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Hotfix Two is now out. This is a minor patch dealing with some download/install issues. Notably, the saika mirror has been removed as it's been dead for a while, and a 15 second timeout was added on initial connections. Also, on the backend, an issue with the Amazon Web Services mirror was fixed. Available here.

Hotfix One is now out, with all the above mentioned features! I don't need to big it up any further here, I don't think. Grab it here!

Only a minor bug or two and the fading support in the way of a final release.

A pretty major update to the installer is coming in the next hotfix. This should be available sometime in the next month, depending on my available time (it's nearly complete already).

The biggest new inclusions are the two new music sources mentioned earlier, as well as the ability to optionally apply any of the following:

 - the Ted Woolsey Uncensored Edition patch
 - edale2's Cut Songs Restoration patch
 - Madsiur's Music Player (either the Dancing Mad or Cut Songs Restoration version, depending on whether or not you choose to apply edale2's CSR patch)

Other big changes (honestly the lion's share of the work) are under the hood and have already been completed. The installer now uses a much easier to maintain data format, enabling me to add new sources and mirrors with ease. I've added an Amazon AWS S3 store as a emergency fallback mirror. I would please ask anybody downloading the PCM files directly to *avoid* this mirror as I will be charged for bandwidth used, I want to leave it as a way to get the data guaranteed in case any of my other mirrors, for which I'm not charged for bandwidth usage, go down.

My recommended selection of songs (the Developer's Recommendation, or what's always been referred to internally as the Sid Selection) has also changed drastically for the upcoming version. If there's demand, I might provide a RAR of the old recommended PCMs for those curious or who don't like my new choices.

Just letting people know, the server hosting the PCM files may be offline for a period of a few hours (up to maybe 5 at most) over the next couple of days, as I'm updating all of my servers to counter the recent Intel CPU security vulnerabilities.

Backup mirror has already been updated so the installer should still work.

Bit of an announcement to make. With edale2's help we found and looped two entirely new sources of FF6 remixes/arrangements. These are excellent and provide an alternative for many tracks that otherwise only had OCRemix and OST tracks available. Work is underway adding these two new sources to the installer.

As a preview, here are the (unaffiliated with this project) links to listen to the soundtracks in question:
Eiko Nichols' "Final Fantasy VI Acoustic Rendition" (will go under the abbreviation "FFAR")

ChrystalChameleon's "Final Fantasy VI Orchestrated" (will go under the abbreviation "CRC")

A special thanks to ChrystalChameleon for giving their endorsement and giving edale2 high quality MP3s of their tracks to work with.

A minor audio-only hotfix was done today, with even better timings for the Opera, fixes to the OST opening, a new OTH version of Searching for Friends, and preparation for adding a whole new source, the "Final Fantasy 6 Acoustic Rendition".

Credit for all these new audio tweaks is due to edale2.

No new installer out yet, though one is not necessary just to get the Opera and OST fixes, as the installer will automatically download the fixed tracks.

Also, there were some DNS issues with the server I host the audio on. They should be resolved now, but if you're having any issues with the installer this is probably why (sometimes changes take a while to propagate with DNS).

And we have hit Final Beta Release

Download here.

Remaining confirmed bugs:
 * "Select a Scenario" screen plays last MSU-1 track upon load. Will be fixed in a coming hotfix.
 * Fading not yet implemented. Will be fixed for final release.

New in this release:
 * Alternate OCRemix loops courtesy of Qwertymodo
 * Ability to load a preset on the custom track selection screen.
 * Multiple cosmetic improvements to the installer.
 * Confirmed compatibility with "Ted Woolsey Uncensored Edition" patch (apply *after* the MSU-1 patch, with your favorite IPS patcher. Note that the "music player" addon patch works but has some audio hitching issues when leaving menus)
 * PCM sound effects for sounds that play on loop without music (waterfalls, fire, wind (not currently implemented due to a bug), waves)
 * Fully working opera with (mostly) synced voices!
 * Many new tracks from suggestions and contributors!
 * Many many bugfixes.

