SY99 Public Domain disks

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Re: SY99 Public Domain disks

Unread post by JK1974 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:22 pm

Hi,

I found this very interesting forum because my SY99 disk drive did not work anymore, but I also stopped at this very interesting thread here, so this is my first post... :D
And sorry that this first post is not the shortest one...

In the 90ies, I also tried to get all the sounds available on the web (and also bought some disks), and I remembered having downloaded a lot of banks and sounds for SY99, SY77 and TX16W and having it burned on a CD. I searched for this CD and found it a few days ago - created in 1998 as I could see in one of my CD tools.

Unfortunately, after have started sorting the files out, I had to realize that there is not too much (if at all) that helps filling the gaps, at least regarding the list of missing disks in the first thread (e.g. I am also missing all the TX16W collection discs for the SY99).

Nevertheless, I thought that (besides trying to get as much as possible) it might be a great idea to sort the collection, rename the files according to the list from http://web.archive.org/web/200206262219 ... ounds.html to get rid of filenames like ccorea.zip (even if you know what disk it is) and especially trying to remove the bunch of duplicates found on several sites. Furthermore, I would even try to sort out user banks that are available e.g. on Herbert Janssens page and give it a proper name.

So I started renaming and sorting all my files and the files available on the links mentioned in the last posts. Some banks could easily be identified by the name of the zip file. On a lot of other banks, I started comparing the files sizes and used a hex editor (freeware tool 'HxD') to look into the bytes of the header of the t.0x files. That way, I was able e.g. to identify some Sound Source Interactive banks that were still available for download as pd on one of the links mentioned in the posts before. However, I wonder e.g. if the Yamaha Factory Disks and the Synsation disks also are 'officially' public domain. I honestly don´t know if companies selling > 15 year old sample disks really make so much profit out of it (just found the SSI sample disk collection offered for $249.95), but if it is still copyrighted, it seems that we need to accept it like it is...

I also decompressed most of the IMZ files available for download on the facebook site (thanks a lot!), but some archives seemed to be defective - I will be going more into details in my next posts, if you are interested ;). Is there more information available on these italian disks, e.g. where they exactly came from, if they are pd or commercial, maybe even a list of releases?
And BTW: Does anybody have an old catalogue of EasySounds showing all order/serial numbers?

I would like to share this 'sorting list' of existing SY99 banks (and maybe later SY77 and TX16W) and would be happy if some of you also would support this little project by contributing or helping sorting out the rest of the banks to get some kind of 'clean' SY99/SY77/TX16W library. Furthermore, I would be very interested in your feedback in this little archiving project.

How to identify discs, auto rename sets and remove duplicates:
- As I already said, a hex editor was one of my tools to identify the sets, because sometimes, you can find the name of the company/author right at the beginning of the file. I also used HxD to find near-byte-identical duplicates. E.g. there exists a BEST-PD.ZIP (or similar) on the web that contains the same data as the "Supercollection+GM-Set", BEST-PD.T02. Doing a byte-by-byte comparison, I found that just a few bytes (< 10) at the beginning e.g. had a value of 01 instead of 00 (like the rest of bytes around), so I believe that this might have been a simple read or transmission error from the original bank (with no impact on the sound reproduction), even the SY99 might ignore those faulty bytes. Fortunately, this happened only a few times.
- The retro gaming community uses a freeware tool called clrmamepro for identifying gaming rom files that also could be used for sorting our collections. The idea behind this tool: Someone creates a data file (.dat) that contains archive names (in this case: the zip file), names of the files within these archives (e.g. corea.t01, gregor.t02...) and checksums of every single file. If you load this .dat file into clrmamepro and start the tool with the 'rebuild' menu, it scans your source directory, loads every file and compares it´s checksum agains the entries in the data file. If the checksum matches, a file has been identified. It then is being renamed (if neccessary), and a zip file is being created in the destination folder with the name noted in the data file - or the file is being added to an existing archive if the archive contained several files. And if you select, that you want to remove the source files after creating the archive, you remove duplicates automatically from the source directory! You can also use it for renaming existing files in an existing destination folder ('scan').
Said short: I (or someone else, I could give you a short how-to) upload the .dat file, you just load it into the tool, select 'rebuild' or 'scanner', and within seconds, you get exactly the same 'cleaned' archiv as I have it here ;). However, clrmamepro can of course only identify and sort discs that are noted in the data file.

