Soundtrack Central The best of VGM and other great soundtracks

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Dragonfish Dog Dec 9, 2015 (edited Dec 9, 2015)

http://www.play-asia.com/final-fantasy- … /13/707941

I'm only just finding this out now, but the FFX / FFX-2 HD remaster also got a remastered soundtrack, as well.

When it was first released, I heard everyone talking about it as if nothing had changed about the game, and it was just a direct port of FFX and FFX-2 to the PS3.

Somehow I stumbled upon the Final Fantasy X HD Remastered OST on YouTube, and (pauses) it's even better than the original version of the soundtrack was! Which, the original Final Fantasy X OST blew my mind back in the day like no other OST had in awhile! It's still one of my favorites, when so many OSTs have since fallen by the wayside, and it's about 14-15 years old! Oh wow, I feel old now. This game and its soundtrack were released half my life ago.

My whole point is, this release couldn't have been a CD release? They HAD to put it on Blu-Ray? How am I supposed to get it on my MP3 player? How does one copy/rip a Blu-Ray?

I can download audio and video off of YouTube, but after doing a search, only a handful of tracks have actually been put on YouTube.

James O Dec 9, 2015

if you actually buy the thing and you have a blu-ray drive in your computer you can extract the mp3's on disc.  Or you can put it in your networked blu-ray player and access the files to transfer to your computer. voila!

rein Dec 9, 2015

Blu-Ray releases
e-store exclusives
Special edition exclusives

VGM collecting is getting to be rather a chore.

Dragonfish Dog Dec 10, 2015

James O wrote:

if you actually buy the thing and you have a blu-ray drive in your computer you can extract the mp3's on disc.  Or you can put it in your networked blu-ray player and access the files to transfer to your computer. voila!

Thanks for mentioning that!

The PS3 is a Blu-Ray reader, and it can rip audio, so I wonder if I can use that to rip MP3s.

jb Dec 10, 2015 (edited Dec 10, 2015)

I don't think there's any definitive proof of what SQEX intentions with these releases are.  There are a number of theories, some of them being:

- Cheaper to produce 1 bluray disc than 4+ CDs
- Fits more music (FFXHD not so much an issue, FFXIV however has over 6 hours of music on theirs)
- Allows extra content to be added (All the blurays I've ripped to date have had some really beautiful images that play when the tracks do.  Not sure if they are from artbooks, the actual game, completely new or what.  Some of them have bonus FMVs)
- Some ... interesting thematic indexing for menus, where they can group tracks together by type, like Battle, Field etc.  One of them has a really neat menu that reminded me of the FFXIII talent thing.
- Is somewhat more of a collectible item

However, all that being said, if you put the Bluray disc in your PS3 or PS4, there is an option in the menu that turns the PS3 into a temporary web host and allows you to download zip files to any PC connected on your network that contain mp3s of what's on the disc.  They are 320 kbps.

You can also rip the discs if you're comfortable enough with software.  You have to first rip the Bluray into a container, then take the audio out of the container, then convert the audio from 96/24 to 44.1/16 since it's pretty pointless (and not mastered properly, more on that in a sec).  I don't normally like to advertise here (Adam, feel free to edit this if you don't want it posted) but I've already done this for all of the FF blurays, you can download them from gamemp3s.

Alllll that being said, some of these have some serious, serious issues.  You can view the threads for the albums over on the vgmdb forums for each.  SQEX is doing a really shitty job mastering these.  tldr of it is that they're upsampling 44.1/16 to 96/24 for these releases so a lot of them have some tracks that have really, really, really bad clipping and they sound AWFUL.  It's generally on the loud/full tracks and not that noticeable on all but if you have good equipment you will notice.  They've been getting better but they are still by no means that great.

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