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The VGM/Others Instrument Source Thread by AceK at 10:06 PM EST on January 29, 2012
Spreadsheet: VGM Instrument Source Encyclopedia

This thread is made to find out what instruments are used in some familiar VGM.

For example, if you have a sound pack from a certain author and managed to found an instrument that is used in a video game, details about what the name of the album is and other info will be listed here.

If you know of any familiar instruments in a common sound collection used in any vgm, please feel free to post a comment about your finds!

"Benjamin" - Spreadsheet Contribution

NOTE: Some names will not be correctly tagged... so instead, it will use the file name of the preferred rip content.

edited 9:45 PM EDT April 24, 2016
by Dutchie at 3:33 PM EST on January 30, 2012
i once found a soundfont tat seemed to be used in metroid prime series
can you do sometin wit tat?
by AceK at 5:55 PM EST on January 30, 2012
Yes :). What are the name and details about the soundfont?
by Delon at 10:12 AM EST on January 31, 2012
Dutchie. Do you have the soundfont covering all instruments used in all metroid prime games? including the metroid prime reverb?
by koolaid at 11:07 AM EST on February 17, 2012
This is a really cool topic!

I noticed that almost every sample that was used in the Sonic CD EU soundtrack came from the Zero-G Datafile series. There are a ton of samples featured on these sample cds.

I've been investigating the source for the instruments from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. I believe I found a few.

Prosonus Orchestral Strings (Roland S770)
STR_.Sec f 1aM (two samples are used from this preset)

Spectrasonic Distorted Reality (mostly used in Majora's Mask)

Elves - Stone Tower Temple - Illusion
Ethereal (I think this is used somewhere)
Iceland 1 - Final Hours
Pit Hit (one of these) - Snowhead Temple
Danger (maybe) - Cave

Some of the atmospheric pads used in the temples for both OoT/MM might come from this CD.

For Banjo Kazooie/Tooie, Grant used a Roland JV 1080 and an Emu Proteus FX for the sounds. Not sure what specific samples though.

edited 1:12 PM EST February 17, 2012
by Delon at 2:10 PM EST on February 17, 2012
Where to get Metroid Prime instruments?
by koolaid at 2:32 PM EDT on April 1, 2012
Just two more, probably should've just edited my post but whatever:

Super Mario 64 takes a sample from the Sonic Images sample cd. I came across this by accident and I'm very very sure it's the same exact sample. That weird windy like sample you hear at the very begining of the song used in Big Boo's Haunt is the FX_TibetnMon SI sample.

This next sample might be a bit more common in other libraries, but I found the same sample for sure in one CD I have. The Nylon Guitar instrument you hear in OoT/MM uses two samples from Wall of Sounds Volume 8 - 6WAVE30 NYLG and 2WAVE70 NYLG.

The cool thing about finding these samples, especially for the N64 games, is that the quality's a lot better. Hopefully I can find more in the future.
by Dutchie at 4:30 PM EDT on April 1, 2012
Metroid Prime Choir

PS, ignore the awkward dutch naming

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by koolaid at 10:45 PM EST on November 19, 2012
Some more sources for samples from Ocarina of Time.

These come from Best Service's Gigapack sample CD.


CH_GRG 7 (Greg Mmh Uni) - Gregorian male choir sample that was used for Temple of Time, and a lot of others songs that feature a male choir.

CH_CLAS1/CH_CLAS2 (Nuns Aahh) - Female church choir, used wherever a female choir was used (like the "Legend of Hyrule" track).

SYN DIG2 (SYN:Fantasia3-L sample) - typical Fantasia sample commonly found, but since this was part of the same sample set as a lot of these other samples this might be the one used in the game.

STRING 3 (STR:Harp preset) - Harp used wherever it was featured

PAD 5 (PAD:Bass Pad) - Okay, not a OoT sample - but a MM one! Used in Great Bay Temple around 1:14.

BR TRUM1 - (BRA:TRUMPET) - Trumpet, used a lot in OoT/MM.

PAD 3 (PAD: 36 C4) - Pad, used in Zora's Domain, Water Temple, and I believe even the Forest Temple.

PAD 3 (PAD: 19.1) - Pad, not sure if this is the same exact one, but maybe. This is the synth string that you can hear in the Spirit Temple and the Final Hours in MM. But I don't think this is the same sample. I found a sample that's actually just like it a while back, but it was oddly featured on a E-MU 2 sample cd...

CD2 has some guitar samples and a lot of drum samples. They could be used as well.

Note though, the game only uses some of the samples that are used in the actual preset and some may have been modified so that the sample is shorter.

by Lunar at 4:05 AM EST on November 20, 2012
the fantasia used in the zelda games is from the Roland D50. it appears in lots of games (and pop songs, etc.)

any idea where the "wooo" pad from Super Mario 64 is from? the one in Shifting Sand Land, Hazy Maze Cave and Koopa Road. i use it quite often but I'd love to know its origin.

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