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Old 06-06-2002, 08:49 AM   #1
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Question Help with SCUMM Revisited

I can't figure out how to play midifiles, look at images and things like that.. I want to be able to listen to the music from Sam & Max (have the cd version), but I can't figure out how the programmes work.. I feel really stupid, I have been browsing through the help pages for forever now.. It says somewhere that I should be able to play midi-files by just pressing the "play" button.. I can't find a play button anywhere in SCUMM Rev.

Please please help!!
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Old 06-06-2002, 09:56 AM   #2
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First of all, make sure you're using SCUMM Revisited 2. SCUMM Revisited 3 will not play back MIDIs.

The MIDIs and images of Sam and Max are stored in the file called something like samnmax.sm1. Open that file in SCUMM Revisited, and you'll see an entry (block) in the browser tree called LECF. Expand that, and you'll get more blocks - one LOFF block and a lot of LFLF blocks.

Expand one of the LFLF blocks, and you get more blocks (depending on which room is contained in this part of the file) - a ROOM block, some SCRP blocks (scripts), some COST blocks (character animations) and some SOUN blocks (sound effects and music - the voices are stored in the file called MONSTER.SOU). Some of those blocks may not be there. In that case, the room doesn't contain any sounds, or costumes, or scripts, depending on which type of block is missing.

If you find a SOUN block, expand that, and inside you'll find another block - SOU. Expand that, and you'll get the block you want - depending on the game and version, it's named something like SPK (internal speaker music), ADL (adlib music), GMD or GMID (General MIDI) or ROL (Roland MT-32 MIDI). Click on that one, and you should see the "Play" and "Save as .MID" buttons on the right (in the Block Specific Info box). Click one of those, depending on what you want.

Note that under WinXP, I've noticed SCUMM Revisited 2 making errors when playing MIDI. If you're using XP, you'll want to Save as .MID and open the file in your favorite MIDI player instead

Also, more generally, notice that these files are played exactly as they are. Meaning that since ADL files don't contain any instrument info, those blocks will sound weird. Since ROL files use different instrument numbers than the General MIDI standard your soundcard (and Windows) allows you to play by default, those will sound weird too. The only ones that will sound "right" are the GMD/GMID ones.

This also means that since iMUSE may use several different cues of music (which it jumps back and forth between as events occur in the game), and since all those cues are stored as different tracks which are placed "on top of each other" (iMUSE uses Standard MIDI File format 2 rather than the common format 1), a lot of times they may sound as total chaos when played back with SCUMMRev. You may want to open them in a MIDI sequencer and listen to each individual track - rather than all tracks at once.

Or, to avoid all the hassle, why not just download the files from http://highland.mixnmojo.com ? Getting those MIDIs to sound as they sound in the game was what Andrew and I created HighLand for in the first place Although we only did the MIDIs that others hadn't done already (I think about 7 Sam and Max MIDIs had already been done - the ones that didn't have multiple cues) - those are available from other sites on Mojo. Don't remember which, though. Go look

As for the background images, do the same as above, but browse to the LECF/LFLF/ROOM/RMIM block. Then a View Image button should appear on the right.

Hope this helps

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Old 06-06-2002, 10:04 AM   #3
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I hope you don't mind me changing the title of your thread. Others might be interested in this, so I felt it needed a title a bit more descriptive

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Old 06-06-2002, 06:08 PM   #4
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Originally posted by Serge
First of all, make sure you're using SCUMM Revisited 2. SCUMM Revisited 3 will not play back MIDIs.
I was using SCUMMRev 3 so that explained a lot...

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Or, to avoid all the hassle, why not just download the files from http://highland.mixnmojo.com ?
It sounds familiar, I think I've stumbled upon those midis before.. I'll look it up again though (Still, it's much more fun exploring the game on your own)

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Hope this helps
Yes, you has been VERY helpful..
Thank you *so* very much for all the info!

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