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New MIDI File Pages added to the QuestStudios Archive

Hi all!  I know it’s been forever since I updated the site…  Hopefully more frequent updates will follow.

I’ve added some new MIDI file pages!  They are still in progress from a formatting/aesthetics perspective, but the functionality is pretty much all in place.

These new MIDI File pages contain a real-time midi player PolyWave AKA MUKI, with MT-32 playback capability as well as GM playback via SoundFonts.

Additionally, the original ZIP files for the MIDI downloads are also listed.  🙂 These are the unaltered original ZIP’s from the original QuestStudios website.

One thing that’s taken this project so long (apart from real-life putting many things on hold for the last several years) has also been dealing with accounting for many of the little discrepancies in the original ZIP files, like typo’s and going through everything to match it up for the website so that everything works.

Another part of this project has been taking all that disparate data and converting it into something more flexible web-code wise. Below is a quote from a message board post I wrote a while ago on the subject.

It’s a looong time coming.

I’ve been working on the framework for those pages on and off for a long time.

I want not just to be able to provide the original QS midi zips for download, but also have them playable in the web browser, or even on a mobile/phone on-the-go. This presents several problems, the the main one being the playback of MT-32 music or MIDI music in general. “How to do it?” and “How to do it without it sounding like garbage?”. I could just make recordings of everything, but that’s bandwidth intensive, and time consuming. Thankfully, Tomas Pollak’s Polywave AKA Muki.io solves this problem wonderfully with a great implementation of MUNT, a more than adequate Soundfont-based engine for GM, as well as being a great MIDI/chip-tune player in general! I’ve had a number of great and extensive chats with Tomas about the player, some of the playback quirks I ran into, as well as some feature suggestions.

On top of all that, I also wanted to have the website code handle all of this in a more easy to manage way. There is a long story of what I did to automate the parsing the original QS Zip file contents, to match all the track names to their actual file names, many of which did not quite match or had typos in them in some cases, as well as determine what type of synth is needed, and to determine if a patch bank file was needed in case of MT-32 MIDI’s. Ultimately, I was able to create a workflow that accomplishes this and puts it all into JSON, which is what Polywave uses also. I actually extended Polywave’s playlist JSON template for my own site so that I can include track names, synth information, patch banks, file locations/URLs, and other info into the site, without now having to actually make a ton of individual pages with tons of hyperlinks manually. I am pretty pleased with the result and the potential. Again the goal experience I had envisioned for the QSA was that it be something that allows me to browse and listen to any of the tunes I want from any device on any platform.

Myself, from the site’s message board.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the new MIDI file pages, there are many more coming. Stay tuned!

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A Quick Little Zeliard Remix with Roland Cloud!

Howdy all.

As always, sorry for the lack of frequent updates on the site. I know it seems like an empty promise, but I am always trying to find more time to put into the site here. Life just keeps one occupied elsewhere sometimes…

Anyway… I was recently having a some fun with the awesome Roland Cloud! Loving the D-50 virtual synth. I’ve compared it side-by-side to my real one and I can’t tell the difference!

Here is a quick little remix from Zeliard using mainly the Roland D-50 with some Virtual Sound Canvas, and TR-909; All virtual instruments from Roland Cloud.

Download the MP3

Cheers!
Andrew

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Show Archives Updated/Fixed

Hey all!

I have gone through the show archives, some of which were missing/404’d or otherwise not available and have restored ALL of them! 🙂

So now you can go back to the very beginning of the show and listen to the very first Pilot episode to the last episode!

Also.. SOME DAY, the show will return and I will have more updates to the QuestStudios Archive as well… It’s only a matter of time!

In the meantime, all the best!

~Andrew

PS: If you find any issues, broken links, or anything else with the site, please let me know. 🙂

New QuestStudios Archive MIDI Pages Forthcoming…

I have finally began work in earnest toward more MIDI soundtrack pages for the QuestStudios Archive! This is primarily in part to an amazing new feature we will be integrating into the site. Here is a teaser:

Polywave
A browser-based player with MT-32 Emulation, AdLib Emulation, SoundFont playback, and much more!

NOTE: The larger soundtrack files at the end of this playlist may temporarily cause your browser to freeze while loading! :O

Semi-Re-Post: Doom Revisited – Andrew’s Doom and Doom 2 SC-8850 Remixes!

It has occurred to me that I don’t seem to have ever posted “officially” my old Doom and Doom 2 SC-8850 MIDI remixes! This soundtrack, which I titled: “Doom Revisited”, consists of the complete soundtrack to Doom and most of the soundtrack to Doom 2. The recordings are straight from my Roland SC-8850 with no other editing. When I made these remixes, I directly ripped the MUS/LUMP’s from the DOOM Wad files and converted them to MIDI myself.

I recorded these all between April 28th and May 17 2009. If memory serves, I was really getting into programming the MFX of my Roland SC-8850, particularly the Guitar Amp Simulator effects. My sonic/tonal goal, was not to achieve some sort of “total realism” but a cool sounding balance in the middle. I think that was achieved and I have always been very happy with these remixes. I hope you enjoy them as well.

Also provided are my original MIDI files from these remixes. One of the MIDI’s however, Doom 2 – Countdown to Death, is in old Cakewalk .WRK format, as that song utilized 30 MIDI channels instead of the usual 16!

Doom Revisited

Doom 2 Revisited

Doom Revisited MIDI’s

Download ZIP Download my Doom Revisited MIDI files! (ZIP Archive)
To download a song, click the icon of the version you want.

Doom Revisited

Download MP3 Doom Title Screen Theme
Download MP3 At Doom’s Gate
Download MP3 The Imp’s Song
Download MP3 Dark Halls
Download MP3 Kitchen Ace (And Taking Names)
Download MP3 Suspense
Download MP3 On the Hunt
Download MP3 Demons on the Prey
Download MP3 Sign of Evil
Download MP3 Hiding the Secrets
Download MP3 I Sawed the Demons
Download MP3 The Demons From Adrian’s Pen
Download MP3 They’re Going To Get You
Download MP3 Sinister
Download MP3 Waltz of the Demons
Download MP3 Nobody Told Me About id
Download MP3 Untitled (Mouth for War)
Download MP3 Donna to the Rescue
Download MP3 Deep Into the Code
Download MP3 Facing the Spider
Download MP3 Intermission from Doom
Download MP3 Endgame Music – The Bunny Theme!
Download MP3 Victory Music

Doom 2 Revisited

Download MP3 Doom 2 Title Screen Theme
Download MP3 Running from Evil
Download MP3 Countdown to Death
Download MP3 Between Levels
Download MP3 Doom
Download MP3 Shawn’s Got the Shotgun
Download MP3 The Dave D. Taylor Blues
Download MP3 Into Sandy’s City
Download MP3 The Demon’s Dead
Download MP3 Waiting for Romero to Play
Download MP3 Message for the Archvile
Download MP3 Bye Bye American Pie
Download MP3 Adrian’s Asleep
Download MP3 Evil Incarnate
Download MP3 Intermission from Doom 2
Download MP3 Doom 2 Endgame Music – ReadMe!

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