Upcoming hotfix releases may also include new tracks and potentially a changed "sid selection"/"developer's recommendation" preset (I need to go through and test the OCR2 and new OTH tracks against my previous selections).

Just so people are aware, once I've fixed the remaining bug, made a few investigations into the game's volume system, and handled some suggested audio changes I am likely going to take at least a few months vacation from this project as there are other projects I'm working on that also deserve my attention.

As I suspected, there are problems with that last fix (it's only working in one specific scenario out of 4), so the final beta installer will be packaged without it. I'm currently in testing of the installer.

Testing is complete! Two people have fully tested the game to completion now and almost no bugs encountered :)

We have one last bug to nail down, the "Select a Scenario" bug. I've made a fix, but the nature of said fix is experimental and hacky so it's going through another (much shorter) round of testing before I'm confident putting it in the final beta.

If we can't definitively nail down the fix as not breaking anything else within the next week, I'm going to leave it out of the final beta as the issue is minor and the potential for problems is fairly major.

There's also some minor optimization I can do that I'm going back and forth on whether I should try it out before the final beta release, as it shouldn't break anything but it affects 7 vital lines of code in various important sections of the program, so I'm iffy on changing something that vital.

Quick status update, we're doing test playthroughs of the whole game ahead of this release. edale2 is doing a playthrough where he does a bunch of the optional content, I'm basically doing a straight run (not a speedrun but at the very least an attempt to get through the base game quickly). I'm about to finish the World of Balance, he, since he started a bit earlier and has had more time to put in, is about halfway done with the World of Ruin optional content.

After finishing this if we don't encounter any further bugs I'm going to test the installer one more time and assuming *that* is still in perfectly working order I'm going to release the final beta.

Known bugs likely to make it into the final beta release:

* "Select a Scenario" screen will play whatever MSU-1 track was last playing upon loading, going to silence after entering and leaving the menu. This is due to a workaround put in place to successfully fix a *number* of other bugs, involving using the otherwise unused silent Track 51 as a way to flag my MSU-1 code. This is the only spot in the game we've found so far where Track 51 is actually called, and it therefore mistakenly trips the flag. I am trying to figure out how to determine (specifically, where in memory this is contained) what map is currently loaded in order to do a workaround for this and another unrelated bug that's also situational to the scene.
* Victory theme may play on loop after leaving South Figaro during Locke's scenario. I got this bug *once* on RetroPie's lr-snes9x and was unable to get it to reproduce on any emulator (including lr-snes9x) since. Unfortunately, being unable to reproduce it means I'm unable to test what might be a fix, and as I'm unwilling to put untested code into this project the "fix" is being left out. Please please *please* get me a savestate if this happens to you.
* Fading still not implemented.

Had a more vital bug fix come in re: the Dancing Mad tracks and am going to do some more thorough testing on that and a fix for the "no music after sleep" bug before the Final Beta release, so that may take a bit longer, but it still should be out soon.

A video of the Opera, fully working and voiced!

or on youtube

The new installer has been thoroughly tested at this point and seems to be working just fine. I'm holding off on a release until we have one more track uploaded (edale was working on the seashore sounds for the WoR and I've already got the installer pointing to that, so I don't want to upload a copy that will 404 on a track we've not got done yet.), but everything seems to be ready for release otherwise!

Keep watch on this space for the Final Beta release.

The only things left after this for a *final* release are the still-elusive fading support and fixing the two remaining minor bugs to do with event handling. Any release after this one will be either a hotfix to the Final Beta (only if necessary), a Release Candidate, or the Final Release. We're on the home stretch.

Awesome news. That opera timing bug has (tentatively) been fixed. It still desyncs a bit but it's absolutely acceptable imo.

This means that the next version of the installer will ship with the audio files and patch to have a confirmed working Opera with MSU-1 audio.

EDIT: A properly timed version of the OST opera has been provided. As such, disregard what used to be here. OTH versions will be selected if you choose OCR, OCRAlt, or Developer's Recommendation, otherwise OST will be used.

The OTH versions have to be heard to be believed. They're far from perfect but just hearing the characters actually sing their lines is mind blowing.

