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Dink Smallwood v1.08 Aural+

August 6th 2006, 12:26 AM
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redink1
King Male United States xbox steam bloop
A mother ducking wizard 
After tinkering with the source code for a good chunk of today, I present: Dink Smallwood v1.08 Aural+.

* No midi lag in Windows 2000 / XP.
* Automatic MP3 support (i.e. if you try to play 101.mid, it will try to play 101.mp3 first).
* Custom MP3/Anything support (i.e. playmidi("gorillaz.mp3") or playmidi("gorillaz.wav") might work).

WARNING: This has only been tested on my machine. It seems to work well enough. I know it requires a recent version of DirectX, but I don't know what version.

Oh, and thanks to Merlin for sending me code (a few months ago) for fixing the midi-lag issue with DirectMusic. I didn't end up using it for Aural+ because of some DirectMusic issues, but it certainly helped get things rolling.

Update: D-Mods Designed For Aural+:

Attack of the Evil Wizard
Dink Goes Hunting
Prelude
August 6th 2006, 01:40 AM
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...Wow... Aweomse... I've been writing an original score for my upcoming dmod, and with this new mp3 capability, it can be heard in it's true glory, and not in midi format. This is too cool. Hm... one problem though... It seems to crash after playing around 30 seconds of an mp3 on my machine, and I'm pretty sure I have the latest directx. I'll check up on that. Anyway, thanks, redink!!
August 6th 2006, 02:14 AM
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merlin
Noble Male
 
You need at least DirectX 8 for DirectMusic/Sound stuff.
August 6th 2006, 03:56 AM
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DaVince
Peasant Male Netherlands steam
Olde Time Dinkere 
Superb, man. Will check it out once I'm on my Dink PC.
August 6th 2006, 06:24 AM
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Christiaan
Bard Netherlands xbox
Lazy bum 
Totally cool man. Some people might be able to really do something with the mp3 support, (though I hope pop songs and the like will be reduced to a minimum) but the no midi lag is awesome. And it's out... so fast! I'm going to try it as soon as I get home.
August 6th 2006, 07:55 AM
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redink1
King Male United States xbox steam bloop
A mother ducking wizard 
A couple things:

Merlin: It doesn't use DirectMusic (which would not play some midis correctly), it uses DirectShow.

Others: I will not upload D-Mods that include .mp3 files. However, I will allow patch .dmod files that include the .mp3 files seperately. It is unlikely that many Dinkers will install Aural+, and it makes no sense to increase the filesize of a D-Mod for everyone.

Also, the .mp3 files must be either:

a) Your own creation (i.e. composed and/or sung by yourself).
b) Used with permission from the copyright holder(s).
c) Public domain.

There's no way I'll upload files that contain, say, AC/DC songs and the like.

Now, if you wanted to, you could write up an optional track list, and someone could fill your D-Mod full of AC/DC songs themselves. But you can't distribute it here on The Dink Network.
August 6th 2006, 09:02 AM
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kth6
Peasant
 
so is this a Open Beta?
August 6th 2006, 09:39 AM
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Hmm... yeah, just checked and my DirectX is the current version, tried different mp3's too, and it still crashes after playing the first 30 seconds or so. Any idea why this is happening?

EDIT: Nevermind, I think it's a problem with my code, it's just the fact that I've never sat on that screen for long enough to make it crash until I decided to test the mp3's... (BTW slightly off-topic... what does "Dink:Couldn't find unused buffer for script." mean in debug.txt?)
August 6th 2006, 10:14 AM
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redink1
King Male United States xbox steam bloop
A mother ducking wizard 
I don't know why it would be crashing. I can play whole MP3s without crashes. Are you trying it in a D-Mod, or the original game? I've been doing most of my testing in the original, but I don't think it would make that much of a difference.
August 6th 2006, 02:19 PM
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DaVince
Peasant Male Netherlands steam
Olde Time Dinkere 
I tested the program, and it works fine for me.

