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Where is it possible to get the dune II music?

And I do not mean the lame music, but the one in the game when you chose to use midi-sound-card.

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You'll find it somewhere else on the net, it ain't difficult.

I didn't download the 9 tracks from here, I found them somewhere else.

But I know that it is possible to get another sound in the music on Dune 2, cos I noticed small differences in the music, after changing sound-card on the setup.

The music on the russian Dune 3 page is more like the one I want!

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Dear Dmitri,

There are nine widely distributed MIDI files of the original Dune II music that can be found on the internet.  The easiest place to look, as suggested by Timenn, is the FED2k Dune II Downloads page found here: http://www.dune2k.com/files/dune2.shtml

There were also three mp3 files I uploaded which were pieces extracted directly from the game and edited for the best effect with my soundcard.  Unfortuantely Gob seems to have taken them down so go convince him to put them back up if you care to hear the results of my little venture.

--Bashar

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Nope there still there, never put them on the download page just the news. I will fix that sometime. :)

http://dune2k.com/files/filedb/pafiledb.php?action=download&id=427

http://dune2k.com/files/filedb/pafiledb.php?action=download&id=383

http://dune2k.com/files/filedb/pafiledb.php?action=download&id=407

btw, Frank has a website you might be interested in Bashar. Maybe you can convince him to re-release the Dune II music. :)

http://www.frankklepacki.com/

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It's too bad that the sound cards from doesn't run the music/sound of old games anymore. With me Dune II runs with ugly sounds or none, and the music is also bad. Does anyone know a kind of emulator that makes the sound card play correct for old games, I like to hear all the old games as they use to hear... :'(

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Ahh, there they are.  :-)  Thanks Gob.  I initially tried to post the links from the news articles but they weren't working, I assume due to either the change from the old domain or the use of your nifty new download script.

And thanks also for the link.  Unfortuantely I think copyright issues would prevent him from distributing any of his works from Westwood games.  The only exception being "Times", better known as the Nod credits music from the original C&C and this only because it was licensed to and not commissioned by Westwood.

Anyway, getting back to the music of Dune II, there was only a total of twenty-two pieces in the original score.  Of those, only thirteen to my knowledge can be found on the internet.  The nine in MIDI format and the three mp3s.  There are also three low quality wav files that can be found on the Westwood ftp site.  You can find them by following this link: ftp://ftp.westwood.com/pub/dune2/previews/audio/

Of those three, two can be found among the MIDI files.  Only the piece "Ordos" is otherwise unavailable.  I'm assuming these pieces were recorded using the Roland MT-32 or equivical device.  This was unquestionably the best soundcard for MIDI enthusiest at the time.

Regretably Dune II does not support General MIDI, the universal MIDI standard, which is why the game's music doesn't sound as good as it should and rules out the use of any kind of "emulator".  As a rule, always try selecting General MIDI with your soundcard's normal settings when configuring music for DOS games.  You usually get the best MIDI quality this way, particularly with today's soundcards.

--Bashar

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Thanks Thorup, guest posting was removed a little while ago since I've found most guest posters were just trolls, there are exceptions of course. :)

Bashar I think I have Frank's email address if you want it send me an IM through the forum. Its worth a try, someone recently created a jukebox of his music:

http://jukebox.westwoodi.net

and Frank approved of it.

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  • 3 years later...

FED2k is currently hosting a collection of Dune II mp3's; however, I don't know whether or not they were recorded off of the MT-32.  I would suggest going to the downloads section and downloading them to see.  If not, Gob might be willing to host your files here as the MT-32 recordings should be regarded as the definitive Dune II music.

I'm curious, though, as to where you your MIDIs came from; whether you extracted them from the game or found them floating around on the internet.  As Dune II was not General MIDI compatible I assumed that the only way acquire the correct instrumentation was from the game itself.  Or does that problem not apply to Roland modules?

--Bashar

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No Dune II mp3's in download section just the midi's. (not all of them)

Never found the MT32 mp3's on the net.

For some strange reason there are just a few sites hosting mp3's recorded from a MT32.

Same thing also for MT32 midi files.

Midi files are extracted from game itself.

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In case there's curiousity, I've ripped the complete Dune II soundtrack (AdLib version) and posted it at the AdLib music archive:

http://adlib.superfighter.com/

The resulting RAW music files can be played using AdPlug for Windows and Linux or AdPlay for DOS:

http://adplug.sourceforge.net/

These very small RAW files are much more convenient than large MP3 files, I think, and they can be played whether or not you have an OPL2 (AdLib) chip on your soundcard.

RDOSPlay can play the Dune II music files (ADL) natively, but it's a DOS program only.

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SUPERB!

I have now outputted all raw data into mp3 files so i can use them for D2TM add-on stuff. The MP3's i have here are far less in size as the original add-on and they sound just as good. Time to do this:

1. install codec for winamp

2. unzip raw files

3. convert with winamp into mp3 (took around 10 mins)

The difference is that i have now all adlib stuff, which was incomplete and too big in size (mp3 wise). I will look into converting the mt32 mp3 files into a smaller size!

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Glad you can find the RAW files useful for your purposes, Stefan. You'll also note that my RAW rips have been trimmed to proper song length, so it's easier to work with.

A most concise version of the Dune II AdLib music could be grabbed using my AdLib Digisnap, a special hardware which records AdLib output directly (much cleaner sound than normal recording methods), but I haven't had time to do this. If I do it, I'll tell you.

In the meantime, enjoy the RAW files. ;)

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