Today, I'm releasing some new arrangements from The Legend of Kyrandia, a fantasy adventure game developed by Westwood Studios in 1992.
This new MIDI arrangement video covers 6 music tracks from the introduction and first level of the game: the main theme, followed by three other introduction tracks, and two other tracks heard by the player as soon as he starts to play: "Speech of the Land" and "Outside Brandon's Home".
All tracks are from the original MIDI files by Frank Klepacki, that I converted from the original Roland MT-32 synthesizer map (the de facto standard for PC MIDI soundcards at this time) to GM (General MIDI) tracks, so they can be played with Arachno SoundFont. Hope you'll like this new addition! Of course, you can download all the audio tracks from my SoundCloud account, or directly in MP3 or OGG formats, both archives including the MIDI files.
Moreover, I also added some new arrangements from the Arachno SoundFont users, and a link to the MuseScore open-source notation software, which is widely used by MIDI enthusiasts to write sheet music, along with Arachno SoundFont.
My Arachno SoundFont users have been very active these last months.
I've first been very excited to find that a user named Don Allen released a SoundFont named Timbres of Heaven, which is partly based on Arachno SoundFont. With another man named Dan West, they are members of a Yahoo! group named MIDKAR, which releases MIDI arrangements on YouTube featuring Don Allen's SoundFont. I'm currently planning to update the website with a new section dedicated to SoundFonts using instruments, presets or samples from Arachno SoundFont, like Timbres of Heaven.
I also had the real pleasure to discover BobGmbH's videos, a very active YouTube user known for his "IMPOSSIBLE REMIXES" videos. BobGmbH uses Arachno SoundFont to record, using Synthesia, piano covers of famous tracks, either being from games or movies, or even original tracks.
Additionally, some well-known Arachno SoundFont users, like Cose Vidal and Ultimate Doomer, released some excellent arrangements worth listening to. Ultimate Doomer has released, among a few others, a new recording of "Grabbag", the main theme from the Duke Nukem 3D game, in its extended version (the same as the one you could hear on the CD-ROM version of the game), thanks to the original composer, Lee Jackson, who found the time, at least, to release the full, complete version of the original MIDI file.
NightFright updated his Duke3D Arachno Music Pack to feature this new track; so, I also updated the pack hosted on this website to reflect this change.
All this new stuff is now available on the Arachno SoundFont users page, which now features an updated layout to reflect the hard work of the most active Arachno SoundFont users, and their latest releases. This page will ultimately feature some information on each author, which will differenciate it from the MIDI arrangements made by Arachno SoundFont users page, which will remain focusing on the arrangements rather than the authors themselves. That said, I also updated this page so you can now filter the arrangements list by author.
I'll continuously (and silently) update these webpages with the new arrangements I'll find, like I did these last months. I just wanted to feature the latest additions with this new page layout and website update to thank you all for your support.
I should also update my Dell Venue 8 Pro review very soon, to cover the use of the GPS chip which actually sits in the 3G/HSPA+ versions of the tablet, which has been discovered thanks to the investigations of the Hardware.fr forum members.
I recently bought a Dell Venue 8 Pro, an 8-inch Windows 8.1 touchscreen tablet, allowing you to execute the very same applications than those you can already run on a Windows PC.
And, after more than 15 days of extensive use, I followed the advice given by members of the French Dell Venue 8 Pro topic on Hardware.fr, and decided to write my own review in the Articles section.
I decided to do so after having spent many hours to choose this tablet, facing difficulties because of the lack of complete reviews of this tablet, notably on some features I was very interested in (stylus, external screen display).
This review thus covers, over nearly 20 pages, all the features I tought it'd be worth mentioning, even more after reading Pierre Lecourt's excellent review (in French) of the Asus Transformer T100.
Hoping that my experience will help you to make your choice, if you're also looking for an 8-inch touchscreen tablet running Windows 8.1, either being the Dell or one of its competitors (Acer Iconia W4-820, Lenovo Miix 2 8, Lenovo ThinkPad 8, Asus VivoTab Note 8 and Toshiba Encore WT8).
Important note: this review has been translated by myself from the French article I released on this website some days ago. Given the extensive length of this publication, the English version may still contain very approximative and mistaken language translations. If you notice grammar or spelling mistakes in this review, don't hesitate to report them to me. Thanks!
Thanks to NightFright and other Arachno SoundFont users, I discovered some additional software to help you convert your MIDI files into audio files (like MP3) in a single, hassle-free process.
To promote these software products, I thought that I had to build a new Links section dedicated to SoundFont software, into which I moved CoolSoft VirtualMIDISynth, BASSMIDI Driver and SynthFont, which were previously featured into the Arachno SoundFont promoters page.
In this new section, you'll find AIMP3 and Piston Software's Direct MIDI To MP3 Converter which will help you to record your MIDI files with sounds from Arachno SoundFont.
Note that Piston Software supports Arachno SoundFont, and offers a 30% discount to all Arachno SoundFont users with the following coupon code: ARACHNO30. Check this software which will save you many time if you're recording MIDI files into audio files, just like NightFright did to record the Arachno SoundFont video game music packs!
I also added two new arrangements recorded by users of Arachno SoundFont: Vengeance" an original composition by Eris Falling (composer of a large number of tracks for additional DOOM levels, such as the Plutonia series), and an awesome cover of "The House of The Rising Sun" by Richard "Ricky" Forhenson.
Thank you all for your continuous support!
After introducing massive contents made by Arachno SoundFont users these last months, including the Arachno SoundFont Game Music Packs by NightFright, I thought it was time to release some new stuff on my own.
I recorded a new arrangement from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It's the theme of the Kokiri Forest map, which is the first playable level of the game, right after the introduction video. This theme was originally composed by Koji Kondo, and the MIDI file used to record the arrangement was composed by John Kuzma. You can play or download this arrangement right now!
Moreover, I also added some new user-made arrangements I found, including "Ionian Isolation" an original composition by Eris Falling (who composed many tracks for DOOM add-on levels such as the Plutonia series), "Gentle Moments" another original composition by AbstractGarden, a recording of DOOM 2's original MAP01 music known as "Running From Evil" by Federico Dossena, and two MIDI covers rendered with the MIDIJam software by PianoKid0051: Joe Cocker's "Unchain My Heart" and Avicii's "Wake Me Up".
Thanks again to all the users of Arachno SoundFont!
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