Thanks a lot for reading ;)

JK1974

[EDIT]This is how it looks so far:
„Commercial“ sets:
PDD-SY99-01 - Sound Collection 1.zip
PDD-SY99-02 - Best TX16W - 1 (Strings).zip
PDD-SY99-08 - TX16W Industrial Groove 1.zip
PDD-SY99-17 - Best DX7 (128 Voices).zip
PDD-SY99-18 - D-70 Tube Organ.zip
PDD-SY99-19 - Sound Collection 2.zip
PDD-SY99-20 - Alesis D4 Drumset.zip
PDD-SY99-21 - Sound Collection 3.zip
PDD-SY99-22 - Sound Collection 4.zip
PDD-SY99-23 - Effect Library (64 Voices).zip
PDD-SY99-24 - Sound Collection 5.zip
PDD-SY99-25 - Sound Collection 6.zip
PDD-SY99-26 - Sound Collection 7.zip
PDD-SY99-27 - Best DX7 - 2 (128 Voices).zip
PDD-SY99-30 - Minimoog Glide.zip
PDD-SY99-31 - Minimoog Lead & Bass.zip
PDD-SY99-32 - Digital Soundeffects.zip
PDD-SY99-33 - Analog Soundeffects.zip
PDD-SY99-34 - Factory Voices SY77-TG77.zip
PDD-SY99-35 - Demodisk 1 'Gregor'.zip
PDD-SY99-36 - Demodisk 2 'Chick Corea' & Internal Voices.zip
PDD-SY99-37 - Demodisk 3 'Japan Collection'.zip
PDD-SY99-38 - Demodisk 4 'USA Collection'.zip
PDD-SY99-41 - Sound Collection 8.zip
PDP-SY99-01 - Supercollection & GM Set.zip
PDP-SY99-05 - Synsations Vol. 1 Disk 1.zip
PDP-SY99-05 - Synsations Vol. 1 Disk 2.zip
PDP-SY99-06 - Synsations Vol. 2 Disk 1.zip
PDP-SY99-06 - Synsations Vol. 2 Disk 2.zip
PDP-SY99-06 - Synsations Vol. 2 Disk 3.zip
PDP-SY99-06 - Synsations Vol. 2 Disk 4.zip
PDP-SY99-07 - Synsations Vol. 3 Disk 1.zip
PDP-SY99-07 - Synsations Vol. 3 Disk 2.zip
PDP-SY99-07 - Synsations Vol. 3 Disk 3.zip
PDP-SY99-07 - Synsations Vol. 3 Disk 4.zip
PRO-REC - Super Rap Kit 2.zip
SD-9901 - European Dance.zip
SD-9903 - Orchestral Instruments.zip
SD-9904 - Film Composer.zip
SSI-SY901 - Radical Film Textures.zip
SSI-SY904 - Rock, Pop & Roll.zip
SSI-SY9502 - 12 String.zip
SSI-SY9505 - MIDI Synths.zip
SSI-SY9507 - Ethnic Percussion.zip
SSI-SY9507 - Gazamba.zip
SSI-SY9507 - Hand Bells.zip
SSI-SY9507 - Tibetan Bells.zip
SSI-SY9507 - Wind Chimes.zip
SSI-SY9508 - Cymbals.zip
SSI-SY9508 - Gated Drums.zip
SSI-SY9508 - Reverb Drums.zip
SSI-SY9509 - Celtic Harp.zip
SSI-SY972 - Atmoshperic Textures.zip
SSI-SY972 - Dream Time Collection.zip
SSI-SY972 - Film Textures.zip
SSI-SY972 - Wavestation Impressions.zip
WD-9901YE - Analog Funk Section.zip
WD-9902YE - Analog Oscillators.zip
WD-9903YE - Orgel, Akkordeon & Splits.zip
WD-9904YE - Big Synths.zip
WD-9905YE - Acoustic Jazz Combo.zip
WD-9906YE - Super Synth.zip
WD-9907YE - Volksmusik.zip
WD-9909YE - Mega Keys.zip
WD-9911YE - Dance Charts.zip
YAMAHA SY99 Demonstration - American Collection.zip
YAMAHA SY99 Demonstration - Chick Corea & Internal Voice.zip
YAMAHA SY99 Demonstration - European Collection.zip
YAMAHA SY99 Demonstration - Gregor.zip
YAMAHA SY99 Demonstration - Japanese Collection.zip

