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  1. So I recently made a simple music mod for the Steam version of Sonic CD that restores the remaining missing PCM loops back to the JP soundtrack and makes the music loop the way it was originally intended to. It was supposed to just be for personal use, but I decided to upload it to Gamebanana since I figured somebody else might be interested in it. Then I got a comment asking if I could do the same thing for the US soundtrack with the Sonic the Hedgehog Boom album. Like the JP PCM loops, some of the extended parts of the album were added to the 2011 release but alot of it still goes unused. I wasn't sure if I could handle such a large request, I'm not a professional sound editor by any means, but I thought I'd give it a try anyway.

    After about a month of trial and error I managed to finish. Then someone said I should be using higher quality sources rather then using the low quality 80 kbps music from the 2011 release. At first I didn't think there was much of a point, the JP soundtrack has never been released completely in high quality. Every high quality release of the JP soundtrack either cuts parts of the music out or fades the music before it finishes. We do have a full release of the JP soundtrack thanks to the 510 beta, but unfortunately it's in the form of very low quality MP3s that sound even more compressed then the 2011 soundtrack. I also wasn't keen on the idea of having to redo the US soundtrack again, this time with even more tracks, but I figured I could at least try to piece together the most high quality sources available.

    So I completely redid the US soundtrack again, then I went to start doing JP soundtrack only to realize all my different sources are at noticeably different volume levels. I tried to match the volume levels by ear, but I wasn't satisfied with my attempts. After days of searching I learned about LUFS, which from what I understand is kind of the industry standard of matching audio levels. I managed to find a free program that tells me what the LUFS values are, but I had no way of using them because the audio editing program I was using - Audacity - didn't support them. But Audacity does support them in the newer versions. So I updated my version of Audacity to the latest version only to find out they removed this highlight feature that was instrumental in my editing process. So now I have to do now all my editing in Audacity 2.1.3, save the project file, open the project file in the latest version of Audacity, then finally enter the LUFS values and finally master the audio. This also means I'll have to redo the US soundtrack for a third time to make sure the audio levels are correct.

    So long story short, a very simple audio mod for Sonic CD has turned into a full on restoration for both soundtracks by someone who has no formal education or experience in sound editing.

    Wish me luck!

  2. Saw a familiar blue hedgehog in the Sunday comics today.  spacer.png


    1. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      - Forces




      that poor kid, no wonder he thought about wanting a blood thinner

    2. The Master

      The Master

      Thats Forces he's playing. Huh.

