GSF to MIDI by Altissimo at 5:36 PM EST on February 17, 2020
Hi everyone,

Several years ago I posted a thread here (https://hcs64.com/mboard/forum.php?showthread=42855&showpage=0) where I wanted to get rips of two GBA games that didn't use the Sappy engine. I got my rips in miniGSF format, converted & used them for my intended purpose (Youtube uploads), and went on with my life. (In the meantime it seems they've also shown up on Zophar's Domain as MP3, FLAC, and miniGSF downloads.)

In the modern day though I want to get specifically MIDI versions of these songs. Or if not MIDI, another file type that I can import into the music software programs Finale or Musescore. (They won't take MP3s, WAV, FLAC etc, I suspect they only take audio filetypes that have some sort of like... note encoding/sequencing, whatever the formal term is for that. Like MIDI.)

I don't care one lick about the soundfonts, for the record. As long as whatever I import into my music notation software has the right notes I can work the rest of it out from there.

I haven't had much luck looking up options for doing this. I'm not even sure if it's possible. I figured I'd at least ask here in the hopes that maybe someone has the answer for me or would be willing to work on doing this, or something.

I've tried:
>Importing the MP3s into Audacity - but Audacity doesn't export to MIDI
>Importing the miniGSF files into VGMTrans - they won't show anything
>Importing the ROM into VGMTrans - this at least shows me some tracks, but I can't play them (so I don't even know if they are actually the tracks I want), and I can't export them to MIDI (only audio file options are "WAV" or "original filetype" which didn't actually work right for me, but even if I got the original filetype, that'd be gsf/minigsf, no?)
>Importing the miniGSF files into Winamp with the Highly Advanced plugin - this works and I can play back the files (and they have the right soundfont too), but I can't export them to MIDI (options are MP3, FLAC, OGG, WAV, WMA)
>Downloading Audio Overload - I couldn't get this to work period
>Downloading GBAMusRiper - even ignoring the fact that this apparently only works with Sappy, it also didn't work either

I've got a 64-bit Windows laptop running Windows 10 Home version 1809, if this matters in the slightest.

The games are Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games and Hamtaro: Rainbow Rescue, both developed by AlphaDream, and here are the links to their Zophar's Domain pages:

https://www.zophar.net/music/gameboy-advance-gsf/hamtaro-ham-ham-games.html
https://www.zophar.net/music/gameboy-advance-gsf/hamtaro-rainbow-rescue.html

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

EDIT: I'll also take the original sound files chopped up into 1 channel per file. That wouldn't have to be MIDI, any audio file would work so long as it separates the channels or melodic lines out in some way. (That's a lot of files, so I'd be willing to do it myself if it's easy enough - like "dump the file into x tool and click y options and save" or something like that.)

edited 6:22 PM EST February 17, 2020


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