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21st October, 2009 at 20:42:24 -

Hello people !
I have been inactive with the game producing for a long time and thought it was time to come back !
On the way i encountered a problem that i also had with my last rts gams:
The midi music !

It seems to lag everytime it changes midi track or in the start of a level.
Do you have any idéas?

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22nd October, 2009 at 00:47:50 -

No sir, it does that to me too and always has. That lag I hear is the time it takes to load the midi's information so it can play it. Unfortunately it also has a lag between loops as well and almost always cuts off the first note of the song from the 2nd loop onward.

If there's a way to somehow preload these things that might help with your intial lag problems.

 
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22nd October, 2009 at 00:50:24 -

Game looks great. Welcome back!

 

  		
  		

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22nd October, 2009 at 04:01:42 -

That's a timeless lovely bug. Takes me back to my roots, back to the knp days.

Yep that midi delay bug has been around since the beginning.

 
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22nd October, 2009 at 12:17:17 -

Oh nothing to do then, after all it is´nt that big of a deal
Thanks for the help !

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22nd October, 2009 at 21:03:35 -

I think the only worthwhile solution is to have your music in a different format (even converting a midi file to MP3 even though that goes against the whole idea of Midi) and using a plugin to play it.

 
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It might not be a bad idea to use something like iTunes to convert it to MP3 (Makes it sound better usually) and then use audacity to make it an OGG so you can keep it internal.

 

  		
  		

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29th October, 2009 at 14:57:20 -

sounds like a good idea !
I will try it when i get home from my vacation in Thailand
Thanks once again !

 
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29th October, 2009 at 16:09:16 -

So there isn't an extension that can playback midi with precaching or a buffer or something?

 
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29th October, 2009 at 19:40:56 -

Have you tried the MCI object? I remember it solving all the MIDI problems in TGF1 I think this can play your midis without lagging your game.

 
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29th October, 2009 at 22:39:46 -

I think direct show can play midis. Testing...

 
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29th October, 2009 at 22:48:09 -

Yep direct show loops midi's with out any hiccups.

 
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29th October, 2009 at 23:35:29 -


Originally Posted by Ricky Garces
Yep direct show loops midi's with out any hiccups.



That's very very useful, Ricky - thanks! I know that hardly anyone uses MIDI music anymore but I like to use it for my competition games.

Are there any disadvantages to using Direct Show? I've never used it.

 
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29th October, 2009 at 23:50:12 -

I don't know how to make direct show play over frame, or if it even can.

 
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30th October, 2009 at 01:29:59 -

Does directshow make the midi internal? I'm probably alone in this, but I hate having external files thrown willy nilly everywhere.

 

  		
  		
   

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