M-DRIVE 16-bit Music Pack: Official Thread

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The M-DRIVE 16-bit music pack is now up for grabs, and I personally am vibrating with excitement! Or maybe that cup of tea wasn't decaf. Either way, the pack has been incredibly fun and equally challenging to create, and is easily the biggest single project I have ever completed. This here is the official discussion thread, a place to ask about and discuss anything M-DRIVE!

Got thoughts, feedback, questions, issues, constructive or destructive criticism, unrelated memes*, hate speech*, death threats*, death wishes*, or even suggestions for possible future sequels or expansions**? Or even even a link to a game you've used M-DRIVE in? Post them all here! I'll do my best to answer all of your questions, and if any issues are found that slipped through my paws and made their way into the music pack, please let me know, and I'll see about ironing them out and getting the pack updated.

Thanks to everyone who gave their support in this project, and a MASSIVE thank you to anyone who buys and uses the pack! I hope it serves your games well, and I can't wait to see what people will do with it!


*Please try to keep posts on-topic, courteous of fellow forum users and within the code of conduct.

**Yes, future sequels or expansions might indeed happen at some point if the pack proves popular!
 

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  1. Can it be used in other RPG Makers, not just MV and Ace? :) I haven't bought it, so, please, nobody say "read the EULA". >:(
  2. Also, can it be used in completely different game engines, such as Unreal Engine?
  3. What about Kadokawa/Degica/Enterbrain's other products, like VNM and IG Maker?
 

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  1. Can it be used in other RPG Makers, not just MV and Ace?
  2. Also, can it be used in completely different game engines, such as Unreal Engine?
  3. What about Kadokawa/Degica/Enterbrain's other products, like VNM and IG Maker?
I've formatted the music pack to be easy to drop into RPG Makers 2003, XP, VX and VX Ace, and MV, and while I can't confirm it without either buying it myself or having someone else let us know (and please do if someone reads this!), hopefully Degica have left it formatted that way, with a folder for each of the above RPG Maker versions ready to go.

You'll find among them files suitable for Visual Novel Maker and IG Maker, too. There are MP3s and OGGs of several different formats (loops with and without intros, and versions designed to play once from start to finish) for every track, as well as straight-looping M4As.

Products bought through the RPG Maker store are licensed only for use in RPG Maker, IG Maker and Visual Novel Maker, but you CAN technically use it in any engine and platform that'll take an MP3, OGG or M4A (which should be pretty much any engine). If you want a license to use it in engines other than Degica's, you'll need to buy the pack elsewhere. I think directly linking it here is severely frowned upon by the mods, and understandably so, but you can find it if you look. *Surreptitiously points towards his forum profile as a starting point*
 

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I bought the pack as a guy who grew up on Mega Drive games and is currently making an RPG with a Streets of Rage inspired aesthetic. Loving the music so far and hoping you make more of them in the future! :) (Also, just noticed you're a fellow Brit, awesome!)
 

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I bought the pack as a guy who grew up on Mega Drive games and is currently making an RPG with a Streets of Rage inspired aesthetic. Loving the music so far and hoping you make more of them in the future! :) (Also, just noticed you're a fellow Brit, awesome!)
Thank you for buying the pack! An RPG with Streets of Rage inspired aesthetics sounds like a really interesting combination, and I can definitely see some of M-DRIVE's tracks suiting it. I hope I get a chance to see it when it's done!

I am definitely thinking of doing more M-DRIVE sometime in the future, though how near or far that future would be is difficult to say at this point.
 

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So I picked up this pack a few days ago and I've gotta say I'm in love with it! It has bit of a super hydlide feel (in a good way, I swear) to it and I've already got ideas for what to do with the tracks. Seriously, this pack is top quality and I can't wait to see more like it.:)
 

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Where's the bootup jingle for the platform logo?

MEE-EEGA
 

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I love it! I just love it. Only two reasons I'm not buying it right now: it's a bit expensive for now, and I'd have a huge problem including it in my game. From the preview I feel like it's a perfect fit for a retro-retro game (think NES), but for a more modern rpg it will be a very hard fit.
Doesn't mean it's not a huge joy to listen to, though!!
 

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So I picked up this pack a few days ago and I've gotta say I'm in love with it! It has bit of a super hydlide feel (in a good way, I swear) to it and I've already got ideas for what to do with the tracks. Seriously, this pack is top quality and I can't wait to see more like it.:)
Whoo, Super Hydlide! It's funny how many people have been crawling out of the woodwork since M-DRIVE released with "this reminds me of X game!," and it's always one nobody ever talks about and yet is one I remember, and probably drew inspiration from somewhere or other in the pack. =P (In Super Hydlide's case... mainly the whistle melody sound in Ride Away.)


Where's the bootup jingle for the platform logo?

MEE-EEGA
I would have included it, but it would have taken up a quarter of the space on the cartridge.


I love it! I just love it. Only two reasons I'm not buying it right now: it's a bit expensive for now, and I'd have a huge problem including it in my game. From the preview I feel like it's a perfect fit for a retro-retro game (think NES), but for a more modern rpg it will be a very hard fit.
Doesn't mean it's not a huge joy to listen to, though!!
I'm flattered by the praise the pack is receiving from so many people!

There happens to be a link on my website to download a demo game which was made with stock RTP graphical assets in RPG Maker VX Ace, but with audio entirely from M-DRIVE. You might be surprised by how well the pack winds up fitting without using retro graphics, too. If a game entirely uses a sampled orchestral score, though, and then suddenly switches to an M-DRIVE track for anything other than a minigame or other similarly different scenario, I could see it being rather jarring to the listener. It was never my intent for the pack's tracks to fit into anything and everything.

Fun fact, my brother and I also found M-DRIVE oddly fitting to play to fantasy adventure board games. >w<
 

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