What about Zeliard's soundtrack? It seems to have a very good AdLib soundtrack. In some case, IMO, even better than the MT-32's.
That would make sense... it was originally for PC-88, which has FM-based sound hardware. Converting to Adlib would be nearly 1:1 from the original version, while MT-32 would, naturally, require considerable rearrangement.
This logic doesn't always follow.. what about Sorcerian? The MT-32 tracks are from the original PC-88 game, but vastly improved and Adlib doesn't even compare. I ran both with my AWE32 on my old PC (using the AWE32 as an OPL2/3 and as a MPU-401 alternatively) and definitely the game sounds better 'orchestrated'. I've always found that with 'emotional' synth, it usually sounds better orchestrated than in 'raw' format.
Several tracks for a "comparison Sierra soundcard archive" is what I would like to see here at some point.
Yep, I second that. I love the LSL3 'SierraLand' comparison page. Be good to hear it expanded.
I wonder, did anybody ever buy the IBM Music Feature? I know AdLib's were a big seller when Sierra supported them, and they did okay with the MT-32, considering the price tag. But I never heard much about people using the IBM card. (Was it a card? I never even saw one.)
I've got some details in an old catalogue which I will dig out if requested, but otherwise I asked the same question about 6 weeks ago. Here's the relevant thread at the SQ.Net forums:http://forum.spacequest.net/viewtopic.php?t=603&start=15
My feeling is that if we were to host AdLib or SoundBlaster soundtracks, they should represent the highest sound quality available from the games from which they are recorded.
Which is a good reason, as Tom alluded to, not to create such a section in the first place. But I think we're reading way too much into this at any rate. Boogeyman never requested QS become Adlib, I'd attribute his Adlib recordings for offer being related more to ignorance about Roland devices being the standard for Sierra compositions than actual faith in the Adlib music itself. You'd think it was alright if you'd never heard a MT-32 or Sound Canvas piece (which most KQ7 users *would* have, or at least a GM piece, close enough).
The issue here for me is that in no way would I consider a KQ7 soundtrack recorded from anything except Roland devices as worthy of my ears. (As the odds of someone recording it fom XG or a live orchestra are rather minimal.) I could guess this guy was in no way going to produce either of the desired results.
I was enjoying recording from this game, it's fun to try and emulate Tom's success with orchestrating KQ6, for KQ7. I can't do KQ6, since Tom's covered it quite nicely, but KQ7 I can.
And there's a really good spread of music types in KQ7.
I'm sure people who want KQ7's music will be pleased when I finish recording later this year. Won't be much deviated from the SC-55 score, with MT-32 and ED thrown in for the bargain (same as I handle all SC-55 soundtracks for soundtrack CD's).