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    Media X-Men 2: Clone Wars - Full OST properly ripped for the first time!



    Recorded from real Sega Genesis, Model 2 w/ASIC YM3438 +MegaAmp mod

    General/Tech info
    This is a soundtrack I have wanted to record for a while. It has no sound test, and context sensitive music on top of that. There isn't really a good recording of it out there, until now (I hope).

    GEMS bank data, and the actual Z80 driver, was ripped from the game by disassembling the ROM and finding the appropriate pointers. (The easiest way to do this is to look for the gemsinit code, set a breakpoint and check what is pushed onto the stack for the call). This bank data was inserted into a custom playback ROM, similar to how I have done some other GEMS games, with the added ability to manipulate the mailbox feature, described below.

    This game uses the GEMS mailbox feature to communicate what character(s) is/are currently selected. This is why, until now, recordings of the game have been incomplete. It took me quite a bit of time to figure out how this worked in the disassembly. The entire game uses a big jump table and a small-code model, which means that the resulting disassembly is quite hard to read.

    Some sequences take advantage of this mailbox thing and play a fitting melody for each character. If it is a two player game, two melodies will even play at the same time! My recording does not contain these versions because including every single combination of 2 players would make this video hours long. I did however include each character's version of a track edited into a "medley" if possible. Anyway, they have been "gently" spliced together into a whole piece except where noted.

    Siberia
    You may hear some clicks in the music; this is accurate playback.

    The Clone Wars
    Actually comprised of multiple sequences being triggered in order. This is sometimes a little audible in the form of a shaky tempo between transitions.

    Sentinel Escape
    The part where you have to run the level backward with the timer ticking down. Nothing notable except most recordings are missing this for some reason.

    Avalon Intro
    A snippet that plays before the "Outside Avalon" sequence in-game. I let it ring to completion.

    Climbing the Temple
    Magneto's version of the theme doesn't loop right. You won't hear it in this recording but it happens in the game too; I just assume nobody ever uses Magneto for this level!

    Inside the Temple
    Runs at 120bpm internally; plays at 114bpm in-game. Recorded at the in-game tempo.

    Savage Land 2
    At some point during the first loop, the bass gets louder and stays that way for the rest of the song. This might be a bug, but in the medley I took this into account and edited accordingly.

    Magneto's Quarters / Phalanx Queen
    These are the same song, the difference is the Magneto one plays a little slower at about 125bpm. I include both.

    The Lab
    I couldn't edit these together well so I just recorded them separately.

    Brainchild etc.
    This is in multiple parts triggered by what part of the boss you are fighting. Typically, you hear them for all of 5 seconds before the boss changes forms and the music changes to the main theme that is also used for Exodus. The official X-Men 2 arranged soundtrack has them all together in the same song, so I have arranged them roughly in the same way.

    Composed by
    Kurt Harland
    Mark Miller
    Nu Romantic Productions
    Last edited by Barone; 05-01-2016 at 01:20 AM.

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    This is awesome. Thanks for the link Barone!

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    You're welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEGA-Jorge View Post
    This is awesome. Thanks for the link Barone!
    Seconded!

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    There was already a ripped soundtrack here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFLS...aBQlLCN3hrS0WV
    Megaamp is nice though

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    But not properly ripped. That version doesn't include the lead lines of each character (you can read the details in the OP and in the audiophile's release notes).

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    This is nice. Is that you ripping all these? If so, good job.

    I listened to it completely last night. I was always curious about why the music always seemed to change in this game. I guess it changes depending on the character you choose. Pretty interesting soundtrack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raijin View Post
    This is nice. Is that you ripping all these? If so, good job.
    No. I don't even know the guy, I just follow his YT channel.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raijin View Post
    I listened to it completely last night. I was always curious about why the music always seemed to change in this game. I guess it changes depending on the character you choose. Pretty interesting soundtrack.
    Yep, I owned this game when I was a kid and I've always dug its soundtrack. The thing about each character having its own theme I've always thought to be a great plus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raijin View Post
    I listened to it completely last night. I was always curious about why the music always seemed to change in this game. I guess it changes depending on the character you choose. Pretty interesting soundtrack.
    Is this why this is a big deal? Similar to how the official NiGHTS into dreams soundtrack did not include all in-game variations of all the different pieces of music?

    Never played X-MEN 2 much and only had any interest due to Harland's Information Society background.

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    An official soundtrack probably had clues from the artist as to what should be the "canon" melody, though.

    Also honestly I didn't even notice there were variations of each track o_o Guess it shows how I'd always play the same characters.

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    I've been waiting a long time for this! Every now and then I would search youtube to check if the songs for each character were uploaded and could never find them until now.

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    The individual who put this together posts on SpritesMind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mask of Destiny View Post
    The individual who put this together posts on SpritesMind.
    Mandatory registration to visualize though.

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    That's annoying. Well here's a thread where he was trying to figure out why his sound test ROM was not working on the real hardware.

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