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Civilization 1 For Windows - Complete Soundtrack Overhaul Mod

Discussion in 'Civ1 - General Discussions' started by Blake00, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. Blake00

    Blake00 Chieftain

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    From mod README file:

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    Civilization 1 For Windows - Complete Soundtrack Overhaul Mod
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    Contents:

    1. Information
    2. About
    3. Installation Instructions
    4. Known Issues
    5. Credits
    ======================================================================
    1. Information:

    Author: Blake
    Version: 1.0 09/06/2018
    E-mail: d_blakeley@yahoo.com
    Website: http://blakessanctum.x10.mx/ (If link doesn’t work Google it)
    News & Updates: http://blakessanctum.wordpress.com
    Demonstration Video: (COMING SOON HERE)
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    2. About:

    As someone who grew up playing the Dos version of Civilization I was frustrated when I tried the windows version and found that all the music tracks had been converted from midi to low quality 10-30sec WAV files. Some of Civ1’s music tracks went for minutes so a lot was lost, especially considering that the Civ1 intro goes for 3 minutes meaning you sat there in silence for 2.5 mins! There wasn’t much we could do about this in the 1990s as space was premium however these days a few big WAV files isn’t going to do any damage!

    So I decided to test replacing the game’s music files with high quality full length versions of the soundtrack and was pleased to discover that the game allowed them and on most occasions didn’t ‘chop end’ playing the music. I hunted across the internet and managed to discover on youtube a very special high quality genuine Roland MT-32 recording of all the Dos version tracks uploaded by BarbariaBros. He very kindly gave me his original uncompressed WAV files to use for this mod. You can find his uploaded copy HERE.

    I had the lower the quality a bit for the files to be compatible with the game (see known issues) however working from an uncompressed source instead of a youtube compressed file has produced a much better final product which I hope you all enjoy. Most people couldn’t afford a Roland MT-32 back in the day so this soundtrack mod for CivWin will give even experienced Dos Civ players a much upgraded music experience should they wish to jump ship!

    Finally if you’re someone like me who also prefers the graphics & colours of the Dos version but wants to play in the higher resolutions of CivWin then I recommend you try out Honzas ‘DOS Tileset for Civilization I for Windows’ mod which combined with my mod converts CivWin into the ultimate classic Civ 1 experience. I’ve been playing Civ 1 in 1080p HD on my 46 inch screen with both these mods and having a blast!
    Example Picture:
    https://forums.civfanatics.com/attachments/civwin01-png.494781/
    Honzas DOS Tileset for Civilization I for Windows mod:
    https://forums.civfanatics.com/resources/dos-tileset-for-civwin.8830/
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    3. Installation Instructions:

    * Just to be safe I recommend you backup all of your WAV files in your CivWin install folder just in case you don’t like the mod or it causes an unforeseen bug I haven’t already listed below.
    * To install just simply extract all the WAV files out of the 7zip archive file into your CivWin install folder overriding all of the old music WAV files in there. If you don’t have 7zip installed, you should as it’s better than all the others. ;) https://www.7-zip.org/
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    4. Known Issues:

    * 24,000Hz 16bit Mono WAV format was the highest the game would accept during my testing. If anyone knows of a way to trick the game into using higher quality files (eg 44,000Hz stereo) let me know!

    * Unlike the DOS version CivWin uses only 1 track for both the title sequence and the evolution intro. Forcing me to combine both songs into one track that fits the 3 minute length of the intro sequence. As a result I had to edit out a few ‘slow’ bits.

    * Music stops playing in Diplomacy screen once you start pressing the ok button. Unfortunately this would require someone very skilled with hacking the Civ1Win game files to fix.

    I had no other issues with my Windows XP VirtualBox VM CivWin test install, however I had these extra issues occur on my Windows 98 DosBox VM CivWin test install:

    * Music starts playing when you receive the "an emissary wishes to speak with you" message however it sometimes stops playing when you continue into the diplomacy screen.

    * Sometimes after the above issue all sounds & music would stop working and only restarting the VM would fix it. Not sure if it's the virtual OS or the VM program.

    Note: All tests were done with CivWin version 1.2.0. Other versions of the game may produce different results. Testing in other Virtual Machine software or other Operating Systems may also produce different results. CivWin will not work on 64 bit Windows hence why a VM is required.
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    5. Credits:

    * Original Civilization 1 Soundtrack composed by Jeff Briggs
    * High quality genuine Roland MT-32 recordings done by BarbariaBros
    * File conversions, editing, mod assembly & release by Blake
    ======================================================================

    DOWNLOAD HERE:
    https://forums.civfanatics.com/reso...ndows-complete-soundtrack-overhaul-mod.26905/

    (large attachments don't seem to be working so I've had to host it elsewhere)
     
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2018
  2. Blake00

    Blake00 Chieftain

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    Arrrghh.. I uploaded the mod file as an attachment and yet its not in the post. Now when I try to edit the post will full options to try uploading again I get an error screen saying this:

    "This page isn’t working
    Chrome detected unusual code on this page and blocked it to protect your personal information (for example, passwords, phone numbers and credit cards).
    Try visiting the site's homepage.
    ERR_BLOCKED_BY_XSS_AUDITOR"

    Trust my usual luck to release a mod right when you guys are having technical difficulties lol.

    Oh well for now I'll host the mod myself. CivWin players can get it from here:
    https://forums.civfanatics.com/reso...ndows-complete-soundtrack-overhaul-mod.26905/
     
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2018
  3. CivZ

    CivZ Chieftain

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    Those are very nice tunes! Many thanks to you and BarbariaBros for all the work put into this!
     
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