This website has been online for 18 years! To celebrate this event, you can now benefit from a new way to get the latest updates from the website, even if I don't add any news about them.
Most updates focusing nowadays on the arrangements made by users of Arachno SoundFont, who keep adding new contents on YouTube or SoundCloud on a regular basis.
To help you remaining up-to-date with the regular new additions, you can now choose to receive them as RSS feeds, just like you could do with the news until now.
These feeds can help you to automatically receive the new arrangements in your web browser, mail client, or any other RSS-compatible software. For more information on those feeds and their use, check the Arachno SoundFont arrangements page.
My SoundCloud account became somewhat popular the day I chose to build some giant playlist, featuring all tracks I used to love on this platform, sorted in a logical order. So, I simply thought I should share these playlists with you today.
These playlists, splitted in two parts (part 1 and part 2) carry tracks from a specific music genre named "synthwave". This is my current favorite music style, consisting of tracks inspired by 80's movie soundtracks, artists, songs and fashion, mostly instrumental, filled with awesome synthesizer sounds by artists from all over the world, inspired by synthpop legends like John Carpenter, Vangelis, Depeche Mode, Tangerine Dream...
Featuring famous sounds from the best synthesizers ever, including Roland D-50, Korg M1, Yamaha DX7... just like Arachno SoundFont.
If I had to comeback to the music scene - and I hope I will, one day - I would chose to produce music in this style.
So, stay tuned for more exciting contents, these playlists are updated on a very regular basis!
Several Arachno SoundFont users recently released some exciting new tracks, so I thought it was the right time to feature them with some special news.
First of all, NightFright, who previously released several music packs from famous video games (DOOM, Duke Nukem 3D...), just unveiled a new YouTube playlist of a totally new soundtrack, composed by James "Jimmy" Paddock, for the Duke It Out In D.C. extension pack for Duke Nukem 3D, released in 1997. And I'm very proud to announce that both chose Arachno SoundFont to record the whole soundtrack, "for best overall quality", and, "in [their] opinion, the result is absolutely fantastic". So, you have to check it out on the Duke Nukem 3D High Resolution Pack website!
Klaus Jupitz, a long-time and loyal Arachno SoundFont user, also decided to permanently release all his tracks on his YouTube channel. His work is really impressive, being either original compositions - including a track inspired by my own Arabian Feelings and Green Hills tracks - or covers of famous 80's music. He also gives me precious feedback on the SoundFont itself, and I really appreciate his support!
On a similar note, Ronald Karle is a new Arachno SoundFont user who releases original tracks, mostly featuring strings like violins, at a very fast pace.
And, to finish, MyNewSoundtrack is a quite popular YouTube composer who releases covers of video game music, and some of his releases are featuring Arachno SoundFont in a very-well mixed version. Check out Sewer' Surfin cover from TMNT: Turtles in Time!
Once again, I'm extremely proud of the popularity of Arachno SoundFont among users from all around the world. Since its release in 2010, the SoundFont has been downloaded nearly 100,000 times, just from this website. This is truly awesome, and I can only thank you a billion times for your support!
The Arachno SoundFont user arrangements count keeps growing everyday, and I thought it was time, to celebrate the website's 16th birthday, to think about some additional tools to better find those you're willing to like the most.
On the Arrangements page, you'll now find two additional filtering criteria: either by subcategory, such as games, film or song covers, or, most importantly, by keywords. So, you can now click on arrangements' titles, composers, and other metadata to filter only those corresponding to this data - or even input your own keywords.
Thanks to Lee Jackson Audio Community on Facebook, I discovered that a new edition of Duke Nukem 3D, "20th Anniversary World Tour", has been released on PC (Steam), Xbox One and PlayStation 4 two days ago, featuring a whole new episode, and new music composed by Lee Jackson himself.
Then, I found this YouTube video, comparing the original edition from 1996, the "Megaton Edition" from 2013, and this new "World Tour" edition from 2016. And I discovered that ALL the music tracks bundled within the Megaton Edition were actually remastered OGG versions of the original MIDI files... recorded with Arachno SoundFont!
However, I never got any notification about this. So, I never knew that my SoundFont had been used this way for over one year... and so, indirectly sold on Steam by the way. Not to mention that the OGG files didn't even come with any credit information mentioning that they had been recorded with my sounds.
Now that this Megaton edition has been withdrawn from the Steam stores (to avoid cannibalizing sales of the new World Tour edition), I wish I didn't learn this fact this way. But I'll always be happy to notice that my Arachno SoundFont bank can be even more popular that I may already know!
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