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A few days ago Jim Lynch released the Hacx soundtrack on DVD-Audio. All 22 tracks have been "re-mastered by the composers using high-end synthesizers." The tracks are also available in full for streaming on the website.

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Another game soundtrack! Must be getting close to Christmas.

I don't appreciate having to create yet another online account in order to purchase a copy.

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Another piece of excellent news, first Aubrey Hodges joining Doomworld and releasing the PSX soundtrack and now the Hacx soundtrack another favourite of mine.

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A very mixed bag, some ok songs and the rest are unremarkable. The tracks I remember the most well are GenEmp Corp (so cheesy), Intruder Alert! (best track, but nothing special really) and Stats (a good track for an intermission but doesn't do anything when listened like this (also, the site player seems to have trouble playing this track)). Not a fan of the sound either, maybe it was made on high-end synthesizers, but most of the time it sounds like the result of a free MIDI to MP3 program.

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I'm sorry, but I don't think these sound very good at all.

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Vaporizer said:
Not a fan of the sound either, maybe it was made on high-end synthesizers, but most of the time it sounds like the result of a free MIDI to MP3 program.

I figured this would eventually come down to "I prefer my sound font." :P That said, does anyone else think there are some errors in the transfer of Alcatraz (within the first minute or so) and GenEmp Corp (after the accel)? I haven't finished listening to the whole sound track so there might be more cases where I find it sounding messy.

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Do Not Buy!

I liked the new sound so I got the DVD Christmas ordered from Amazon. I am very disappointed that the sound on the DVD is lower quality than one's streamed on http://jimlynch22.com/hacx.html I am getting it returned and save your money.

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I've sent an email to Jim Lynch to see if that issue can be corrected. Since DVD-R media is used it should be easy to send a corrected master and replace the discs.

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Any word from Jim?

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CacoDoomer said:
Any word from Jim?

Actually forgot I wanted to post about it here. Sorry about that.

He has been... surprisingly unhelpful. First I informed him about the AC3 64kbps audio, and even offered to remaster the disc for him. Here was his response:

Thanks for the observation. Unfortunately, the software I use to create the DVD does not have any other options for audio. I’ll certainly keep this in mind for any future DVD project. To tell you the truth, I don’t hear any differences from the MP3, one or two spots, perhaps. It’s like the vinyl versus CD discussion – some people miss the “warmth” of vinyl records; to me they just sound scratchy J

To make a quick comment on vinyl vs CD, I noted that CD audio is able to losslessly represent any sound the human ear can hear. To simply my request, I ask him if he would be willing to offer lossless FLAC renders for those who purchased the DVD (possibly with proof of purchase by forwarding the order confirmation). Specifically: "Really, the only reason someone would purchase the DVD is for perfect audio quality, so you should do something to rectify the situation."

Ok, I put a zip file of 320kbps mp3 files here:

... snip ...

So his solution to the problem was to zip up the mp3s hosted on his site and send a link. Silly considering they're all available for download from the site. I reiterate that he should give lossless renders, and that I don't feel that this is asking too much from him. But seeing as I got no response I have to concur with your suggestion "Do Not Buy!"

Perhaps his "high quality" synth is only able to produce mp3 files. :P

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On the DVD I recognized the pre installed orange arrows from DVDstyler and if he did use that, I know he could have had higher quality audio because I use DVDstyler all the time. Funny how I am not a professional sound guy and I hear the differences between the MP3s and DVD and he claims he really does not. Oh well at least we got the MP3s.

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