First post, by Malvineous
When looking for specs on the .dro format a few days ago, I found a few threads where people were asking whether they could convert .dro files to a more useful format. In light of this (and because I've been meaning to for a while now), I've written a program that will convert .dro files into .mid files, so that you can load them in your favourite MIDI sequencer.
If you're skeptical as to how well the conversion works then yes, it's far from perfect, but it only requires a little effort to get quite a good MIDI file out of it.
For comparison, here's a capture of the title music from the game Zone 66, along with a conversion to MIDI. This is a bare conversion, so I haven't edited the MIDI file at all - it's exactly what comes out when you run the program:
I didn't define any instruments, which is why they've all been converted as a Grand Piano (MIDI patch #0.)
If you'd like to try out the program, the source is available on its web page. Sorry, you'll need Linux for this one. (It should be pretty portable though, so if anyone wants to compile it under DOS and e-mail me an EXE I'll put it on that page too.) Let me know what you think of it!
Oh, and in case anyone else is looking for .dro specs in the future, I've documented them in a bit more detail now!