I have to do more testing on the installer because I've made a lot of major changes to its architecture, but expect a release some time in the next couple of weeks. With all the changes this release will bring, this is going to be the most major release since we hit open beta.

I'm also going to look into the sleeping/event bug. No guarantees that'll make this new release unless the fix is simple, but it's in my queue.

I have to give a huge shout out to Github contributor edale2 for his work on the audio end of things. I am very much not an audio editor, or at least if I am I'm a rank amateur. His work has been exceptional.

Another bonus in the new installer will be support for MSU-1 replacement of certain sound effects that are played on the SPC as loops during sections with no music. At the moment this includes the raft scene with Banon, and there's work being done on the seashore wave sound effects from the world of ruin opening. Both of these are essentially original works (using PD sound effects as a basis) by edale2. In addition, he has also provided a few Black Mages tracks that will be added to the Other selection, including their versions of Dancing Mad, Decisive Battle, and the Battle theme.

In addition, he has provided, usable in the Other section, a version of Phantom Train that is the SSC track with a train effect, similar to the one present in the original and OCR mixes.

You'll have to choose a custom selection to enjoy many of these options, though I'll be turning the new sound effects on by default in the developer selection, using edale's modified version of the SSC phantom train track in the same,  and am on the fence on maybe switching to Black Mages for Dancing Mad.

I always appreciate bug reports, but just specify if you make a report that you're running another patch alongside and expect that your report might be lower priority just because it'll be more work to test.

That said we've done some more in depth testing and found that so far these specific patches don't touch any of the same code as I do, even if you're using the one with the add-ons and the music player and everything, the closest he ever comes to an area of the ROM I'm touching is still a very healthy 16kb away. So I'd be really surprised if you actually find a bug that's unique to this combination.

One of the testers on github has actually been doing extensive testing with the Ted Woolsey uncensored patch(es). He's found no major problems, so it should work fine. The area of the game code I'm changing and the area of the game code those patches change are quite distant, so it's fairly easy to get them to play nice with each other.

Obviously doing this is unsupported (the recent testing has been the only testing anyone has ever really done on something other than untouched ff3 us 1.0) and at your own risk. Also, my installer won't let you use an already patched ROM, so you'll need to do Dancing Mad first and then any other patch afterwards, instead of the other way around.

But all indications are it should work just fine.

The github "issue" where we've been discussing said compatibility testing.

The  bug with the ending alluded to there is a bug in my patch which shows up even without the help of other patches, and which has been fixed for the next release

Good news! The Opera bug has been mostly quashed/worked around. The timing for the one interactive scene (where you have to press the right prompts) is currently quite off in the only MSU-1 track we have for it (the intro is way too long). Said timing can likely be fixed (will require audio edits) however the underlying issue that if you screw up or take too long to make your inputs, Celes's voice will desync even if the track is perfect, has not been fixed (and can't be unless I remove all the interactivity from that scene or make some sort of micro-loops that would probably sound awful).

The next release of the installer will ship with this corrected patch, and will now download the Opera tracks as normal instead of dummying them out.

Less good news! tl;dr, Avira is getting a false positive virus detection on the installer I'm about to release. Which is really hindering me being able to test it, and also worries me that people will be turned off. Please don't worry about it. Heur/APC (Cloud) is a generic-ass heuristic that probably catches on a lot of stuff. This seems to have been triggered primarily by the switch to Python 3.6, somehow. If people are turned off, I might switch back to Python 3.5 or provide that as an alternate download, I guess.

Why does Python 3.6 continue to be the bane of my existence?

Due to my increasing lack of IRC presence and needing a way to keep in touch with contributors other than the Issues section of github, I've opened the following public discord for discussion regarding this romhack.

Little preview of the next version of the installer.

I can't figure out how to center the buttons due to the way Qt custom widgets work (I saw a suggestion using .setStyleSheet but it made the buttons disappear entirely, so :/)

BUT, the ability to load a preset on the custom track page is now implemented and working. That's the custom track page with my recommended songs selected.