I'm gonna get all original Dink MIDIs and convert them to mp3s with high-quality instruments. Should be good.
August 6th 2006, 03:01 PM
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redink1
King Male United States xbox steam bloop
A mother ducking wizard 
If you have the Dink CD, you could also convert the CD tracks to use in place of 17 of the midis.
August 6th 2006, 03:58 PM
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Striker
Noble United States steam
Daniel, there are clowns. 
Exactly. We would never tolerate any copyrighted material in a d-mod here; no sir!
August 6th 2006, 04:15 PM
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redink1
King Male United States xbox steam bloop
A mother ducking wizard 
People are sued over MP3s, not MIDIs.
August 6th 2006, 04:57 PM
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DaVince
Peasant Male Netherlands steam
Olde Time Dinkere 
I only wish I had the original soundtrack... The MIDIs put through a good instrument library sounds much better too, anyway.
August 6th 2006, 08:41 PM
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Striker
Noble United States steam
Daniel, there are clowns. 
Yeah, I know the reasoning. I was speaking more of graphics and wavs... but mostly I was just joking around. Of course, as usual, I forgot the emoticon
August 7th 2006, 10:20 PM
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Chrispy
Peasant Male Canada
I'm a man, but I can change, if I have to.I guess. 
So full length movies are still okay then?
August 7th 2006, 10:23 PM
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redink1
King Male United States xbox steam bloop
A mother ducking wizard 
Har

Funnily enough, the playmidi function can play movie files now. They pop up in a seperate window... and I'm really not sure how that happens, as I didn't do anything to support it directly. Just try something like this:

playmidi("blah.avi");
August 10th 2006, 04:41 PM
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joshriot
Bard United States
keep it real 
redink1 is right, record companies are freaking crazy about mp3s. i guarantee people using metallica songs in dmods will get some attention in not very long. lars will personally come to dans house and kick his ass. trust me.

honestly, i agree 100% though. people using mp3s in dmods is a negative thing. UNLESS

they are 100% original songs. like for instance if i made all the songs myself i should be able to use them.

its just the same thing as when i make my own midi files accept i have more freedom to create music. because composing midi files has lots of limitations and isnt consistent on different computers

say someone composes mp3 songs for their own dmod, i think this is a positive thing

does this mean i can make MP3 MAYHEM now?

think about it ink, "been shot down" live with christiaan on guitar and tal playing bass. you know you want it! hahahaha
August 10th 2006, 05:27 PM
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DaVince
Peasant Male Netherlands steam
Olde Time Dinkere 
"lars will personally come to dans house and kick his ass. trust me."
No, because the creator of the Dmod is at fault, not Dan.

I think there are plenty of people around capable of making mp3s here. Like me. And you.
August 10th 2006, 05:46 PM
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joshriot
Bard United States
keep it real 
ITS ALL DANS FAULT. HE BROKE THE OIL PIPELINE IN ALASKA. I SWEAR TO GOD
August 10th 2006, 06:12 PM
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joshriot
Bard United States
keep it real 
so i have a 78.3 mb zipped file of music! hahha

so yeah i should probably cut it in half a dozen times

what would you say, redink1, would be a reasonable size

these are all original .mp3 files

except a few .jpg files i accidently put in that carrie sent me(inappropriate)
August 10th 2006, 06:25 PM
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carrie2004
Peasant Female Canada
*chomp* 
*shhh* Josh!

As for the whole mp3 thing, I think it's cool but if people go
nuts with it then I doubt my poor computer will be able to handle
it.

EDIT: "been shot down" live with christiaan on guitar and tal playing bass - I do want it!!
August 11th 2006, 06:30 AM
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DaVince
Peasant Male Netherlands steam
Olde Time Dinkere 
Tried setting the quality to 64kbps and maybe 33075 Hz? These two often make quite a difference in an mp3's file size.
August 11th 2006, 08:13 AM
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Chrispy
Peasant Male Canada
I'm a man, but I can change, if I have to.I guess. 
I thought that the new version of Dink supported OGG? If so, squish those files down to 64 or 32 kbps and letter go.
August 11th 2006, 12:57 PM
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Tal
Noble Male United States xbox steam
Super Sexy Tal Pal 
Not that I recall... and I was basically listening (well, via text) during the entire development process of the patch...
August 11th 2006, 03:38 PM
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merlin
Noble Male
 
