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MOTHER 3 Soundfont

by fluidvolt

Uploaded on Jan 03, 2016 (and last updated on Jan 20, 2016)

Hi! Have you ever wanted to write your own music with the sounds of Mother 3? Well today's your lucky-- What? Say that again? You don't even know how this file ended up on your computer? Oh. That's... kinda scary. It's like a high-tech ghost story. Hm.

...

Well, wanna have a go at it anyway?


Oh! Before I forget, I wrote an album of 12 original songs, using only this soundfont. The album's called Clay Memory. Take a listen to hear this soundfont in action: https://fluidvolt.bandcamp.com

What is this thing?

After Bregalad created his fantastic program GBA Mus Riper, it's been possible to dump Mother 3's sounds into a massive soundfont of 1668(!) instruments. For the purposes of playing Mother 3 midis it's perfect. Trying to write your own music with it though... not so much. I'm not saying it can't be done, but it's gonna be a struggle. There's not a name to be found and it has tons of near-duplicate instruments.

That's where this soundfont comes in handy. I combed through the gigantic raw soundfont of 1668 instruments, weeded out duplicate instruments, removed junk data, etc. Fast-forward more hours than I care to count, and, after naming and organizing, it's been pared down to a more manageable 214 instruments. Still a lot, but it's a "rubbing your hands together, can't wait to get started" a lot, not a "tearing your hair out, this is freakin' impossible" a lot.

How to use

If your music software supports soundfonts natively, just pop the .sf2 files into its soundfont/resource folder and get composing! If not, there are plenty of free VSTi plug-ins that will allow you to use soundfonts. Do a quick web search for one and you'll be set.

As for how the soundfont is organized, it's pretty straightforward. The main soundfont is split up between the melodic patches (patches no. 00 - 128) and percussive (depending on your soundfont player, percussion may start on patch no. 129, or it might be in its own bank, no. 128). The percussive set is also a catch-all collection full of weird pad sounds, drum loops, sound effects, and basic Gameboy sounds.

There's also an additional soundfont of 100 instruments where I split the drumkit into individual instruments. This is useful if you want to pitch the drumkit sounds independently or for more fine-tuned control.

Also, keep in mind many of the instrument names are suggestions, at best. Be creative with the sounds!

Legal Stuff

It goes without saying, but just in case it doesn't: all sounds in this soundfont belong to HAL Laboratory, Inc.

Thanks

Thanks to Bregalad. Without GBA Mus Riper this wouldn't exist.

Thanks to sleepytimejesse, who started me out on this whole soundfont-makin' thing.

Thanks to the fine folks at Ubiktune, both for hosting these files and the companion album. Check 'em out for some great music.

Thanks to Clyde "Mato" Mandelin and the Mother 3 translation team. I'm sincerely grateful for the opportunity to play Mother 3 in English.

And, of course, extra-special thanks to Shigesato Itoi for making wonderful, deeply beautiful games, and to Keiichi Suzuki, Hirokazu Tanaka and Shogo Sakai for making wonderful, deeply beautiful music to match.

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Extra considerations: Use 'em however you want -- I don't own these sounds. Put them to good use!

