What is it?
This is a complete remastering of the original Final Fantasy VII soundtrack in a symphonic style. In other words, no use of any midi or synths; this uses only orchestral or rock instruments. The original soundtrack was quite synth-heavy, so this remastered soundtrack may be a bit too far from the original for some people, but for those who want a high quality symphonic soundtrack for the game, this could be the one for you. Why did you do it?
I LOVE Uematsu's work; I'm a huge fan. I also love the old Final Fantasy games and have been enjoying re-playing Final Fantasy VII since it was re-released on PC last year. So when I discovered how to mod the audio in the game, I went ahead and did my own remasters of the soundtrack. After all, the original midi soundtrack for the PC is a disgrace to Uematsu's fine work. I wanted to do it in a purely symphonic style rather than just simply copy the original soundtrack (after all, if I wanted the original soundtrack or something close to it, I could have just used the Anxious Heart music mod or FinalFanTim's remastered soundtrack).
On the whole, I'm pleased with how everything turned out. There are a few things I'm not 100% happy with (for example - the choirs in One Winged Angel aren't perfect, but I don't think I can get them any better, considering the limitations of my software), but I feel I've achieved what I set out to do and I believe I've done justice to Uematsu's great work.
I've started uploading my remasters on youtube, so please check them out before downloading to get an idea of what the soundtrack will be like - http://www.youtube.com/user/symphonicremastersDownload Links
Movies: (this contains the Opening and Ending cutscenes with my new remastered music)
http://www.mediafire.com/download/zk2059fdppvlar4/movies.part1.rarHow to install
Installation is very simple - simply replace the original music (and movie files, if you are using my cutscenes) with the ones in the links above.Note: I recommend backing up your music folder, as well as the two cutscenes, just in case something goes wrong or you decide you want to go back to the original version
If you are using the 2012 version from the Square Enix store, you need to extract the ogg files from the links above into <drive letter - the drive onto which you installed the game>(for example - C:)/Program Files/Square Enix/FINAL FANTASY VII/data/music_ogg
(if you are using a 32bit operating system. if you have a 64bit OS it'll be in "Program Files (x86)"
If you are using the Steam version, you need to extract the ogg files into <drive letter - the drive onto which you installed the game>(for example - C:)/Program Files/Steam/SteamApps/common/FINAL FANTASY VII/data/music_ogg
(again, if you have a 64bit OS it'll be in "Program Files (x86)"
For the movies, you need to put opening.avi
into the folder /FINAL FANTASY VII/data/movies
and you need to put ending2.avi
into the folder /FINAL FANTASY VII/data/lang-en/movies
(I've only done the new music for the English text version)
All the ogg files should be looping perfectly fine, but if anyone does notice anything wrong please let me know.
Also, if anyone wants to upload the files to another file host (or seed it as a torrent), feel free to do so and then give me the links so I can add them to my ones above.
I hope you enjoy listening to this soundtrack as much as I've enjoyed producing it
If you have any questions, please go ahead and ask.