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by Knurek at 4:52 AM EDT on September 11, 2013
Just FYI, while loads of sets on the site are mine, most were done by other people. It's true there might be some with missing content, obviously. Most of recent rips should have movie streams included, we just didn't have the tools to do so in 2005. :)

On that thought, there's really no need to download anything, just post a list of things you'd like to have checked (pastebin.com works for stuff like that), and I'll make SFV/MD5 checksum files for them so that you can them compare against your sets.

I don't really advertise much, VGM community isn't really that large, I guess most of people know about the site. OTOH, we don't really mind if someone posts about it elsewhere, IIRC, there's still a lot of bandwidth to spare on the server.
by Alpha23 at 6:26 AM EDT on September 11, 2013
The list is currently in the make as I'm re-organizing my collection. But when I'm finished, you'll get it.

My collection is stored in 7z archives - wouldn't the cheksum then be different in all cases?

Well, the scene on FFShrine is quite large compared to other places.
by Knurek at 6:55 AM EDT on September 11, 2013
I'll generate checksums for files inside the archives, so you'll have separate checksum values for bgm01.adx, bgm02.adx, etc in the set.

This should work for sets with untouched filenames - will let you check whether there's some additional files and/or different actual songs between the sets.

Feel free to post on FFShrine, I don't even have an account there at all. :)
by Alpha23 at 10:29 AM EDT on September 11, 2013
Well, sometimes I've added a string to the filename (e.g. the name from the OST), so the method won't work in these cases. What it comes down to again: compare every rip.
FFShrine could come in quite handy here because there are quite some people who have time on their hands and would be willing to do the job. Would mean: I'd just upload and wait for others to compare. Of course I won't open a new topic posting your ftp information - for this little purpose you'd need to register if you don't mind. You may leave the rest to me. Not trying to persuade you to though but I like the looks of vBulletin forums better for the purpose of posting individual rips as you can establish a pseudo database.
Here's my project so you know what I'm talking about: http://forums.ffshrine.org/f72/video-game-music-preservation-project-119745/
Throwing our collections together would be quite a treat I think. ;)
by snakemeat at 4:44 PM EDT on September 11, 2013
One important note is that the joshw.info archives typically use GENH headers for headerless data, so the original data can be easily extracted, and it is easy to identify what was headerless originally or not.

From what I recall, Alpha23 will add "real" headers to headerless data (SS2 for Sony ADPCM, etc...), making it challenging to identify which sets were headerless on disc or not. Maybe this has changed, but just something I recall from the past?

Just something to keep in mind, and to help identify what the joshw.info archives should contain, one (GENH) or the other (reconstructed "real" headers), or both?
by Alpha23 at 5:20 PM EDT on September 11, 2013
I don't exactly get the importance of identifying if the files had headers or not. Only thing I can think of is either usure fequency or some looping information inside the header (which would indeed be lost using my method).
But other than that I don't see that much of a difference as long as the stream specs aren't changed in the process. And sometimes it's not possible to use GENH headers (e.g. with l/r-split vag tracks, which can only be played correctly when joined to stereo).
Maybe I overlooked something?
by Lunar at 9:08 AM EDT on September 12, 2013
Forgive me if I asked before, but are there any plans to host the vgm.mdscene.net VGMs on joshw? Primarily Arcade of course, but other stuff too, hypothetically.

Of course I imagine some Arcade games would have streams as well ~ a little surprised the directory doesn't exist here already~
by Knurek at 1:06 PM EDT on September 14, 2013
@Lunar: I don't want to bother JoshW for another subdomain, so I put my collection here

Let me know if it's not working for you.
by Lunar at 6:04 PM EDT on September 14, 2013
Works fine! Thanks, this will be handy considering mdscene is unstable ~ also one quick/convenient place to look for sets.
by strugglepoo at 7:48 PM EDT on September 14, 2013
Thanks!

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