As of Jan 2011 this is outdated. Use Covarr's installer instead.
After recently trying to play my FF7 PC game due to the release of Advent Children, I was disappointed with the sound. When I heard that there was a patch to fix this I was quite interested and thought I'd give it a shot.
Unfortunately, there were no specific instructions on how to get everything working correctly with FF7Music. Even after searching numerous topics all over the web I still failed to find specific instructions on how to do it.
After finally managed to figure out how to get mp3's working within the game, I decided that I'd write this small guide to help those who were in the same situation as me. It may also prevent many "FF7Music" problem topics.
First of all, I recommend downloading the newest version of FF7Music, and either find someone with an ini file for it or you can download the older version of FF7Music in order to get an ini file.
1: Download FF7Music here: http://www.sylphds.net/f2k3/programs/ff7music/ff7music151.zip
2 install FF7Music into your FF7 Dir under FF7Music or Ficedula, put the dll's you wish to use (out_wave.dll & in_mp3.dll) in the MAIN FF7 folder, not the subfolder. I didn't know if it made a difference but I also have Ficedula.dll 1.10 as someone said this is necessary. If it isn't anyway it still works xD. Place in your FF7 directory.
3: To make it easier, put all mp3's in the FF7Music folder under MP3 or Music. (See Notes at the end)
4: Go to setup in the FF7Music configuration and for the input plugin choose in_mp3.dll and for the output use out_wave.dll.
looping is available in the newest version of FF7Music and it does work. So tick if you wish.
Resuming should be set to Selective.
Under midi controls tick MUTE MIDI on custom playback.
I have emulate ramps ticked. use if you wish.
Stop is usually ticked. I'd suggest using it.
5: Click SAVE & EXIT.
6: Go to FF7Music Dialog again. Click Run FF7.
7: last but not least, go to your sound & volume settings and set the music volume to 0 as your mp3's should now be playing.
One difficulty I had with getting the MP3's to work was having names with spaces or dashes in them. I decided to write down the information of each Midi (the names of the files) and then looked at my mp3's in order to rename them to the specified midi file name. (eg: as you see Hurry's alternative midi file is aseri. therefore I renamed Hurry to aseri.mp3) This made it alot easier for FF7Music to recognised.
Midi Name - Mp3 Ost list:
aseri - Hurry
aseri2 - Hurry Faster
ayasi - Lurking In The Darkness
barret - Barret's Theme
bat - Fighting
bee - Honeybee Manor
boo - The Flow Of Life / Lifestream
bokujo - Farm Boy
canyon - The Valley Of The Fallen Star - Cosmo Canyon
cannon - The Makou Cannon Is Fired (not including Shinra Explodes)
cephiros - Those Chosen By The Planet
chu - Still More Fighting
chu2 - J-E-N-O-V-A
chase - Crazy Motorcycle
cinco - Cinco De Chocobo
cintro - Those Chosen By The Planet
condor - Fortress Of The Condor
costa - Costa Del Sol
comical - J-E-N-O-V-A
corel - Mining Town
corneo - Don Of The Slums
crwin - A Great Success
crlost - Tango Of Tears
date - Interrupted By Fireworks
dokubo - Underneath The Rotting Pizza
dun2 - Chasing The Black Caped Man
earislo - Flowers Blooming In The Church
earis - Aerith's Theme - Aeris' Theme
elec - Electric De Chocobo
fanfare - Fanfare2 (this should be the second fanfare not the first as stated. This one is the shortened version only for the Parade in Junon.
fan2 - Fanfare (the normal fanfare, extended version.)
fiddle - Fiddle De Chocobo
fin - World Crisis
geki - Debut
gold1 - Gold Saucer
gun - A Full Scale Attack
guitar2 - On The Other Side Of The Mountain
hen - Who Am I
hiku - The Highwind Takes To The Skies
horror - Trail Of Blood
iseki - You Can Hear The Cries Of The Planet
jukai - The Forested Temple
junon - Off The Edge Of Dispair
jyro - Steal The Tiny Bronco
ketc - Cait Sith's Theme
kita - The Great North Cave
kurai - Anxious Heart
lb1 - Birth Of A God
lb2 - One Winged Angel ( Yayayay! <3)
ld - Judgement Day
mati - Ahead On Our Way
makoro - Makou Reactor
mekyu - Reunion
mura1 - Parochial Town
oa - Opening - Bombing Mission
ob - (JUST Bombing Mission)
odds - Chocobo Racing
over2 - Requiem
parade - Rufus' Welcoming Ceremony
pj - Jenova Absolute
pre - Prelude
red - Red XIII's Theme
rhythm - The Turk's Theme
riku - Shinra Explodes
ro - The Countdown Begins
roll - Staff Roll
rocket - Oppressed People
rukei - The Sandy Badlands
sadsid - Sending A Dream Into The Universe
sadbar - Mark Of The Traitor
seto - The Great Warrior
sea - A Secret, Sleeping In The Deep Sea
sido - It's Difficult To Walk On Both Feet Isn't It
siera - If You Open Your Heart
sinraslo - Infiltrating Shinra Tower
si - Shinra Explodes 2
sid2 - Cid's Theme
sinra - The Shinra Corporation - The Shinra Company
snow - Buried In The Snow
ta - Main FFVII Theme
tb - Main FFVII Theme
tender - Holding My Thoughts In My Heart
tifa - Tifa's Theme
tm - On That Day Five Years Ago
utai - Wutai Theme - Uutai Ruins
vincent - The Nightmare Begins - Vincent's Theme
walz - Waltz De Chocobo
weapon - Weapon Raid
yado - Good Night Until Tomorrow
yufi2 - Stolen Materia
yufi - Decendent Of The Shinobi
yume - Who Are You
I'm sorry if none of this was any help, but I thought I'd give it a shot due to the fact I can see no specific instructions on how to do this. I did my best. So I hope this information was useful to you
Including the OST listing, as it is very difficult to know which file belongs to which midi due to the really vague naming.
EDIT: Can I also add that Bombing Mission, Fanfare 2, Shinra Explodes 1 and 2 are unavailable in the normal OST's. If you wish to have these files you must either find an MP3 Trimmer to cut part of the song out, or I can have mine up for download if allowed/requested.
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