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Offline Aaron

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THPS1-3 with full soundtracks possible?
« on: December 02, 2020, 07:11 AM »
Hi, wondering if something like what SNES has with MSU-1 is possible with N64, in particular games like the Tony Hawk series with the full soundtrack from the PS1 versions, or does this already exist somewhere?

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Re: THPS1-3 with full soundtracks possible?
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2020, 06:50 PM »
The Everdrive 64 doesn't add any new audio hardware to the N64, so any new music or audio tracks would still have to be played by the N64 itself, meaning that it couldn't be better quality than the N64 could produce (though the N64 can produce excellent sound and music, properly programmed). A skilled hacker could certainly add more or longer music to any N64 game, storing the required data either by extending the size of the game rom to the maximum N64 size, or by directly reading the data from the SD card via data files that are separate from the game rom file itself.

The latter solution would be the best in most cases, as the maximum size an N64 game rom can be seems to be only 64MB, and certainly the Everdrive 64 (any ED64 revision) doesn't come with enough RAM to contain any significantly larger game rom than 64MB.

So yes, it's perfectly possible to have the N64's Tony Hawk's games have the same full soundtrack as the PSX version, but whether or not someone with sufficient programming skills will take the time and effort to do this doesn't seem too likely. The N64 is notoriously difficult to program anyway, and few people seem to bother programming the N64 (given how popular the N64 was and is, it does seem surprising that it's current hacking/programming scene seems so sparse), and since N64 hacking is spread out over the internet, instead of being largely collected on either one site or a few connected websites, then even if someone does convert the N64 games' audio to the PSX versions' soundtracks, then we here might not get to hear about.

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Re: THPS1-3 with full soundtracks possible?
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2020, 01:12 PM »
Yes the N64 can already play CD quality audio. It doesn't have an audio synthesis soundchip like earlier systems, it basically just feeds audio data to a quality DAC, like modern systems do. The problem is cartridge size, and that is the only reason why N64 games used more simplistic sound compared to CD-based systems. A system for streaming redbook audio from the SD card might be required.

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Re: THPS1-3 with full soundtracks possible?
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2020, 10:53 PM »
Reading this thread made me imagine... what if in an alternate universe, the company who made the technically impressive N64 port of Resident Evil 2 (Angel Studios), developed feature complete ports of Pro Skater 1 and 2 with all the music and unlockable videos all crammed into 64MB ROMs. Deeply thinking about it, I could see it being very much possible for there to be ports of Pro Skater with all the stuff intact from the PlayStation versions, albeit cleverly compressed to make it all fit.

But hey... a person can only dream of such a thing. :P
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