I wanted to bring to the forums a discussion which some players were having in the backstage chatroom (LBC-chat channel) at the Greenfields event this past weekend. It would also be nice to extend it further.
My goal for bring this subject to the forums is to help game developers see what the player base like about the music system and possible changed/improvements we would like for the future.
As the music system user player base is extensive, combining different folks with a whole range of tastes and wants. I do not expect us all to agree, but I hope we can agree that we love creating music for LOTRO and wish to continue to do so, for a while longer.
So here are a few questions I wish to poll everyone, you never know one or two of our wishes may seep into our gaming experience. If you could share your brief LOTRO musical and experience it may help gauge the common feeling between us.
Here I go:
About me: Lilikate Buggins, arranger of abc. files for various bands currently The Ninny Hammers. 3 years experience.
Q1: If you had to name two/three issues about the Music System at present that require attention/fixing what would they be? and Why are you unhappy with these issues at the moment?
I have an issue with the sample cap of the music system, Before the music system updates we could hear more sounds and perform with a larger band, now the notes clip/cut at random with an arrangement for 9 players. If it would be possible to address this without losing anymore sound quality I would love to be able to have more samples audiable in game.
I have noticed with this last update that when you sync a song. It begins playing but it can take a few bars for all the parts to gather together on the beat. I don't know if this is because my rig is under par, but I would like to see the drum track on the beat for the entire song and have all the parts begin syncing together on time from the 1st second of airplay.
Sound quality of instruments, in the latest update we also lost quality of sound in the Horn, I think this was something to do with an attempt to reduce the sample load but I would prefer the old Horn sample with the nice smooth mid range sound and not all the gravel we have atm. There is also an issue with samples clashing, I cite the Horn and Clarinet as an example When both play the same not what is heard is a little strange.
Q2: Please state two or three things about the music system at the present moment that you love. (yes I do want us to talk about the positive aspects of the music system as it stands now).
I love the in-tune clarinets and the nice flute sample in the top range. This includes the general improvement to the Pibgorn sample. I do like the increased range of the player music sound that is a vast improvement to the issues we have had with the directional sound limitations.
I would like to praise the music system, I am rewarded with hours of fun because it exists and I love using it. My LOTRO time is enhanced and I look forward to Saturdays when The Ninny Hammers perform on Bree Stage. I could not praise enough the people behind making the system or those who contribute, with plugins and converter programs to make our arranging experience easier Thank you all.
Q3: Discuss ideas you would love to see included within the present music system, these can be things like sound quality, new instruments, extra goodies like the ability to sync lyrics with the abc file.
I would like to see a quality improvement to some of the sound samples.
I would love to see new instruments introduced, I would love a sustained string (violin), and Oboe and a real Bassoon. I would love some real brass instruments, both Trumpet, Horn, and Trombone. I do feel that our present Horn sounds more like a Sax, and although I can trumpet sometimes with the pib I would love a real trumpet. I think some instruments like a Sitar may be fun seeing as we head east in LOTRO with the Epic over the next year or more. Other folks I know have their ideas so I shan't mention any more Oh and Timpani!