Porting Music


nathanielbabiak 2021-04-14 02:38

I'd like to convert 1992's "Get Them Before They Get You" by Bobby Prince. It's the main track from Wolfenstein 3D that most folks are familiar with who played the game back in the day.

However, I'm not musically talented, and downgrading the eight instrument tracks into just three voices is beyond my abilities.

So what system was LowRes NX's sound system based on? I could search for some sheet music from that system. It would already be downgraded to use only a few voices, so I wouldn't have to perform the downgrading myself.

nathanielbabiak 2021-04-14 02:54 (Edited)

I think I'm making some progress - looks like there's a few options here:

Is this about right? Any favorites from this "best of C64" sampling?

Ugh! It all sounds so 80's and also so "jingly"! I really don't like most of this stuff. The best I could find was:

nathanielbabiak 2021-04-14 03:08 (Edited)

Done! Now to find something with some bass...

was8bit 2021-04-14 04:19

I have a foggy idea about making a music editor...

First i have this... a chart converting sheet music into lowres note values...

Then i have this... an idea of reusing portions of music...

Sheet music often has some and or parts of the music repeated, and not always in a straightforward way...

Not sure yet how to meld these two ideas together... if you can use any of these ideas, help yourself :)

was8bit 2021-04-14 04:58

Nice link... my fav game :)

Timo 2021-04-14 06:19

The LowRes NX sound system is custom, but it was indeed very much inspired by the C64’s SID chip.
I added a fourth voice and the LFOs. But the SID had filters, which I didn’t add because it’s too complicated.

G-9 2021-04-14 07:31 (Edited)

Soooo.... :3
« Nintendo NES - two pulse, one triangle, one noise, one digital channel » ? :3 :3

Too bad at music

And, nice music was8bit :D

was8bit 2021-04-14 09:16

Thanky :) buuutt... technically not mine, it was inspired by this...

Greenpilloz 2021-04-15 11:24 (Edited)

If you find some MIDI files with the song you want to import it should be not too hard to make a program to convert the notes to the LowRes format, using something like the mido library for python:

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