User sets:
Argiris A. Kranidiotis - keymastr.zip
Boris Datz - Industry.zip
Don McMahon - don-live.zip
Herbert Janssen - 01-hejabank.new-analog.zip
Herbert Janssen - 02-hejabank.new-synths.zip
Herbert Janssen - 03-hejabank.new-keyb.zip
Herbert Janssen - 04-hejabank.new-voice1.zip
Herbert Janssen - 05-hejabank.new-voice2.zip
Herbert Janssen - 06-hejabank.new-blow.zip
Herbert Janssen - 07-hejabank.new-bass1.zip
Herbert Janssen - 08-hejabank.new-bass2.zip
Herbert Janssen - 09-hejabank.new-hit-pick.zip
Herbert Janssen - 10-hejabank.new-dx-select.zip
Herbert Janssen - 11-hejabank.new-dx7-1.zip
Herbert Janssen - 12-hejabank.new-dx7-2.zip
Herbert Janssen - 13-hejabank.new-dx7-3.zip
Herbert Janssen - cards.zip
Herbert Janssen - hejabank.zip
Herbert Janssen - sonstige.zip
James Alfredson III - jimdisk1.zip
James Alfredson III - jimdisk2.zip
James Alfredson III - jimdisk3.zip
James Alfredson III - jimdisk4.zip
James Alfredson III - jimdisk5.zip
James Alfredson III - jimdisk6.zip
James Alfredson III - jimdisk7.zip
James Alfredson III - jimdisk8.zip
Joerg Kluever - sy99-pd-mod1.zip
Joerg Kluever - sy99-pd-mod2.zip
Marko My”h„nen - marko-s1.zip
Marko My”h„nen - marko-s2.zip
Marko My”h„nen - marko-s3.zip
Marko My”h„nen - marko-s4.zip
Marko My”h„nen - marko-s5.zip
Marko My”h„nen - marko-s6.zip
Marko My”h„nen - marko-s7.zip
Marko My”h„nen - marko-s8.zip
Paul Burns - 4 Banks.zip
Sunel Florin – Uthopia.zip
Walter Hucal - Alien Hell.zip
Walter Hucal - Artnoise.zip
Walter Hucal - Artnoyze.zip
Walter Hucal - Bloatus.zip
Walter Hucal - Combo.zip
Walter Hucal - Elfparty.zip
Walter Hucal - Feelflow.zip
Walter Hucal - Rave It.zip
Walter Hucal - Robias.zip
Walter Hucal - Synergy.zip
Walter Hucal - Waltspch.zip
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Re: SY99 Public Domain disks

Unread post by Clyde » Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:46 am

Hi JK1974,
Welcome to the Forum! Thank you for putting in the time and effort to try and sort out some of these files/duplicates, etc., it can be very confusing. I can tell you from my experience back in the day, many of the files for the SY77 (such as Italian Collection) may have been Yamaha PDD disks, they were also freely distributed by almost all of the Yamaha dealers in the US (hey, we got some new files in, bring a floppy and you can duplicate it) as long as you had purchased an SY77 from them. From what little research I've done on the Sound Source Unlimited series of disks, it does appear that SSU sold their files/rights to another company and it would appear that the copyrights are intact. Please keep us updated on your project, I'm sure there are many SY99/77 users that would have an interest and this is one of the busiest SY forums on the internet.
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Re: SY99 Public Domain disks

Unread post by Clyde » Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:09 pm

Sonus, thanks for posting those links! I got to see some info I have not seen before, always good to fill in those knowledge gaps.
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Re: SY99 Public Domain disks

Unread post by synthjoe » Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:12 pm

Hi JK,

Welcome to the forum and appreciate your efforts! Glad to see this undertaking - I'd like to do something similar for the Korg T-series, but I could not find the right tool. Will have a look at 'clrmamepro'.
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Re: SY99 Public Domain disks

Unread post by Miks » Sat Oct 06, 2012 3:18 pm

I had a bunch of DX7-Sounds spread all over my hard drives... and one fine day I cleaned them up to eliminate all the doublettes, even if they had different names. I used a program named 'Dupe Hunter Professional 7.00.xxx. This program ignores the names, time stamps etc. of those files and is only verifying the plain data. Then it shows up a list with all the files containing the exact data in it and the places where they are located on your hard disk. Then you are allowed to decide which files to keep and which one to erase, and - woooschhhh - you 'll have no doublettes and lots of free space... :mrgreen:
It's the best one I ever worked with and I can recommend this lil' proggie! :D

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Re: SY99 Public Domain disks

Unread post by synthjoe » Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:12 pm

I'm using 'doublekiller.exe' which is great for files matching exactly, but with synth disks I've often found that a simple load and resave results in a slightly different disk image file, which means a different file for these tools. So for the time being I think that only a tool that is capable of considering a certain part of the file and not the others, as well as doing a random matching between the different segments can do a proper job. Looking for such a tool, desperately...
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Re: SY99 Public Domain disks

Unread post by JK1974 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:51 pm

Thank you very much for your hints on the tools and your interest. I have worked a lot on this in the last days, but I might slow down due to daily business and family ;). So please don´t wonder if I don´t answer/react daily.

