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High-Quality Sound Mixing for Mother 3 (Fan Translations)

23 June 2022 12:08AM EST - Update by SummerDragonfly

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Mixes every individual channel at 16-bit audio before downsampling everything to 8-bit audio as opposed to the default m4a mixer which mixes every channel at 8-bit audio (blame the GBA’s DAC!)

  • This hack greatly reduces the number of quantization/rounding errors that pop up during the mixing process, making the classic GBA “background hiss” much quieter while making Shogo Sakai’s music sound crispier than ever! Results seem even better when played back on actual hardware. Enjoy!!

DISCLAIMER FOR SPEEDRUNNERS: This patch **does modify the RNG used by MOTHER 3 and will most likely give you unexpectedly results!** Because of that, any TAS recordings of MOTHER 3 will be broken by this hack. You have been warned!!

INSTRUCTIONS for xdelta patch: Apply this patch AFTER you have translated your Japanese copy of MOTHER 3!

KNOWN COMPATIBLE VERSIONS with xdelta patch:

  • Dutch v1.0
  • English v1.3
  • German v1.1
  • Polish v1.0

KNOWN INCOMPATIBLE VERSIONS with xdelta patch:

  • Italian v1.1.1
  • Portuguese v1.0

CREDITS:

  • HQ sound mixer ingeniously programmed by ipatix, inspired by “Golden Sun”: https://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=324673
  • Mixer preparation and hacking by Summer Dragonfly (xkas format by Near/byuu: https://wiki.superfamicom.org/xkas)
  • Mother 3 decompilation and technical support: Kurausukun and theo3 (https://github.com/Kurausukun/mother3)
  • Extra technical support: phoenixbound, Lorenzooone, and Yosuke
  • Special thanks to the Mother 1+2 Fan Translation/Sound Restoration project and the PRET Discord community!

Report any bugs found to https://github.com/MusicTheorist/MOTHER-3-HQ-Sound-Mixing-hack

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