It would not be too hard to add ogg vorbis support, considering it's already done in Windemere. Just open the ogg.cpp (or vorbis.cpp) file and adapt it to DirectX.
August 11th 2006, 04:18 PM
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Glennglenn
Peasant Male Norway steam
GlennGlenn doesn't want a custom title. 
This is a very ncie upgrade, since the midi lag coul really make me angry sometimes.
August 11th 2006, 10:43 PM
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joshriot
Bard United States
keep it real 
ill leave it up to redink1 for what file type/size whatever just let me know if you want a mp3 pack or what
August 11th 2006, 10:48 PM
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redink1
King Male United States xbox steam bloop
A mother ducking wizard 
MP3 pack(s) would be nice. Maybe in 20 MB chunks?
August 12th 2006, 03:04 PM
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cypry
Peasant Male Romania
Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice. 
20MB... a bit too much for my dial-up. Could you at least make an alternative to let us download the files separately?
August 12th 2006, 05:46 PM
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joshriot
Bard United States
keep it real 
ok i picked out 11 of mb i think would be somewhat fitting for a dmod (5 songs) to start out. if people think this is a good idea and want more i can compose music specifically for dink and use other stuff i have made but tweak it around a little to be more video-game-ish
August 12th 2006, 07:08 PM
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Yay! More Riot Music!
August 12th 2006, 09:31 PM
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I have a Motif E-58 synth~~~ You should be jealous.
August 13th 2006, 11:31 AM
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joshriot
Bard United States
keep it real 
ive never even heard of "motif"
August 13th 2006, 11:40 AM
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MadStalker
Peasant Male Finland
tag line 
I have 5 electric guitars, one electric bass, a electroacoustic, 2 amplifiers and 2 drumkits. The other kit is in a quite crappy condition, though.
August 13th 2006, 12:08 PM
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kikki
Peasant Male United Kingdom
This place has changed :) 
Yes it's a shame that you're still incredibly boring though
August 13th 2006, 03:16 PM
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Tal
Noble Male United States xbox steam
Super Sexy Tal Pal 
And it's a shame that, well, you're Jamie...
Zing!

Really though, where'd that come from?
August 13th 2006, 03:42 PM
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DaVince
Peasant Male Netherlands steam
Olde Time Dinkere 
"20MB... a bit too much for my dial-up. Could you at least make an alternative to let us download the files separately?"

Read above posts... MP3s aren't even ALLOWED in the Dmod file, but have to be delivered SEPERATELY.
August 13th 2006, 03:55 PM
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kikki
Peasant Male United Kingdom
This place has changed :) 
"Really though, where'd that come from?"

Bad day at work
August 14th 2006, 10:49 PM
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Tal
Noble Male United States xbox steam
Super Sexy Tal Pal 
Excuses, excuses.. I haven't slept in about 32 hours and I'm feeling fine
August 14th 2006, 11:21 PM
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Don't forget Tal, unlike you- they are only human.
August 14th 2006, 11:45 PM
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Chrispy
Peasant Male Canada
I'm a man, but I can change, if I have to.I guess. 
As you grow older, you need even less sleep, so, theoretically, you could one day be getting negative sleep.
August 14th 2006, 11:58 PM
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Maybe Kobold is like 100 years old...
August 15th 2006, 12:48 AM
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Tal
Noble Male United States xbox steam
Super Sexy Tal Pal 
heh, actually.. I've been staying up pretty late recently (or early, it's all in perspective), sometimes up to 6 AM. I stayed at a friend's house last night, and unlike me, he still attends grade school, so he went to bed at about 11.. I'd only been up since 2, though, so I wasn't quite ready for sleep, but since I had nothing better to do I attempted rest. So I curled up in a blanket on the floor from 11 to 6... eyes wide open. My pal left for school shortly after 6, so I took over his bed, where I remained from 6 to 1, again with my eyes open the entire time.