I have uploaded the datfiles and my "unsorted package" = the files I have not sorted yet - maybe you can find any more information on those files. I just have seen that I also forgot to remove some SY77 files. I won´t put them in the SY99 archive because we all know that the effect settings are "not compatible". I also have found a package at Herbert Janssens server that is said to have the SY77-PD banks converted to SY99, however, the files seem to be byte identical to the "original" SY77-PD banks. The same is with the DX7 collection - afaik this has been done for SY77 and not been "optimized" for the SY99. You will also find the converted IMZ files there which I still not added as I just have seen the information on the italian banks posted here.
The archives in the facebook folder starting with "-" are the IMZ files I was unable to extract - anyone with ideas? Furthermore, on some IMZ files I had to remove the "/" or "\" in the filename using a hex editor to make it compatible to MS-DOS file format - Windows/DOS simply does not allow those letters in filenames.

If you use my datfiles for sorting your archive, you will find a lot of files left in the source folder. As I mentioned in my last post, apart from missing sets, there might also be sets that are already included in a slightly not byte identical version. If someone still has the original discs, it would be great to check if the versions in the dat files are really the "originals". And you might get a lot of 1 kb files just with a readme in it if you choose to remove matched sourcefiles (see below). Especially with the SY99 WD-99xxYE sets, I found two different readme files, a "German" short version from EasySounds and a longer "international" version. I included both of them, however, there are also sets with no textfiles. If you find "official" readmes, please leave a note.

I have uploaded both datfiles to http://www2.zshare.ma/0imx3jkuiwjy. I currently added only files that are/were available on the net. I also have a few additional commercial sets from EasySounds here, but I haven´t included them in the datfile yet. I called the first datfile "commercial sets" although it includes the PD files, the second datfile is called "user sets" because these banks were really distributed over the net and not sold by EasySounds etc.
My unsorted package can be downloaded at http://www2.zshare.ma/npjdm459ekpw - make sure that you use the right download link on those pages (scroll down) ;)

Here is a short how-to on clrmamepro - I am for sure no expert on using clrmamepro, but well, it works ;):
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Setup
- Download "clrmamepro" from http://www.emulab.it/clrmamepro - the ZIP version is sufficient. You can use either the 32 or the 64 bit version (as long as you use windows 64-bit), it makes no difference in functionality.
- Decompress the clrmamepro archive and copy the dat files to the subfolder "datfiles" of clrmamepro. Updating the datfiles works the same - you don´t have to delete the "old" datfiles as clrmamepro asks you if you want to update to the new files and keep your settings
- Start clrmamepro using the cmpro.exe, click on "ok"

Loading data files
- You see the content of the folder [NEW DATFILES]
- Click on one of the datfiles and select the button "Load / Update"
- Select "Default" (Create new default settings)
- If you want to reload this profile later, press the button "Profiler" in the main menu and click on the folder "[Profiles]" to see previously loaded/used datfiles

Settings
- In the mainmenu, click "Settings" to set the settings of the loaded profile
- From the drop-down in the upper left corner, select "ROM-Path"
- Click on the button "Add..." and select the directory,
a) where you want to save your sorted files to ("rebuild"; kind of destination directory)
b) where your (sorted) files are located ("scan", i.e. check if all your files are ok). Of course, you can also set your current SY99 files directory here, but then, the scan will remove (with backup) all files that are said to be "unnecessary" files - in our case, all unknown files would be removed!
- You can select both checkboxes below "Date/Time", but that´s optional
- Click on "Compressor..." and set the pathes to your winrar and 7z exe (don´t know if rar.exe is sufficient instead of winrar.exe) if you also have SY99 archives in rar and 7z format. You can also copy winrar.exe and 7z.exe to your clrmamepro folder.

