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First post, by Joseph_Joestar

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In a recent interview on the RetroManCave YouTube channel, Lee Jackson talks about creating music for Duke Nukem 3D. Check the 34:16 mark of this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMfvpqyjpD8&t=2056

The rest of the interview is quite interesting too.

Last edited by Joseph_Joestar on 2020-07-29, 11:02. Edited 1 time in total.

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Reply 1 of 5, by Oetker

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But then there's the question of what Bobby Prince used for his tracks. That might have been a 55 as he used that for Doom, and Duke3D does have issues with some of the later Sound Canvas devices' bugfixes, right?

Reply 2 of 5, by Joseph_Joestar

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Oetker wrote on 2020-07-29, 09:40:

But then there's the question of what Bobby Prince used for his tracks.

Good point. I guess it would be more proper to say that we have confirmation for the tracks that Lee composed. Here are the track listings by author:

https://dukenukem.fandom.com/wiki/Music_in_Duke_Nukem_3D

Maybe one day someone will do an interview with Bobby as well, and we'll learn about his equipment too.

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Reply 3 of 5, by auron

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Joseph_Joestar wrote on 2020-07-29, 09:13:

In a recent interview on the RetroManCave YouTube channel, Lee Jackson the original Duke Nukem 3D composer, confirmed that the music was created on a Roland SC-88.

while i didn't watch the whole thing yet, this is certainly an overinterpretation of this one short sentence on the subject. this has been up for years now: http://www.rinkworks.com/apogee/s/2.8.14.1.shtml

so for the duke3d midis he primarily used cakewalk with a RAP-10 (which was sold by him a couple of years back on ebay), and apparently also did have a GUS MAX while doing ROTT and duke3d (https://forums.duke4.net/topic/2505-roland-sc … post__p__206525). now, that intermission track in duke3d, prerecorded in pretty low quality, was indeed done on the SC-88 he got late in the game's development cycle, as was the modified grabbag track they put on the atomic edition disc (which he also released as a midi file a while back, without any reverb in it).

i do believe the midis in shadow warrior shareware were actually meant to be played on the SC-88, but for the final game they for some reason decided to ditch midi altogether and to go for CD music only.

Reply 4 of 5, by Joseph_Joestar

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auron wrote on 2020-07-29, 10:35:

while i didn't watch the whole thing yet, this is certainly an overinterpretation of this one short sentence on the subject. this has been up for years now: http://www.rinkworks.com/apogee/s/2.8.14.1.shtml

That's an interesting read, thanks for pointing that out. I'll edit the title of this thread.

I suspect Lee was remembering working on the expansion soundtrack and the CD version of Grabbag when he mentioned the SC-88. From the article you linked, it seems clear that he was using a RAP-10 for the original game.

What threw me off was when the RetroManCave host asked "if we want to hear Duke Nukem the way you wanted it to be heard, is that (SC-88) the box we should put it through" and Lee confirmed.

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Reply 5 of 5, by auron

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well, according to that link, technical limitations of the sound engine prevented him from better supporting the SC-88 back in duke3d's development. though i don't get the impression that he was really going to redo all the tracks, it was apparently mainly about grabbag.

if i recall correctly, he did record all the tracks for that 20th anniversary edition on the 88pro he mentions here, including the newly composed ones. this for instance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLxMVOvmzwo