This is my first post, love being here! Abe's Oddysee was the first ever game I owned and I still love it to bits, as I'm sure you all do.
I'm wondering, how far are we from ripping the AO & AE soundtracks? I've heard some great in-game recordings done and uploaded to this site, but I'm yet to come across a great FLAC or WAV version of the music ripped directly from the sound banks.
I know this is difficult.. I've tried converting a PSF rip of AO (from zophar.net) into WAV but the PSF plugin for foobar 2000 wasn't decoding the files like a playstation would... It was close, but not perfect, i.e. the PSF decoder was adding reverb to the bass in the rupture farms track, and 'muddying' up the whole sound. Out of a playstation the bass is very sharp, crisp and punchy.
I've seen some very cool projects on this forum such as MLG Man's AE sound loader (http://www.oddworldforums.net/showthread.php?t=21492
) ... I'm wondering, if things like that are being done, shouldn't it be possible to do an accurate rip of the sounds and midi tracks, and play them back somehow for an accurate high-quality rip?
Please let me know your thoughts, or if this has already been accomplished. If not, how can I help fund this project!?
(Oh and I'm really only looking for people interested in lossless quality here... I know the music itself is very lo-fi, but hearing the bit-crunchy old files in high-def surely beats these v0 mp3 rips IMO!)