I have remastered the entire Marathon Infinity sounds file. The most obviously noticeable changes should be that many sounds are much less distorted (with the side effect of being noticeably quieter - adjust your system volume as needed), and sounds will feature approximations of upper frequencies that were missing on the originals. Many sounds that were originally 8-bit (a good example is the “got item” sound) will also be much less noisy. Detailed information on the changes is included as a .pdf with the download.
This should work with any Aleph One scenario that uses the vanilla Infinity sounds. It should also work with Marathon 2, provided that you run it on Aleph One - it probably won't work with the vanilla Marathon 2 apps for either Windows or Mac.
Important: YOU WILL NEED TO RESTART ALEPH ONE AFTER SELECTING THESE SOUNDS. (Bold and caps so you don’t miss it.) On the plus side, you’ll only have to do this once (unless you move back to the default for whatever reason).
Finally uploading a new version, primarily because I’d mixed up the “S’pht Door Closing” and “S’pht Door Opening” sounds. This is because the sounds file itself had them mixed up in the 8-bit sounds slot, which was what I was using to check that I’d uploaded the right versions of everything; and also because ShapeFusion also has them mixed up. (I’m supposing Anvil may also have mixed them up, but I haven’t checked.) In any case, the game seems to want them where the vanilla file has them in the 16-bit slots, so anyone else who wants to make new versions of the sounds should take note: The “S’pht Door Opening” and “S’pht Door Closing” sounds are mislabelled in ShapeFusion. (The mislabelling may also be true of the Pfhor Door sounds; I’d advise double-checking. However, I did not mix those up, because the 8-bit and 16-bit sounds for those are in the same slot.)
The other major change is that I have moved all of the sounds to the 8-bit slot rather than the 16-bit slot. These sounds are all 16-bit, but on the whole, the game doesn’t care one way or the other; it will still play them as 16-bit sounds. This does have one major drawback, though: YOU WILL NEED TO RESTART ALEPH ONE AFTER CHOOSING THESE SOUNDS. (This is in caps so people don’t miss it and complain about it.) On the plus side, you will only need to do this once (unless you go back to the default sounds for whatever reason). I think this is a caching issue with how Aleph One handles sounds, but I’m not sure. The advantage to moving them to the 8-bit slot is that if you accidentally select 8-bit sounds, you will no longer hear silence. Everything will sound really bad, but at least you’ll hear something!
I may also have revised a few of these sounds since 1.0. I didn’t keep detailed notes, so I have no idea what I changed.
Should you have any questions, you can contact me on the Pfhorums (same username as here), reddit (/u/aaronnotarobot), or Discord (Aaron#6608; you will need to be a member of the subreddit Discord – or some other Discord I’m in – to contact me). Enjoy!
- Uploaded Apr 10th 2020
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