Fourteen hours. But it didn't seem too agonizing after the first, oh, three or four hours.
August 15th 2006, 01:14 AM
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As I said before- Humans need sleep- that you do not only justifies my claim.
August 15th 2006, 07:56 AM
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Chrispy
Peasant Male Canada
I'm a man, but I can change, if I have to.I guess. 
Have you ever read about polyphasic sleep? I've been making a go at it, and you can seriously cut back on the amount of hours of sleep you need.
August 15th 2006, 08:01 AM
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kikki
Peasant Male United Kingdom
This place has changed :) 
Please Chrispy, explain?
August 15th 2006, 08:32 AM
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magicman
Peasant Male Netherlands steam duck
Mmmm, pizza. 
August 15th 2006, 10:31 AM
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cypry
Peasant Male Romania
Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice. 
I have a bug to report: While(and after) you play certain MP3s, the screens won't scroll anymore. Usually, when you move from a screen to another, they scroll, but after playing certain MP3s(all the MP3s I tried, except for joshriot's ones, that for unknown reasons seemd to work fine), it's just like you're warped from a part of screen to another, and the screen suddenly changes. Do you have this problem too?
August 15th 2006, 04:55 PM
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redink1
King Male United States xbox steam bloop
A mother ducking wizard 
Are your MP3 filenames under the 14 character limit of the playmidi function?
August 15th 2006, 07:14 PM
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Chrispy
Peasant Male Canada
I'm a man, but I can change, if I have to.I guess. 
Steve Pavlina and his website (stevepavlina.com) talk a fair bit of his 5 month stint as a polyphasic sleeper. His is the method I follow, the 15 min nap every 4th hours (4, 8 & 12, repeat). The first few days are rough, but it gets better from there, *if* you stick to the schedual. If you crash, and oversleep, you nearly have to re-start.

Other forms include having a 'core' sleep over one of the periods, usually something like 12am-4am, that's also the hardest period to stay awake, as there is very little to do, if you don't plan it right. You can also sleep in different patterns as well, such as 30 min every 6 hours, 10 min every 2 hours, etc, etc. Whichever works, is what works.

Missing a nap however, is basically like staying up for an entire night while monophasic. There's no point in sleeping 30 min late, or early, as you will either not be able to nap, or oversleep. If you push through to the next nap, and regain the schedual, you ger back to normal, and it's all good.

I can basically sleep nearly anywhere now, and it is always refreshing. I hardly ever need to use my alarms to wake up, and I'm never drowsy after sleeping. It also helps that I have a job that can accomidate my schedual. Sure, I have to get to work half an hour early and late, but I gain over 6 hours of off-time work. That more than makes up for it.

It's not for everyone. If you are to much of a socialite, you'll never pull it off, as you need to be fairly anal about the schedual. There is no give and take, unless you like feeling like a zombie. It also helps to have supportting/uncaring, friends, familiy, etc, as if you end up arguing with people who are trying to *save you from yourself*, they will likely succeed, either through sabatoge of your naps, or they will take up so much of your time with arguing and fighting, that you will have gained no time at all, and the emotional toll will be large. (One of my friends is going through this righr now, everyone is thinking he is pushing himself to hard, when in reality, it's almost too easy to stick to it)

I doubt I will voluntairliy switch back to monophasic sleep; I doubt I could sleep for 6 hours if I tried. Plus, the world looks a lot different at night as opposed to the day. If you ever want to see what would happen if your town turned into a ghost town, go for a run around 2-4.
August 15th 2006, 08:57 PM
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magicman
Peasant Male Netherlands steam duck
Mmmm, pizza. 
And it greatly improves your spelling, so why not
August 16th 2006, 07:33 AM
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Phoenix
Peasant Male Norway steam
Back from the ashes 
Chrispy has never been the winner of the spelling bee anyway, so don't blame it on the rain. Er, I mean, sleep pattern.
August 16th 2006, 07:15 PM
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Chrispy
Peasant Male Canada
I'm a man, but I can change, if I have to.I guess. 
I can truthfully say that I've never made five errors in a three letter word.
September 27th 2006, 03:45 PM
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DaVince
Peasant Male Netherlands steam
Olde Time Dinkere 
Well, I'm bringing up an old topic, but I can't find this program in any download page on the left of the site at all! I had to look for this topic to get it... Kinda weird, innit?

EDIT: well, the app seems kinda instable... The two contest games with mp3's both crashed... Attack of the Evil Wizard crashed immediately, and Prelude crashed when I entered the cave. Sigh...
September 27th 2006, 07:02 PM
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redink1
King Male United States xbox steam bloop
A mother ducking wizard 
Aural+ will probably not be formally released. It is just something I spent a few hours working on.

As you've experienced, some people experience some weird crashing issues. Aural+ has worked fine for me, so I don't really have any idea how to fix it.
September 28th 2006, 02:51 AM
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DaVince
Peasant Male Netherlands steam
Olde Time Dinkere 
Okay, too bad, because there are even some minute-made Dmods in the downloads list, and this one is better than those.

I have three computers so I'll be sure to try the games with MP3s on my other computers, then.

