Definitive Guide to the Original UO Music

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  1. Nightwolf

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    Definitive Ultima Online Music Guide
    Source: Information and original files provided by the Ultima Digital Music Archive
    All Credit goes to them!
    http://dor-lomin.com/archive/ultima/musicarchive/uo/
    Description

    What this is,
    • The truest representation of Ultima Online's music (the closest you'll get to what the original composers Joe Basquez, Kirk Winterrowd intended)
    • An unaltered MP3 conversion directly from original MIDIs on a retail Ultima Online disc
    • MP3s were digitally recorded from a Roland SCC-1, the most advanced General MIDI synthesizer available at the time Ultima Online's music was composed
    • This is certainly the playback device preferred by the original composers
    • The audio detail provided by the Roland SCC-1 is comparable to going from 480p to 4K

    What this is NOT,
    • A remaster, remix, or reimagining
    • A conversion using the poor quality Windows' default MIDI sound module (a commonly seen conversion)
    • A conversion that you personally might prefer using your favorite consumer soundcard (Sound Blaster, Adlib, etc)

    Doesn't the UOR Installer come with this music?
    • No, the music in the UOR installer comes from an unverified conversion that contains either post-processing that has altered the original music or was converted using a custom MIDI sound canvas

    Sit back, turn up the volume, and enjoy! (experience may be enhanced while playing a Naturalist)

    Download
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/rb1y8n3xviwdsr9/UORMusic.zip?dl=0 (67.57 MB)

    Installation Instructions

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  2. Alex Caember

    Alex Caember Well-Known Member

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    The original UO music was amazing to me, even back when I first heard it in 1997. Stones remains one of my all-time favorites!

    Thanks for sharing this :)
  3. Awen

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    Same for me !

    Thanks Nightwolf
  4. Xainlich

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    I know I'm a bit late to the party here, but these are incredible. Thank you!

    I noticed there are music tracks with names that suggest the game was to have a larger soundtrack—e.g., dungeon2 and dungeon9. Any information on this? Does the game reference other tracks that are not present in the music folder? It would be cool to bring in music from elsewhere to fill in if that's the case.
  5. Steady Mobbin

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    Whoa, where has this thread been all my life!?!?

    Thanks!
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    Wow, this should be pinned!
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    Forgot how epic Jhelom, Linelle, Ocllo (Wind - forgot it carried the same music), forest sound with the original MIDIs
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    I wonder why they felt the need to remove all these?
  9. Buga

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    I knew about of these files but never bothered to test them, now I'm glad I saw this post :D sounds awesome. God bless Roland SCC-1!

    What happened to Magincia song? It is a totally different track.

    Edit: Just found that Wind also doesn't match, well it sounds exactly as Ocllo in the UOR Package. You can still do separate download directly from the webpage that seems to have the right track for Wind, http://dor-lomin.com/archive/ultima/musicarchive/uo/mp3/wind.mp3

    Edit2: Skara don't have music, skarabrae.mp3 should be skarabra.mp3 renamed it and now works.
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  10. Leopold

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    Wow this is awesome! I just found it from @Steady Mobbin 's signature in another thread. Thanks! I had downloaded the MIDI Files from my old 1997 UO CDROM and tried to do the conversion myself. It didn't sound right. Time to start playing with the original music. But I have to wonder, there was an alternative set on the CDROM that had more "8 bit" sounding versions, and I think that is what I remember from way back then. The website Buga linked to seems to suggest that the "beeping and bonking" is the exact same MIDI files but done through an inferior MIDI music generator?
  11. Buga

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    Hey Leopold,

    I also have the original midi files but they don't sound very well on modern audio cards (or chips) that's why those guys at: http://dor-lomin.com/archive/ultima/musicarchive/uo/ (the link is in the first thread) reproduced the sounds with a Roland audio card that is the most appropriate device to play those tracks and converted them to mp3 so you can play on any current audio chip and it will sound more or less the same as it was back then!

    The mp3 files that comes with the UOR package were converted from midi to mp3 too, I guess, but they do not sound very well compared to the files on that webpage.

    About the files I have, they came with the original 5.0.8.3 client and has two folders inside music named as 512k, 4MB, both have the same 26 midi files, but size varies, it is 1.15 MB vs 4.58 MB. I guess 4MB folder has better quality music.

    If you browse that webpage there is a bunch more info about all this.
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  12. Khari

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    Thank you so much for this! It is the first thing I looked up when I started playing again a few days ago. The original music holds such fond memories and feelings of nostalgia.
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