Rebuild sets
- Click on "Rebuilder" to copy or move files from an unsorted folder to a new directory (just set as "ROM-Path" in the settings)
- Select the path with unsorted SY99 files as "Source" path.
IMPORTANT: - If you want to "clean" the source directory so that only the unsorted files are left, check the box "Remove Matched Sourcefiles". If sourcefiles have been removed, you can´t undo this. Some make sure, you have a backup. If you don´t set this checkbox, you will not see which files have been copied.
- Click on "Advanced". Select the checkbox at "Skip creation when file exists in ROM-Path".
- Click "Rebuild"

Scan sets
- Click on "Scanner" in the main menu
- If you want to allow clrmamepro to rename files or archives or want clrmamepro to delete unnecessary files (i.e. files that have been removed from the datfile; the files are being backuped in the backup path set in "Settings") select the appropriate checkboxes below "Fix"
- Click on "New scan"
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Good luck, and please give me your feedback on the renaming, packaging etc. ;). As a general note, as far as I know, clrmamepro does not support folders within archives. That´s why I have split e.g. the Synsation disks to different archives.

BTW: I just found all the EasySounds letters I receiver 1992-1996 for advertisment purposes, however, I nowhere found PDP-SY99-02 to PDP-SY99-04 listed - does anyone have information on the content of those sets? Furthermore, the Yamaha Factory Disks really also seem to be/have been copyrighted sets - at least, they were far more expensive than the PD disks. EasySounds also sold some SSI disks, but later, they sold them nearly at the same price as the PD disks. In fact, SSI disks are now being distributed by a different company, need to search for the link again I found two days ago.
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Re: SY99 Public Domain disks

Unread post by Clyde » Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:18 am

"Furthermore, the Yamaha Factory Disks really also seem to be/have been commercial copyrighted sets (and they were more expensive). They also sold some SSI disks, but in the end, sold them at a very low price."

That might be very true, but I can tell you that local Yamaha dealers in the late '80s and early '90s would pretty much let you copy any Yamaha DX7II, SY77, SY99, etc. disk they had, provided you had bought the same synth from them as I did back then (kind of like "local dealer support"). SSI disks? Not sure what you mean there, the Sound Source Unlimited disks (if that's what you mean) I've always heard referred to as SSU. At least one of the SSU programmers did some of the factory voices for the SY series, not sure how many programmers, how many voices, or which SY synths specifically (though I am positive that one SSU programmer did some SY77 factory voices). All of this has been quite a few years ago and I'm perhaps a little fuzzy on some of the details due to how long ago (22 years) and my aging brain!
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Re: SY99 Public Domain disks

Unread post by JK1974 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:56 am

Clyde wrote:SSI disks? Not sure what you mean there, the Sound Source Unlimited disks (if that's what you mean) I've always heard referred to as SSU.
You are right, http://web.archive.org/web/200206262219 ... ounds.html talks about Sound Source Interactive and starts the filenames with SSI, while you and also the EasySound catalogues talk about Sound Source Unlimited. With the next dats, I want to rename the sets from SSI to SSU.
Clyde wrote:...but I can tell you that local Yamaha dealers in the early '90s would pretty much let you copy any Yamaha DX7II, SY77, SY99, etc. disk they had, provided you had bought the same synth from them as I did back then (kind of like "local dealer support").
Difficult situation: While soundlogicusa does not list the disc, I found the company that bought SSU selling the discs for > 200 US-$ - need to look for the link again.
Sonus wrote:PDP-SY99-02 "Soundpack" (3 disks) = PDD-01,19,21,22,24,25,26,41
PDP-SY99-03 "Samplepack 1" (7 disks) = PDD-02,03,04,06,07,28,29
PDP-SY99-04 "Samplepack 2" (7 disks) = PDD-05,08,09,10,31,32,33
Thank you for this information. This would mean duplicate content, but I think nevertheless that it would have to be included. Does anyone have this collections? I could "rebuild" at least PDP-SY99-02 from my existing discs, but I would be interested in the exact filenames and maybe the readme.
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Re: SY99 Public Domain disks

Unread post by synthjoe » Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:19 am

IMZ is a zipped IMG/IMA file. I think WinImage should be able to read it (can download a free trial version from their website).
Hope this helps.
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Re: SY99 Public Domain disks

Unread post by JK1974 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:45 am

I used WinImage as well as Virtual Floppy Drive from http://vfd.sourceforge.net/#download. However, the sets I have marked with "-" could be opened, but the files could not be extracted. I have also not seen non-MS-DOS letters in the filenames, so I don´t know how to fix this in a fast way. If those archives are really not defective or no one loads up extracted versions in the next days/week, I am going to try to mount the images with Linux.