A minor hotfix was just released for the installer, bringing us to Open Beta 20171006. This fixes the missing "veldt" track. If you've already installed and would like to grab this missing track without reinstalling, please grab for OCRemix version for Sean Schafianski version (my personal recommendation) for OST version

(There is no FFT or OTH version)

Rename to "track-25.pcm" if you're using higan, keep the same if not, and drop into your game folder.

Old versions of the installer may break due to trying to download which should not have existed (and has thus been deleted). This was a misnamed copy of this track.

Just a small update. A user on github has found a few small issues with the audio re: clipping/distortion, and therefore I've been working with him on a script to (as an *optional* installer checkbox) globally lower the volume of the PCMs, by about 7.5dB (though in some cases less). From his testing this seems to have the music volume better match with that of sound effects ingame. However, he's using lr-snes9x, and I've not had the chance to test this in Higan (and have heard Higan handles volume somewhat differently than other MSU-1-capable emulators/devices), which is why I'm making this optional.

The next major version of the installer will include this option, some new alternate sources for a few songs, an adjustment to OCR track 76, and the requested ability to choose one of the premade selections of tracks as a "template" when picking a custom selection.

Ouch. That sucks :(. I'll leave your mirror in the code for now, as I'm assuming you'll get it back up eventually. Let me know if you're unable to set up a new one anytime soon.

Thanks for the pycurl 3.6 binaries, again :) When I get the chance I'll do another update of the installer, this time using python 3.6, and *hopefully* I might be able to get it to not suddenly be 60MB... :P

A new beta has just been released

This is a hotfix (long time coming, sorry for the delay!) that should both allow the downloader to failover to one of 2 alternate mirrors should it be unable to download a file from the main one, and properly return an error instead of freezing if it's unable to download a file at all.

Check the linked releases page for "20170918" or if you're lazy and on windows click here.

If you've got a working install of Dancing Mad, don't bother with this one. No changes have been made to the patch. :P

My apologies for the fact the installer has somehow grown from 15MB to 60MB. I'm not sure why this is other than it seems to have something to do with a massive difference in the way cx_Freeze packaged PyQt5 this time. I haven't changed anything of my process so I have to assume either PyQt5 or cx_Freeze changed.

This installer is still using Python 3.5 (specifically 3.5.4) for now.

YukiS: Unfortunately your mirror, as well as your pycurl binaries, appear to be down at the moment.

I'm switching my development environment over to Python 3.5 temporarily until the PyCurl binaries for 3.6 from either YukiS or the actual PyCurl people resurface, just so that I can get the hotfixed installer out. It'll contain the failover to YukiS's server even though that's not currently up atm (I assume it will be put back up eventually/soon), as well as it will contain a failover to another server I have access to which has multiple people maintaining it instead of just my busy self.

Thanks again for your help. I'm going to try to buckle down and implement these fixes and get out a hotfix release ASAP. My apologies to everyone for not having the time to devote to this recently.

That said, and I'll be sure to modify the first post to reflect this as well, development has now moved from BitBucket to GitHub. I'm hoping this will encourage PRs from people willing to help with the project, as well as simplify organization for myself as all of my other projects are on github.

For those just wanting the current binaries

Thanks! I've made some modifications so that it properly errors out if it can't connect (I had the code in there before but forgot to use it when checking for the *size* of the file prior to starting to download it. duhie >.>) and also it *should* use your mirror as failover...

The bad part? I'm using Python 3.6 locally atm and there are *no* win32/win64 pyCurl binaries for 3.6 available despite pyCurl saying it supports 3.6. So I have no means of testing or deploying right now, so that will have to be put on hold until pyCurl has built working python 3.6 win32/win64 binaries. I've submitted an issue to the pyCurl tracker so hopefully this gets resolved soon.

I'm going to give it a month and if I haven't heard anything back from them I'll move my system back to Python 3.5 for this project just so I can get this change out.

As this is imo more vital (being an actual potential freezebug on the installer) I have not yet completed work on allowing one to choose a preset on the custom track selection page, but that will be my next task.

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