  3. That's kind of debatable because the series did show how Bunnie was roboticized, it was animated and everything, but it never aired on television. The original intro made for the pilot episode "HEADS OR TAILS" showed Sally shutting down the Roboticizer too late, resulting in Bunnie only being half roboticized. Unfortunately, the full intro is currently considered lost media. You could also debate whether or not the pilot is canon considering the pilot is slightly different to the actual series.
  4. Every character from anything should be available for reinterpretations. Imagine a world where Scrooge McDuck and the rest of Carl Bark's characters were never allowed to appear in anything besides Donald Duck comics. Imagine if Bebop, Rocksteady and Krang were never allowed in anything besides the 87 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. Imagine if Harley Quinn was only allowed in Batman projects set in the DC Animated Universe. Part of the fun of long running franchises is seeing new interpretations of old characters. If the Freedom Fighters did come back there is a possibility they could have different personalities with new history and that's ok. Different franchises do that all the time. A great example is post-reboot Archie's interpretation of Breezie from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. Maybe in this universe Sally isn't a princess, maybe Nicole in this universe eventually gets a robot body and changes her name to Bunnie Rabbot. Have fun, get creative. I'd rather see different interpretations of Sonic's history then to have Sega sweep it under the rug and pretend it never happened.
  5. The Tornado actually belongs to Sonic, he can pilot it just fine without Tails. The Japanese Sonic 2 manual says he used the Tornado to get to Westside Island before he even met Tails.
  6. I remember after playing Super Mario Advance thinking someday we would be playing Super Mario 64 on our Gameboys. I felt vindicated when Super Mario 64 DS was released. Now thanks to Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy are portable too. Super Mario Galaxy didn't even exist back when I used to dream of playing Super Mario 64 on my Gameboy.
  7. I'd have to go with the Genesis/SNES era to the PS2/Gamecube era, though probably not for reasons you might suspect. It's mostly just because that's the time period that really amazed me with what video games could do. Wow! Looks at those moving clouds! Wow! How did they get the music to sound like real instruments?!? Going from the Genesis/SNES to the PS1/N64 to the PS2/Gamecube felt like giant leaps in technology each time. Everything afterwards just felt the same, but ever so slightly better. This isn't a bad thing by any means - it just means that our imagination is no longer limited by the technology. I can't remember the exact quote or who said it, but they said something like: "The imperfections of technology will be what we are most nostalgic for." Things like the mistakes of a hand painted figure, the scratch on a record player, the fuzziness of VHS tapes - all imperfections - but so visually and auditorily distinct that we still cling on to these imperfections even by generations that didn't experience them. Luigi's Mansion always sticks into my mind because it's last time I was ever amazed by what the visuals in a video game can do. Specifically, the animation of Luigi turning the door knob in Luigi's Mansion. I still appreciate and love the visuals in video games, it's just that my enthusiasm has changed from "Wow! I can't believe they managed to do that!" to "Wow. That looks really good.".
  8. The earliest artwork with Chaos that I know of is from the original storyboards for the beginning of Sonic's story and this drawing of Perfect Chaos by Naoto Oshima. Chaos looks nearly identical to his final designs in both. Some speculate that the creature featured in the concept artwork from the MTV Sonic & Knuckles Special on the top left (6:00) next to Super Sonic might be a proto design for Chaos. I'm sorry that I can't be any more helpful then that.
  9. The weirdest thing ever to happen to me in a video game is the time I found a glitchy Yoshi in Super Mario World when I was like six or seven. It was in Forest of Illsusion 3. I went down the pipe to the secret exit like normal and inside the cave was a glitchy Yoshi. It didn't come out of a Qustion Block or anything it was just already there. It had the head of a Dry Bones and the body was a glitchy mess. I was able to ride it and used it to grab the key and use the secret exit. On the map screen the Yoshi sprite was normal but it kept flashing different colors. Since the secret exit led to Roy's Castle I picked the level with the glitchy Yoshi and was surprised that I was able to take this glitchy Yoshi into the castle with me. I ended up losing the glitchy Yoshi on the block elevator so it fell and slowly sank into the lava. I never found that glitchy Yoshi again. I've tried many times over the years to try and find a similar glitch like this documented online, but I never have.
  10. Those were just the origins of Sonic's shoes, and in Sonic the Comic's case also why Sonic is blue, not where he got his Super Speed from. Sonic was already super fast before he got his shoes from Dr. Kintobor or his Uncle Chuck. The only piece of media that I'm aware of to explain how Sonic got his speed and abilities in detail comes from the now non-canon Sega of America Bible/Stay Sonic Novel/Sega of America website. Basically, Sonic learned all his abilities from the animal friends you rescue in Sonic 1. All three sources say Sonic learned to run fast from the rabbit Pocky: "Johnny Lightfoot, a rabbit and Mobius's undisputed sprint champion at the time, coached Sonic, and soon he was able to outstrip every other creature in the forest." - Stay Sonic Pg 18. The pig Picky/Porker Lewis is only mentioned in in the bible and Flicky isn't mentioned in the Stay Sonic novel for some reason. In an early version of the bible a note in pen says "BORN FAST - NOT SUPERMAN W/O KRYPTONITE". Although Fleetway's Sonic the Comic used the Kintober origin story found in this early canon, it never used the origin of Sonic learning his speed and abilities from his friends.
  11. I've always wanted to see a new Tomb Raider game based on the original concept art.
  12. That's from a Sonic X fan comic, but Tracey Yardley did do the artwork. http://emeraldcoastcomics.net/Sonic_Eggs/issue2/Page-13.eggs
  13. Knuckles mentions Angel Island in the recap for Wild Canyon. "Once again, the Master Emerald was stolen from Angel Island." He also mentions being it's protector in the recap for Meteor Herd. "The pieces of the Master Emerald I collected are now floating in space. We should have secured them better in the shuttle cargo bay! It's not an easy job protecting the Master Emerald, you know?"
  14. I got a custom phone case for my new phone, my old one broke. It took me a while to find a place that makes custom cases for my phone, I ended up using a place called Case-Custom, but I'm really happy with how it came out.



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