EDIT: Oh, I guess a sticky post will do too.
October 1st 2006, 10:03 PM
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Odd, I don't know why Attack of the Evil Wizard would crash... There are no MP3's in the beginning...
October 2nd 2006, 06:22 PM
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Glennglenn
Peasant Male Norway steam
GlennGlenn doesn't want a custom title. 
Why isn't this version added to the "Official files" section?
October 3rd 2006, 09:31 AM
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Christiaan
Bard Netherlands xbox
Lazy bum 
Maybe because it isn't an official file?
October 3rd 2006, 11:03 AM
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rabidwolf9
Peasant Male United States steam
twitch.tv/rabidwolf9 
What about Source Projects?
October 3rd 2006, 11:36 AM
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Tyrsis
Peasant Female Russia
 
AOTEW crashes because its script files (*.d) are corrupted
October 3rd 2006, 01:23 PM
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Yeah, I changed the scripts to the orginal source and submitted it...

For AURAL, I would say one thing... Miscellaneous Add-On.
December 11th 2006, 04:48 AM
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Harshit
Peasant Male India
Milderr!! 4: Return of the Legend 
Is there any dmod released yet which has mp3 music? For which this Aural+ vs would be useful.
December 11th 2006, 06:13 AM
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SabreTrout
Noble Male United Kingdom
Tigertigertiger. 
Prelude, by joshriot. An entry in the recent "Failure D-mod" contest, I believe it is also the first MP3 d-mod.
December 11th 2006, 10:37 AM
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Erwin
Peasant Male Netherlands xbox
Friendship is magic 
My new D-Mod "Dink Goes Hunting" has one mp3.
December 11th 2006, 03:14 PM
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Harshit
Peasant Male India
Milderr!! 4: Return of the Legend 
So Erwin is your mp3 included in the dgh.dmod file?
December 12th 2006, 10:46 AM
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Erwin
Peasant Male Netherlands xbox
Friendship is magic 
Yep!

By the way: is your name Hash-it or Har-sh*t?
December 12th 2006, 01:37 PM
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Harshit
Peasant Male India
Milderr!! 4: Return of the Legend 
It is Harsh-it. You can call me Harsh.
December 12th 2006, 01:50 PM
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Erwin
Peasant Male Netherlands xbox
Friendship is magic 
Ok I was just curious . Yeah I think it will be better to call you Harsh because the swearfilter turns your name into Harshoot .
December 12th 2006, 02:16 PM
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Harshit
Peasant Male India
Milderr!! 4: Return of the Legend 
Yes I encountered that problem while writing my profile.
December 12th 2006, 03:24 PM
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Striker
Noble United States steam
Daniel, there are clowns. 
Ah, the swear-filter... an endless source of amusement if there ever was one.
December 14th 2006, 11:34 AM
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Harshit
Peasant Male India
Milderr!! 4: Return of the Legend 
So as yet there are only two dmods which use mp3.
It would good if their link is given along with the aural+ at the 1st post of this thread by redink1. So that whoever downloads it knows where to use it. And for others it would be a reason to download it if there are sufficient no. of dmods displayed.
Redink1 please modify your post(now and) whenever any new mp3 dmod is uploaded on the network.

Thanks
December 17th 2006, 08:56 AM
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Harshit
Peasant Male India
Milderr!! 4: Return of the Legend 
I see that he did not reply or modify his post.
Any better way to contact him?
December 17th 2006, 10:13 AM
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rabidwolf9
Peasant Male United States steam
twitch.tv/rabidwolf9 
You could PM him? Go to new topic and make a private message. Keep in mind that some people actually have lives and don't visit the DN every single day
December 17th 2006, 05:49 PM
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Harshit
Peasant Male India
Milderr!! 4: Return of the Legend 
I found him online twice. That's why. But I guess he did not read it. So I will wait till he does.

Anyways I dont care much about the aural+. Its about another thread addressed to him.
December 17th 2006, 06:38 PM
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Tal
Noble Male United States xbox steam
Super Sexy Tal Pal 
Well, we Dink Network staffers visit the site on a regular basis, but when it comes to accomplishing anything we can be rather slow. Example: WinDinkEdit Plus 1.1
December 17th 2006, 10:50 PM
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redink1
King Male United States xbox steam bloop
A mother ducking wizard 
Thanks for the idea, Harshit, I modified the original post.
November 9th 2007, 09:05 AM
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Gweanar
Peasant Male Netherlands xbox
Current project: D-Mod creator system {80%} compl. 
again great
April 17th 2008, 03:51 AM
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magicman
Peasant Male Netherlands steam duck
Mmmm, pizza. 
In case this hasn't become clear from another thread.

