Were most of the CD Audio tracks of the 90s just MIDI recorded from high end devices?

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Were most of the CD Audio tracks of the 90s just MIDI recorded from high end devices?

Postby lion2 » 2018-7-02 @ 15:06

Back in the 90's I was amazed at the CD Audio tracks available for some games. I always used to think that they had live bands/orchestra's recording the music. However, as I got older and was able to listen to MIDI tracks using Roland Sound Canvas's, those old CD Audio tracks seemed to sound a lot like them.

So were many of those songs just recorded tracks from high end synthesizers? Probably cheaper to do that than hire a band or orchestra.
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Re: Where most of the CD Audio tracks of the 90s just MIDI recorded from high end devices?

Postby leileilol » 2018-7-03 @ 06:49

Only the really lazy ones (i.e. Hexen)
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Re: Where most of the CD Audio tracks of the 90s just MIDI recorded from high end devices?

Postby dr_st » 2018-7-03 @ 08:07

What about Warcraft II?
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Re: Where most of the CD Audio tracks of the 90s just MIDI recorded from high end devices?

Postby GL1zdA » 2018-7-03 @ 09:38

leileilol wrote:Only the really lazy ones (i.e. Hexen)

Total Annihilation is no live performance and I wouldn't call it lazy.
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Re: Where most of the CD Audio tracks of the 90s just MIDI recorded from high end devices?

Postby gdjacobs » 2018-7-03 @ 13:52

MW2 is recorded straight off a JV1080.
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Re: Where most of the CD Audio tracks of the 90s just MIDI recorded from high end devices?

Postby mrau » 2018-7-03 @ 17:31

gdjacobs wrote:MW2 is recorded straight off a JV1080.

how do You know that?
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Re: Where most of the CD Audio tracks of the 90s just MIDI recorded from high end devices?

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Re: Where most of the CD Audio tracks of the 90s just MIDI recorded from high end devices?

Postby lion2 » 2018-7-13 @ 13:39

leileilol wrote:Only the really lazy ones (i.e. Hexen)


Why would a developer have to be lazy to use a high-end midi device? A lot of studios were small back in the 90's so I assume the logistics of hiring a band would've increased development costs.

BTW, I found a posts that states that the CD Audio from Lunar Eternal Blue was recorded straight from a synth
https://amp.reddit.com/r/synthesizers/c ... old_video/
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Re: Were most of the CD Audio tracks of the 90s just MIDI recorded from high end devices?

Postby leileilol » 2018-7-14 @ 06:51

I mentioned Hexen because its CD audio tracks are literally the same MIDI tracks but rendered from a SoundCanvas. It's one of the laziest ones out there, and Raven's done better effort for CD audio on a couple games prior to Hexen
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