERE ARE THE RULES AND INFORMATION OF THIS NEW THREAD
1. This is purely a request thread now, and not a list thread.
2. The same request list applies, and new requests will be accepted. One at a time, as usual, and soon enough, someone will take your request on.
3. When you finish a song, feel free to post the TXT and SPC here for everyone to see and sample before you upload it.
4. ADDMUSIC QUESTIONS DO NOT GO HERE. They go in the Music Hacking/Help thread.
5. When giving us songs to use, make sure that they do NOT contain errors. You can tell if they have errors as you will get many rows of ?????s and numbers, and no songs after said song will insert.
6. To listen to SPCS: Follow this link and click the Download link at the bottom. Load your SPCs into it.
7. If you change your username and I can't find you, I'll remove your request from the list. Please inform me you have changed your name so I can read it.
8. REPEATEDLY ASKING IF YOUR REQUEST IS DONE WILL VOID YOUR REQUEST AND POSSIBLE RESULT IN A TEMP BAN IF I AM IN A BAD MOOD. Do try to realize that unless someone else decides to, I am, for the most part, doing all of these requests by myself. I do have a life. I do have a job. I am in university. Please be patient with me and be lucky you're getting anything at all. (note: asking now and then nicely will yield a nice answer. If you have been waiting months, then PM me)
9. Post a MIDI of the song you are requesting.
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I'm still here, Pellagic II from Perfect dark was my origonal request and I'm sticking with it oh could you use a soft instrument for the main tune
I want it to be a bit peaceful if it isn't too much to ask
This may sound a little weird, but I need the bg music from "My Love"- Justin Timberlake. If my thoughts are correct, it should make an awesome bg music for a castle. ;) This one can replace my other request you couldn't complete S.N.N. ;)
Sadly, I think that's the only one that really does the song justice of the ones there... too bad its so big. It could be made a bit smaller if you cut out an unnecessary instrument (the repeated ticking in the background... not sure what instrument that is but it could be removed without interfering with the song) and made it loop more though. If this is too complicated, just say so and I'll scrap the idea, but I think this song would fit into a niche (desert themes) that the current songlist here on smw central is sorely lacking.
Thanks again for all the songs, I think I'm using at least 4 of yours in my current songlist.
*edit* tyvm kyoseron, no hurry though, my hack's still about 50 or so levels away from its final release
Progress report 3/15/08 - Yeah, I tried Halfmoon with two different MIDIs and an SPC, but ran into problems with size in two (also had too many loops in the SPC one, but it was still way too big) and notes in another. Good luck on this one, Supertails - you'll need it. :X
Hmm... Touhou 8's music is starting to grow on me. Huge thanks to Troopa Pride who found a site with the whole soundtrack of MIDIs - I'm going to be doing all the Touhou music I can from here-on out.
@ Everyone else
If you don't mind having a monotonous-but-otherwise-correct drumline (my ears fail at fixing it) and a relatively large filesize (3kb-ish for big songs, but still useable in channels that aren't 22-24) I can now convert music from GYM files successfully, so if you need a song from a Genesis game, can find GYMs, and the MIDI isn't on VGMusic, PM me. I currently have GYMs for Phantasy Star 4, Ristar, and the Sonic series, and also almost every track from Langrisser 2 converted, but I don't want to hand out my L2 music.
If anyone wants to know how to make use of GYM2MID without the song sounding like crap, then here you go: It adds rests to the beginnings of all the channels and sometimes adds "echo-y" channels (those can and should be omitted from the final product) that come later than the ones they're based off of, usually later on, in order to consume 8 channels. Some early channels (namely important ones) have the same amount of rests, but the drumline will have duplicate rest segments of two different kinds, and the ones after the drumline tend to have a different number of rests. If you don't know if you need a channel, listen to it alone and determine whether you need it. Also, it will take quite a bit of work to synch up the drumline with the rest of the song, and the same goes for the later channels since the rest amounts are messy there. Also, beware of screechy high octaves which usually show up out of nowhere. Usually, it will be something low (o2 or 1) that got translated into o7 or o8 for some reason or something you couldn't hear amplified so that it would wake the dead.
tl;dr: Rests are added at the start of each channel, and they're not all the same, so resynch it. Most octaves are correct, but some very low ones end up unusually high in rare cases. The drumline is all c.
As for NSF2MIDI, I *tried* used it for Cocoron and Kirby MIDIs, and tried to use an NSF file since the MIDI of Yogurt Yard was meh, but though NSF2MIDI-produced songs sound fine in MIDI, the durations are ALL screwed up. At least it gets the notes right. So, yeah, I will be using the .txt from the NSF Yogurt Yard to fix the Yogurt Yard the MIDI had by hand sometime soon - this way, it will have the right pitches AND durations. So no, I don't recommend NSF2MIDI to make music, but it's good if you need to correct pitches of some notes.
Just look above you... If it's something that can be stopped, then just try to stop it!
Delmaru had been attempting to work on it for me before SMWCentral closed in December, but he ran into a major snag on it, so if someone else could try their hand on it, I would really appreciate it; I think I first requested it back in September, so I've been dying to see if it would work. Thanks!