404'ed!
April 17th 2008, 07:54 AM
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GlennGlenn
Peasant Male Norway steam
GlennGlenn doesn't want a custom title. 
A mirror can be found here.
April 17th 2008, 10:07 PM
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redink1
King Male United States xbox steam bloop
A mother ducking wizard 
Fixed, thanks.
November 5th 2008, 12:44 PM
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Okay, so after two years of release what is the verdict on Aural+? Does it work with most DMods? Can I run it alongside my existing 1.08 or does it patch or replace it? Does it run the main campaign smoothly?

Thanks in advance for help with questions and thanks redink1 for Aural
November 5th 2008, 01:02 PM
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I use it all the time. AFAIK it works with any D-Mod that works with 1.08, it runs alongside the original (you choose which to use in DFArc) and it runs the main game just fine.

As for running it with MP3s, I don't know. Never tried it.
November 9th 2008, 12:38 PM
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dinkinfreak
Peasant Male Greece
Real lurkers don't appear on the lurkers list. 
It is a most possibly working perfectly version of Dink 1.08.
Its best characteristic is that, when changing background music, it won't make a terrible delay under Win2000/xp.
As long as I've used it,it's working fine.
It can also play mp3's by using the playsound() function.
January 11th 2010, 06:16 AM
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DinkDude95
Peasant Male Australia steam
The guy with the cute D-Mod. 
I've tried playing an .avi with this, as redink1 stated I could use playmidi("video.avi"); and it would open in a separate window. I tried this just before and I found it only plays the sound, and in no separate window.

Has anyone else tried this, and if so, did it work?
January 28th 2010, 08:42 AM
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yeoldetoast
Peasant Female Australia steam
discord.gg/Ukugfbh 
DD, AVI files are pretty varied, and can be a variety of different formats (windows media video, H264, Divx, Xvid etc.) And are in two parts, video and sound (usually AC3, MP3, Ogg vorbis or similar).
Try playing it in windows media player/Media Player Classic, which also uses DirectShow.

If the same thing happens, (only sound), or if it has to download a codec, download a pack such as CCCP (this includes MPC). If the problem persists, ask again.
February 17th 2010, 09:19 PM
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EvilEarl
Peasant Male United States
In memory of Skull. 
Hey, how is this supposed to be put in Linux? Historical Hero intro is boring without sound.
February 18th 2010, 11:30 AM
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Skull
Peasant Male Finland bloop
"I'd like to be a tree..." 
Earl, you don't need to use Aural+ on HH, but it makes the MIDIs load faster. The intro doesn't have music no matter what you do.
February 18th 2010, 06:22 PM
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EvilEarl
Peasant Male United States
In memory of Skull. 
That makes sense now, and midi's are instant on my computer so why the crap should I care anymore?
February 19th 2010, 03:38 AM
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Skull
Peasant Male Finland bloop
"I'd like to be a tree..." 
Because later on there come MIDIs that take ages to load. So I would recommend installing it. If it doesn't make MIDIs become instant on your PC, you probably didn't install it right.
July 25th 2010, 08:19 AM
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Kyle
Peasant Male Belgium
 
Anyone know why my MP3s don't loop when I use them as area songs? Like 3.mid which is actually an MP3 set on a map square will play once, but not loop, highly frustrating >_>

Is there a way to emulate this with scripts to loop it as a sound effect I wonder?
July 25th 2010, 08:23 AM
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Skull
Peasant Male Finland bloop
"I'd like to be a tree..." 
MIDIs don't loop either, maybe that's why?
July 25th 2010, 09:55 AM
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Kyle
Peasant Male Belgium
 
... I forgot about that xD
July 25th 2010, 11:01 AM
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loopmidi(1);

July 25th 2010, 11:02 AM
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Kyle
Peasant Male Belgium
 
Oh, a new command! I feel all giddy inside Thanks^^
July 25th 2010, 11:10 AM
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Skull
Peasant Male Finland bloop
"I'd like to be a tree..." 
Wtf? There's a MIDI looper command?
July 25th 2010, 12:52 PM
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ExDeathEvn
Peasant Male New Zealand xbox steam
Don't look at me, I'm a ghost 
I'm pretty sure that one is in the DinkC refference *flips through pages*
For those with the book, Page 60 extract:

loopmidi
Category: Sound
Version: 1.08+
Prototype: void loopmidi(bool loop_midi);


loopmidi sets whether or not midis will automatically loop. if loop_midi is 1, midis will loop, and if it is 0, midis will not loop.

