Friday, May 18, 2007

Nine Inch Nails - "Year Zero" -- My 5.1 Surround Project

Original Post(modified): At first I was pretty disappointed that "Year Zero" was not released in 5.1 surround sound right away. Now I'm actually pretty glad, as it inspired me to work on a 5.1 version of the album myself, its been fun and a good learning experience. Back then I went through a long process of getting the Macintosh OS X installed on my PC so I could play around with the GarageBand files Trent provides on his site. I have since moved onto Ableton Live within windows which makes the process significantly faster.

I still have finishing touches to do on the ones I have released so far, but I think they are pretty good the way they are too. After my first couple songs I was listening to the official version of "The Downward Spiral" in 5.1 and realized I need to remove the drum beat from the rear speakers altogether for them to sound more official. Aside from fixing that with the first couple songs, theres only a few minor things I know I intend to change.

The individual songs are in Dolby Digital *.ac3 format, and with the right codec they will just play in windows media player through analog or spdif. Of course they wont help much unless you have at least 4.0 surround on your computer or unless you wanted to make a dvd-video yourself. If you are a fan of NIN and you're able to check them out, I don't think you would regret using the bandwidth.

Update(11-26-07): Long overdue beta2 of my DVD released, grab it from megaupload. Features the correct version of "Vessel" that was previously available in a patch for beta1, a much better version of "The Beginning of The End," and previously unreleased "God Given." Total of 7 tracks. I will have the pre-formatted Ableton Live versions of the remaining 9 tracks and looking forward to working on those :)

Update(7-20-09): I just started working on this project again. Going to do most of them from scratch mainly because I lost my source files, and they will be more consistent with each other in a few ways(higher bitrate for one). I finally have all the multi-track files in Ableton Live format, and too much free time on my hands lately, so I'm hoping to have the whole CD done within a few months. To start off, I worked on "Meet Your Master" a few hours ago and have added it to the list of ac3 files below. If anyone would like to be notified of updates to this project, email me and I will add you to a notify list.

Update(11-20-09): I guess I lied about getting the rest done real soon, and I no longer have a shit-load of free time, but I am still hoping to have it all done eventually.

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