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SWG Audio Restoration Project (ARP) - Axuim - 2013-11-15

I originally posted this in the SWGEmu forums but figured it deserved a post here as well.

Please let me know what you think!

Version Notes
Code:
v1.5 Cumulative
-Includes all the files from previous patches with some corrections as well as the rest of the music files from data_music_00.tre
v1.4
-Added mission accepted and completed themes as well as acquired themes (for specific events)
v1.3
-Added ambient music (desert, grasslands, etc.) and sunrise/sunset themes
v1.2
-Added intro and login music
v1.1
-Added city themes and Theed Palace loop
v1.0
-Includes all combat loops (As far as I can tell) and all their related sounds (Victory, Defeat, Death)

Download Links (Will upload to different mirrors on request)
v1.5 Cumulative MediaFire

Installation
1. Download ARP (All files including patches)
2. Create a "music" folder in you SWGEmu folder if one doesn't exist
3. Unzip files into the "music" folder starting with the lowest number (ex. unzip v1.5 then v1.6 etc.) and overwrite files if prompted.
4. Enjoy!


Background and Information
A foreword, this does not bring drastic changes to the music.
This is my attempt to add back in some of the high frequencies that were lost during the compression of the game music (and eventually sounds if all goes well).

To notice the changes you will most likely have to have at least external speakers or headphones (not in monitor or laptop).

I have been playing SWG and SWGEmu since the very beginning and have always found that the music is a huge part of the experience.
As time passed and my audio knowledge and setup improved I began to notice that while the audio compression in SWG was not bad, it wasn’t exactly the best either.


Ok now on to the good stuff.

In general the sounds for SWG are compressed down to a 128 CBR MP3 which was great for the time the game was made.
A few of the tracks were even compressed using custom encoder settings so the frequencies above 16 kHz didn’t get removed which is great!

But the problem are tracks such as this one:
[Image: mus_player_v_creat_a_defOriginal_zpsa3126c93.png]

This is track is actually one of the battle defeat sounds that are used. It is relatively short but it is a good example to show my point.

The peaks at the beginning are the brass and cymbals and they are actually supposed to peak over 16 kHz. These frequencies are what give them what I can only describe as luster. Without them cymbals crashes sound flat and the brass is missing the edge that it normally has.

My goal is to add back in that luster and edge as best as I can using synthesizers and a few other tools giving me this result:
[Image: mus_player_v_creat_a_defRestoredPreCompr...12d942.png]

Then encoding them using custom settings to create a custom full range (including supra and subsonic which I attempted to synthesize using some prediction algorithms) mp3 giving me this as the final result:
[Image: mus_player_v_creat_a_defRestored_zpseaad8c1a.png]

For those of you still reading there are a few things you need to keep in mind that you may or may not already know:

It is impossible to restore compressed audio to its original state. It will never be the same as it was when it was in the studio before compression! This is just an attempt to synthesize some of what was lost!

My equipment and listening environment are not exactly the best. I am a college student currently living in a dorm and even though I have acoustically treated the room as best as possible (Most of the room is seems to be dedicated to it…) the room is by no means a studio. Even when I use my headphones (EQed mostly flat) and not my monitors, slight coloration of the sound is still inevitable.

I have listened to all these tracks multiple times but it is also inevitable that I made a mistake and just glossed over it every time. These mistakes could include sounds unintentionally making it into the recording (Windows dings, etc.) or accidentally clipping a part of the track. I have tried my best to avoid this but yet again it could have happened so if you hear any of them please let me know and I will get right on fixing them.

I also want to point out that I haven’t listened to all of these tracks ingame, I have tried my best but there are some parts of the game I just don’t play so tell if anything seems off.


Now that that is out of the way I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!


RE: SWG Audio Restoration Project (ARP) - Valkyra - 2013-11-16

Installing this right now, since I forgot to install from EMU boards... Will let you know!

Ok sounds good so far, loaded onto my staff toon on Naboo on Nova TC, don't think the cloudy naboo weather music was modded yet but the 2nd theme that played (a generic one) I could tell. Good job


RE: SWG Audio Restoration Project (ARP) - Axuim - 2013-11-17

Yeah I am currently working on the ambient tracks but they require a really delicate touch and I am not quite happy with them yet.

I will probably get those done later today or early tomorrow.

Edit: Just uploaded v1.3 which includes the ambient music as well as the sunrise and sunset themes. Not really a fan of how the themes turned out so I will probably redo them at some point.


RE: SWG Audio Restoration Project (ARP) - Axuim - 2013-11-20

v1.3 Incremental Patch has been uploaded.

Added the mission accepted and completed themes which I believe turned out very well.
Also added the various acquisition themes that are trigger in a few places.

Edit: v1.4 has now also been uploaded


RE: SWG Audio Restoration Project (ARP) - Axuim - 2013-12-02

v1.5 Cumulative has been uploaded

Includes some changes to previous files and the rest of the music files from data_music_00.tre
Unzip the archive and overwrite when prompted.


RE: SWG Audio Restoration Project (ARP) - ResoOner - 2014-05-02

awesome work Axuim!

Downloading it right now Smile


RE: SWG Audio Restoration Project (ARP) - Anach - 2015-10-23

Anyone got a mirror for this?


RE: SWG Audio Restoration Project (ARP) - XionicFire - 2017-06-10

(2015-10-23, 09:41 AM)Anach Wrote: Anyone got a mirror for this?

Ditto! Mirror Please!


RE: SWG Audio Restoration Project (ARP) - XionicFire - 2017-06-10

FOUND!

http://www.eqsanctum.com/viewtopic.php?t=33