[EDIT]
EasySounds still sells SY99 disks (also some of them that we already found on the web) at http://easysounds.eshop.t-online.de/epa ... ge%22/SY99 - 120€ for the "SY99 Voice Collection 1". Some of them are from the Yamaha Library, others like "FM-Fantasy" and "Digital Fascination" seem to be from EasySounds themselves. Need to check my letters from the 90ies for more details...
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Re: SY99 Public Domain disks

Unread post by JK1974 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:51 pm

Sonus wrote:Disk-Manager is an excellent image tool
http://www.lexlechz.at/en/software.html
Thank you very much for this hint. With the tool, I was able to unpack the remaining IMZ files from X-Club. However, most of the IMZ sets were files for SY77 or TX16W that I want to put in separate libraries, not the SY99 library, even if the SY99 is compatible.

I have updated the dat files with the X-Club SY99 Sample Library and renamed the SSI sets to SSU.

First, I did not want to upload my sorted set, because I wanted everybody interested to get in touch with clrmamepro to support this project ;), but because especially unpacking every single IMZ file is a really boring job, I decided to make an exception today. But again, please help filtering your sets with clrmamepro to find missing pieces.

This is the download link, updated dat files included: http://www2.zshare.ma/nvcyruvoihio. The archive only contains files that are (still) available on the web.

There is also an new unsorted file. Most of the files in the archive are tools and documents, just a few banks, sysex data and mid files left: http://www2.zshare.ma/bg8zfw1uwtmx
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Re: SY99 Public Domain disks

Unread post by JK1974 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:09 pm

This is the latest version of the dat files: http://www2.zshare.ma/srgralncyzun.

New disks e.g. from the archives mentioned at http://www.yamahaforums.co.uk/forum/vie ... 262#p20269 have been added.

You will also find now a "duplicate" dat, that collects the duplicates. So, if you use all 3 dats on a source directory with the deletion option of matched sourcfiles enabled, only unknown and still to be sorted sets should be left (besides of tools, documents, midi files, sysex files).

Nevertheless, still a lot is missing, a few sets even unsorted because they are from an unknown source - any help is appreciated ;)
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Re: SY99 Public Domain disks

Unread post by JK1974 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:01 am

I don´t know if there are any more bigger online ressources left, but I believe that we have come to a point where most of the SY99 content left is (at least former) copyrighted material or material where the copyright status is unknown.
I understand if people fear getting problems when they distribute or post further sets even if they are not available anymore in the stores, older than 15 years and disks as well as drives are about to die.

However, you can still contribute to this project, even if you refuse to posts or send me your sets. If you look with a text editor at the content of a clrmamepro dat file, you can clearly see how it works:

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<game name="PDD-SY99-01 - Sound Collection 1">
   <description>PDD-SY99-01 - Sound Collection 1</description>
   <rom name="PDD99-01.T01" size="626688" crc="8e629a4d" md5="b5999324efb7a89b2acac0abde190a26" sha1="95bd56e4d3ff0b7bc333ff0868614e65577e5ca4"/>
   <rom name="PDD99-01.TXT" size="77" crc="18efe3cb" md5="7d610a38830114ed619b9232062db883" sha1="5a82eb040438fb65b5406e8a0d9fc430df9bd6d2"/>
</game>
So, all I need from you is the name of the files (clrmamepro calls it "rom name") and their size, CRC32, MD5 and SHA1 value - and maybe a recommendation for the name of the set ("game name").

For calculating all these values, you can use e.g. the freeware tool "Hash My Files" from http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/hash_my_files.html.

As an alternative, you can use clrmamepro itself. There is a button called "dir2dat" in the profile menu that I use for generating the dats. Remove all checkboxes apart from "calculate MD5" and "calculate SHA1" and maybe the search in subfolders option. Select the source directory with the compressed SY99 sets and the output dir where you want the datfile to be stored. That´s how I generated my datfiles.
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Re: SY99 Public Domain disks

Unread post by JK1974 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:03 am

Attached you will find updated dat files I did some days/weeks ago - I think I just did some more renamings.

I haven´t found or got information of new sets since my last post, and even on a "80.000 sounds library collection" I bought in the meantime from eBay, I did not find more files than already posted here.

I still have some scans of Easy Sounds catalogues from the 90ies that might help finding and identifying missing sets - I might upload it when I have OCRed it (e.g. for searching and translation). But nevertheless, your help is needed to continue this project.
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