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music files: creating new ones

April 22nd 2008, 02:31 PM
Hello, fellow dinkers and Dink modders.

How exactly do you create a new music file for Dink games? I notice that the synthesization of the instrumentation in all the Dink music files sound the same and thought that there must be a specific program or website where I go to to create the files. If there is such a site, what is its link?


April 22nd 2008, 04:52 PM
Peasant Male Australia steam
The guy with the cute D-Mod. 
My website has stuff about creating your own MIDIs (music useful in Dink) and other stuff. If you want to make your own, there's a small tutorial there, and it gives a link to NoteWorthy Composer: A MIDI sequencer.
April 22nd 2008, 04:53 PM
Noble United States steam
Daniel, there are clowns. 
Yes, Dink uses midi (.mid) files. I don't have any links right now, but there are a whole slew of music programs that can read, edit, and save midi files. Try google.
April 23rd 2008, 05:32 AM
Peasant Male Netherlands steam
Olde Time Dinkere 
I don't usually make music, but when I do I use either Modplug Tracker (matrix-based music layout) or RoseGarden (Linux only, can be shown as blocks, music notation, piano roll).
April 23rd 2008, 10:09 AM
Peasant Male Poland steam
Everyone should get a pizza for free in each week. 
Or instead of MIDI you can use your own/someone made MP3(With permission) but you have to play with Dink Aural +.
April 24th 2008, 07:34 AM
Anvil Studio is good, especially for beginners who don't know what they're doing (like me ).
I find it a lot easier and less confusing than others I've tried.
April 24th 2008, 03:49 PM
I'm sorry, I was so busy using the program that I forgot to come back here to thank you all.

Thanks for the program, DinkDude. I downloaded the 30-day trial version and find it rather useful.

Although I do have a question. I'm trying to get the piece to slow down at the end by using the tempo variance mark 'ritardando.' However, when I inserted it into a staff, it does absolutely nothing. I've even tried inserting it into all of the staves at exactly the same location in the score, but still it does nothing. Do you know how to fix this or is there another way to ritard my ending?

(added) And also, is there a glissendo feature (the squiggly line running alongside the chord on it's left that makes it play very quickly each of the chord's note consecutively from bottom note to top note, or vice versa)?


And thank you for your guys responses, DaVince and Sparrowhawk. I'll consider these programs for backup.
May 4th 2008, 01:52 PM
Personal update- Okay, so I finally submited my MIDI files and Tal and his group are going to review them.

How long does it usually take for them to review new files, and how do I know if my files get accepted or not? Would they e-mail me? Perhaps send me a PM? How does it all work?

Thanks again!

May 4th 2008, 02:01 PM
Bard Male Netherlands
I object 
How long it takes to review is really different from time to time. Usually takes atleast a week before there is a newspost, the file is often accepted a few days before the news is posted. But it could be well over a month if the staff is lazy. On the other hand, recently more staff got access, so that could speed things up a little...

And you won't get an email or a PM, atleast I didn't... Just check 'Latest files' under the 'Files' tab, and/or check the news.
May 4th 2008, 02:13 PM
But if my files don't get accepted for so or so reason, how would I know that? I mean, I'm assuming they would let the author know when his or her file did not get approved as to not keep him or her waiting, right?
May 5th 2008, 10:02 AM
Midi Maker is a very good file for beginners.

someone make a link! I didn't bother to.
May 5th 2008, 03:41 PM
Thanks Skull, but I already downloaded another program and am finding it very handy. In fact, I already finalilzed four MIDI's and are now showcased on the Dink Network.

May 5th 2008, 07:04 PM
Bard Netherlands xbox
Lazy bum 
I listened to them just yet, and I really like 3 of them (didn't like the organ one) In fact, I would like to use them in one my D-Mods if that's ok with you?
May 6th 2008, 12:51 AM
Thats totally awesome you feel that way, Christiaan! It warms me to know someone likes my music like you (and Striker) do.

LOL! The organ one is the second half of this medley-

I'm sure you've heard of this spooky halloween piece. It's a baroque piece written by the famous Bach. I didn't think many would like Fugue in d minor either, but I included it just incase one needs an intense organ piece for a prison/dungeon/"Dink, you'll die tomorrow" scene. Or, if he/she has an antagonist church or castle in his/her storyline, this piece could also be appropriate there.

I give you total permission to use my MIDI's. If you can include my name (or shall I say, my DinkNetwork screen name LOL!) in your readme text and/or your credits, that would be great. Thanks.


p.s. Stay tune! I have some more coming up VERY soon. This new pack is called my "Battle Chess MIDI's" pack. It will contain two of the "Background music clips" that I included in the "Random MIDI's" pack that you downloaded, "Victory March in G Major" and "Despair in a minor", and a few others. I think that if you like the ones you've downloaded, you'll also like the ones in this new pack that will be up soon.
May 6th 2008, 08:44 AM
Peasant Male New Zealand xbox steam
Don't look at me, I'm a ghost 
I'll say one thing, I'll be looking foreward to your next midi's. I listened to the three you put up already on my mates computer (mine doesn't have sound ) and I will definitely use them in my first D-mod (Credit to your screen-name of course)

And I actually liked the Organ piece, there's nothing wrong with it.
May 8th 2008, 04:46 AM
Thanks, exdeathevn. That's very flattering to know. Let me know when your D-Mod is finished so that I can check it out, okay?

Update to all- I'm sorry I kept you all waiting for my new pack. I know I said VERY soon, but it turns out to be plain and simply SOON: I decided I needed to embellish a few of the files before uploading them and that happened over the course of a few more days. However, it's finally done! I've submitted my Dink Smallwood Battle Chess MIDI's Pack, and it should be on showcase within the next two days.

I also want to say, I can't thank you all enough for your kind words and support. I'm usually shy and not very forward with showing my musical talents. You all have made my first time uploading files and sharing it with onliners a fun and exciting experience. **huggles**
May 9th 2008, 12:58 AM
Peasant Male United States
Me and Grampybone gonna take a little nap. 
does anyone know if i can use soundforge pro to edit midi's. used to work in radio and i still got a copy of it. just wondering.
May 9th 2008, 07:22 AM
I'm sorry Mataio19, I don't know anything about that program.
May 9th 2008, 01:49 PM
Peasant Male United States
Me and Grampybone gonna take a little nap. 
its all good. kinda busy to be making midi's anyway.
May 10th 2008, 06:03 PM
My loving fans who like my music and were waiting for my new pack, I have good news! The Battle Chess pack is finally showcased. I thought it was going to come sooner, but hey, the mods and Tal do what they can.

Come check it out and tell me what you think!