This mod replaces Sonic & Knuckles Collection's MIDI-based music system with one that emulates the SMPS sound driver from the Megadrive version.
Features: * SMPS playback using ValleyBell's core with better-than-MD quality. * Restores Sonic 3's midboss music when playing Sonic 3 mode. * Restores fadeouts when appropriate. * Includes SMPS versions of PC-only tracks and tracks from prototypes. * Can be used together with the HQ music mod and the original MIDI music. * Can be configured to use FM drums. * NEW for the contest: Sonic 3D Blast music!
Installation: Simply extract the 7z archive to the folder where Sonic & Knuckles Collection is installed, then there are three options depending on how you want to set it up: * To have the SMPS player as the default with the MIDI player as a fallback, rename the original MIDIOUT.DLL to MIDIOUTY.DLL, then rename SMPSOUT.DLL to MIDIOUT.DLL. * To have the SMPS player as the default with the HQ music mod as a fallback, rename the original MIDIOUT.DLL to MIDIOUTX.DLL, rename the HQ music DLL to MIDIOUTY.DLL, then rename SMPSOUT.DLL to MIDIOUT.DLL. * To have the HQ music mod as the default with the SMPS player as a fallback, rename the original MIDIOUT.DLL to MIDIOUTY.DLL, rename SMPSOUT.DLL to MIDIOUTX.DLL, then rename the HQ music DLL to MIDIOUT.DLL.
Configuration: By creating and editing an 'SMPSOUT.ini' file or using the 'SMPSCFG.exe' program included, you can change which tracks the game plays on a per-game basis or globally. Per-game settings other than "Default" will override the global settings. * A setting of "MIDI" on any track will cause the game to play music using either the original MIDI player or the HQ music mod, depending on how it was installed. * Tracks with options other than "Default" and "MIDI" will also have a "Random" option, which will cause the game to randomly select one of the additional options every time the track is played. * If you add the line "FMDrums=True" to 'SMPSOUT.ini' and set Sonic & Knuckles Collection's BGM mode to "FM Synthesizer", the music will be played using FM drums rather than drum samples.