This setting is not stored in the save game file. If you load a game to a screen that doesn't automatically play a midi and midis are set to loop, the game may start the previously-playing midi over again.
July 25th 2010, 12:53 PM
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Kyle
Peasant Male Belgium
 
I've the book right here and have read it over 3 times start to finish and I keep forgetting that command exists. BUT NOT ANYMORE!
July 25th 2010, 01:20 PM
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Skull
Peasant Male Finland bloop
"I'd like to be a tree..." 
Why the hell didn't the book walk up to me and say in a giant voice "THERE'S A MIDI LOOPING COMMAND!!" Now I'm pissed.
July 25th 2010, 02:08 PM
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There is a bit of a bug with it though... IIRC it's only an issue in normal v1.08, not Aural+ or FreeDink.

If loopmidi is on and you use stopmidi(), it acts more like restartmidi
The music only stops for a second or two and then restarts. To avoid this you need turn looping off temporarily.

loopmidi(0);
stopmidi();

//later...
loopmidi(1);
playmidi("...");
July 25th 2010, 02:10 PM
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Robj
Peasant Male Australia
You feed the madness, and it feeds on you. 
I can't get any sound to play in Aural+, using Windows seven - no game sound, no midi, no mp3. Tried compatibility mode, still doesn't work. That's kind of weird.
All the sound works in the original 1.08 though, just not Aural+.



EDIT: Actually, just tested again, my memory decieves me - It's just midi's and mp3 that won't play in Aural+. Game sounds(*.wav files) work fine.
July 15th 2013, 03:05 AM
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Just downloaded Aural + and although the read me file mentions DFArc2 (I have DFArc only) I managed to locate and select Aural+ to replace dink (dinkc or dink exe I don't know)..

Anyway I got it to work.
Opened up Historical Hero - seems to be working faster, (very fast screen changes) and the sound seems enhanced too

Ok, fine. No time to play it now so I exited.
Then I get a message: "Set Cooperative level failed".
What does this mean?

Also does this mean that I can use Aural + in all the DMODs or just ones like HH that recommend it?

Edit: OK I just saw the note at the top: so if I want to play a DMOD other than those mentioned I have to deselect Aural+ from DFarc(2) everytime?
July 15th 2013, 03:32 AM
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Don't know about that error message but Aural+ is just fine for every D-Mod as far as I know. You shouldn't have a problem using it at all.
July 15th 2013, 02:23 PM
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ExDeathEvn
Peasant Male New Zealand xbox steam
Don't look at me, I'm a ghost 
Not familiar with that error myself either.

My advice is to use DFArc 3 with your standard Dink/Aural+.
Unfortunately DFArc 3 is not marked as the official Dink download as it is more an upgrade than the full game itself, the official Dink download comes with DFArc 2.

You can find DFArc 3 here:
http://www.dinknetwork.com/file/dfarc_3/
Running Aural+ should be similar if not the same as running it through DFArc 2.
July 15th 2013, 03:42 PM
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Ok thanks for that.
I can't see what difference Aural+ has made to HH.
After initially downloading it and trying it out, I was confident the lag time between screens was sorted out, But it's back again.
I'll chase down that DFArc3..maybe that will make all my DMODs perform better.

edit: OK got it. Now do I choose 'Use v1.07 mode'?
edit: ah! I see it's for use for DMODs before 2006. gotcha!
August 27th, 05:17 AM
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Ferk
Peasant Spain
 
Just wondering.. shouldn't at this point be GNU FreeDink the recommended version?

It supports way more platforms (there's even PSP port), it's still currently maintained (last update was this April, as opposed to this 10+ years old version), supports OGG format that has better compression than MP3, it's endorsed by the FSF, all the sounds have an open license, it has translations to several languages, the DFArc version coming with it is developed and maintained together and has also translations, etc.

From the pinned topics someone may think that FreeDink is only for people who use GNU/Linux and that this Aural+ is the most up to date version available.