Music by Ryo Nagamatsu and Koji Kondo
Compiled and edited by arborelia
Released: January 29, 2021
Setting up this pack for the first time
On Windows, you can run
ALBW Pack Builder.bat to create the PCM files you'll need.
Or you can run
msupcm.exe msu_albw.json at the command line, or drag and drop
msupcm.exe. All of these do the same thing.
msupcm.exe is a copy of msupcm++, by qwertymodo. The source code (which also runs on Linux) is available at https://github.com/qwertymodo/msupcmplusplus.
What is MSU-1?
MSU-1 is a custom co-processor for the SNES that allows it to play CD-quality audio. It was designed long after the SNES era, so it never existed in an official game cartridge, but it's implemented in modern SNES interfaces such as sd2snes, and emulators such as Snes9x.
Playing ALttP with this pack
Put your ROM from the ALttP Randomizer in this folder. Name it "msu_albw.sfc". Run it with Snes9x 1.60 or later. (The music will be choppy on 1.55.)
You can also use a vanilla ROM of ALttP if you apply its MSU patch. However, the vanilla game doesn't support unique music per dungeon.
If you see directions telling you to disable music in the randomizer settings, those directions are old and won't work. Music should be enabled.
Some features of this pack
Unlike the original ALBW pack (which predates extended MSU-1 support in the randomizer), this pack has unique music for most dungeons.
Where possible, I made use of the different variations on themes that appear in ALBW:
Hyrule Overworld changes to Hyrule Overworld 2, including the initial fanfare, after you pull the pedestal.
Lorule Overworld changes to Lorule Overworld 2 when you have 7 crystals.
ALBW has five increasingly intense versions of the Lorule Castle theme, depending on the number of sections you've completed. On the OST and here, they're combined into one big track that plays them in order of intensity. I make it loop by going back to the 3rd version (so that the drumbeat doesn't suddenly drop out). So the loop goes 1 2 3 4 5 5 3 4 5 5 ...
Misery Mire is not a dungeon in ALBW, so in this pack, I use Hilda's theme (Princess Hilda Appears) for it.
ALBW has a lot of battle themes for different situations, and I was able to use them to give almost every boss in ALttP a unique theme, with the Lorule boss theme used twice.
Improvements over my previous versions
Version 1.0 of this pack (from January 4, 2021) relied on the 3DS audio rips of the soundtrack that could be found on KHInsider and YouTube. The biggest problem with these was that they included game noises over the music, or cut off the beginnings of tracks.
To make this version, I purchased and ripped the official Japanese soundtrack CD, giving me pristine versions of the game music, higher-quality recordings, and coverage of more tracks.
The change from 2.0 to 2.1 is that I renamed the tracks to match the English titles on the European release, instead of them being my own guesses at a translation from Japanese. This doesn't change the audio at all, it just makes me feel that I'm no longer adding to the proliferation of inconsistent, confusing track names. Version 2.0 is still downloadable if I messed something up.
These tracks refer to tracks on the game's OST CD set, using the English titles from the European release.
# Usage in ALttP Track on the ALBW OST ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 01 Opening theme 1-03 Title Screen 02 Light World 1-19 Hyrule Theme 03 Rain state 1-37 Restoring Queen Oren (Zora's Domain) 04 Bunny 1-13 Ravio's Theme 05 Lost Woods 1-38 Lost Woods 06 Prologue 1-02 A Kingdom's Legend 07 Kakariko Village 1-15 Kakariko Village 09 Dark World 2-01 Lorule Theme 10 Pull pedestal 1-40 Master Sword Fanfare 11 File select 1-26 Mother Maiamai's Theme 12 Guards! 1-07 Seres' Screams 13 Dark Death Mountain 2-02 Scaling Death Mountain 14 Minigame 1-24 Hyrule Hotfoot 15 Skull Woods overworld 1-39 Deeper Into the Lost Woods 16 Hyrule Castle 1-42 Hyrule Castle Battle Theme 17 (vanilla) LW dungeon 1-20 The 3 Dungeons of Hyrule 18 Cave 1 2-16 Dungeon - The Dark Palace 19 Boss victory 1-22 Beating the Boss 20 Sanctuary 1-11 At the Sanctuary 21 (vanilla) Boss 2-17 The Bosses of Lorule 22 (vanilla) DW dungeon 2-08 Dungeon - Thieves' Hideout 23 Shop 1-23 Venturing Indoors 24 Cave 2 1-08 Cavern Theme (Going Underground) 25 (vanilla) Zelda Rescue 1-18 Meeting Princess Zelda (with intro) 26 Crystal collected 1-18 Meeting Princess Zelda 27 Fairy fountain 1-04 Selection Screen 28 Agahnim zaps Zelda 1-32 Yuga's Theme 29 Ganon reveals himself 2-25 Ganon Returns 30 Drop in to Ganon 1-47 Ganon Appears 31 Boss: Ganon 2-26 Facing Ganon 32 Triforce room 2-20 Completing the Triforce 33 Triumphant Return 2-32 Credits (edited to fit in 3:49) 34 Credits Milk Bar medley: Zelda's Theme / Lorule Theme / Hyrule Theme 35 Eastern Palace 1-20 The 3 Dungeons of Hyrule 36 Desert Palace 2-10 Dungeon - Desert Palace 37 Agahnim's Tower 1-44 Between Worlds 38 Swamp Palace 2-11 Dungeon - Swamp Palace 39 Palace of Darkness 2-15 Sneaking Into the Dark Palace 40 Misery Mire 1-48 Princess Hilda Appears 41 Skull Woods (interior) 2-14 Dungeon - Skull Woods 42 Ice Palace 2-12 Dungeon - Ice Ruins 43 Tower of Hera 1-20 The 3 Dungeons of Hyrule 44 Thieves' Town 2-08 Dungeon - Thieves' Hideout 45 Turtle Rock 2-13 Dungeon - Turtle Rock 46 Ganon's Tower 2-23 Lorule Castle 47 Boss: Armos Knights 1-33 Facing Yuga in the Eastern Palace 48 Boss: Lanmolas 1-21 Hyrule Bosses 49 Boss: Agahnim 1 1-45 Facing Yuga in Hyrule Castle 50 Boss: Arrghus 2-05 Treacherous Tower 51 Boss: Helmasaur King 2-17 The Bosses of Lorule 52 Boss: Vitreous 2-17 The Bosses of Lorule 53 Boss: Mothula 1-49 StreetPass Battle Theme 54 Boss: Kholdstare 1-10 The Ruined Room (Battle Theme) 55 Boss: Moldorm 1-09 The Ruined Room 56 Boss: Blind 2-09 Don't Leave Me Here! 57 Boss: Trinexx 2-28 Final Showdown with Ganon (second half) 58 Boss: Agahnim 2 2-28 Final Showdown with Ganon (first half) 60 LW after pedestal 1-41 Hyrule Theme 2 61 DW after 7 crystals 2-22 Lorule Theme 2
Mother Maiamai's Theme (File Select) actually comes from the 3DS audio rip by helsionium, because it's more complete than track 1-26 on the official OST. The "Milk Bar Medley" was assembled by me from tracks included in helsionium's rip.
I edited the "Staff Credits" track from the OST, cutting out a section of the music so it would finish at the length of the ALttP credits. And though in most cases I appreciated the OST's clean recordings without sound effects, in the case of the credits, I edited the sound of birds surrounding the pedestal back in. Birds are nice.
My Twitch channel is https://twitch.tv/arborelia . I play a lot of modes of ALttPR and many other randomizers.
You can follow me on Twitter as @arborelia, where I may post future MSU-1 packs, or updates to this pack, but honestly I'll mostly post gay girly shit.