File content

  • fluidvolt-mother-3-soundfont.zip
    • Mother 3 Drumkit.sf2
      • 000-000 Boomy
      • 000-001 Chirp
      • 000-002 Chord Aug.
      • 000-003 Chord Dim.
      • 000-004 Chord Maj. 1 Long
      • 000-005 Chord Maj. 1 Short
      • 000-006 Chord Maj. 2 Long
      • 000-007 Chord Maj. 2 Short
      • 000-008 Chord Min. 1 Long
      • 000-009 Chord Min. 1 Short
      • 000-010 Chord Min. 2 Long
      • 000-011 Chord Min. 2 Short
      • 000-012 Chord 7th Long
      • 000-013 Chord 7th Short
      • 000-014 Crowd
      • 000-015 PickSlide
      • 000-016 SitarFlourish
      • 000-017 Steppy
      • 000-022 Agogo 1
      • 000-023 Agogo 2
      • 000-024 Bendy Hat
      • 000-025 Bongo 1
      • 000-026 Bongo 2
      • 000-027 Castanet
      • 000-028 Clap
      • 000-029 Cowbell High
      • 000-030 Cowbell Low
      • 000-031 Crash 1
      • 000-032 Crash 2
      • 000-033 Crash 3
      • 000-034 Crash 4
      • 000-035 Cymbal Roll
      • 000-036 Gong
      • 000-037 Guiro Long
      • 000-038 Guiro Short 1
      • 000-039 Guiro Short 2
      • 000-040 Hat Close
      • 000-041 Hat Closed
      • 000-042 Hat Open 1
      • 000-043 Hat Open 2
      • 000-044 Hit
      • 000-045 Iron
      • 000-046 Jingle Bell
      • 000-047 Kick 1
      • 000-048 Kick 2
      • 000-049 Kick 3
      • 000-050 Kick 4
      • 000-051 Kick 5
      • 000-052 Kick 6
      • 000-053 Kick 7
      • 000-054 Kick 8
      • 000-055 Kick 9
      • 000-056 Kick Noisy
      • 000-057 Kick Sub
      • 000-058 Kick Synth
      • 000-059 Kick Tinny
      • 000-060 Kick Wobbly
      • 000-061 Reverse Crash
      • 000-062 Ride 1
      • 000-063 Ride 2
      • 000-064 Ride 3
      • 000-065 Ride 4
      • 000-066 Shaker
      • 000-067 Slapback
      • 000-068 Snare 1
      • 000-069 Snare 2
      • 000-070 Snare 3
      • 000-071 Snare 4
      • 000-072 Snare 5
      • 000-073 Snare 6
      • 000-074 Snare 7
      • 000-075 Snare 8
      • 000-076 Snare 9
      • 000-077 Snare 10
      • 000-078 Snare 11
      • 000-079 Snare Brush
      • 000-080 Snare Roll
      • 000-081 Snare Synth
      • 000-082 Snare Tinny 1
      • 000-083 Snare Tinny 2
      • 000-084 Snare Toy
      • 000-085 Taiko
      • 000-086 Tambourine
      • 000-087 Tambourine Short
      • 000-088 Timbale
      • 000-089 Tom Low 1
      • 000-090 Tom Low 2
      • 000-091 Tom Low 3
      • 000-092 Tom Low 4
      • 000-093 Tom Synth 1
      • 000-094 Tom Synth 2
      • 000-095 Triangle
      • 000-096 Triangle Muted
      • 000-097 Udu 1
      • 000-098 Udu 2
      • 000-099 Woodblock
    • Mother 3.sf2
      • 000-000 Acoustic Bass
      • 000-001 Bandoneon
      • 000-002 Banjo
      • 000-003 Bass 1
      • 000-004 Bass 2
      • 000-005 Bass Fingered
      • 000-006 Bass Fretless+
      • 000-007 Bassoon
      • 000-008 Bassoon+Strings
      • 000-009 Bass Slap+
      • 000-010 Bass Slap 2
      • 000-011 Bass Slap 3
      • 000-012 Bass Slap 4
      • 000-013 Bell Tower
      • 000-014 Bone Marimba
      • 000-015 Bongo Flute
      • 000-016 Brass+
      • 000-017 Buzzy
      • 000-018 Celesta
      • 000-019 Cello
      • 000-020 Chimes
      • 000-021 Chime Tone 1
      • 000-022 Chime Tone 2
      • 000-023 Chime Tone 3
      • 000-024 Choir 1
      • 000-025 Choir 2
      • 000-026 Choir+Horn
      • 000-027 Clarinet+
      • 000-028 Desert Flute
      • 000-029 E. Piano
      • 000-030 E. Piano Chorus
      • 000-031 Flute 1
      • 000-032 Flute 2
      • 000-033 FM Bass 1
      • 000-034 FM Bass 2
      • 000-035 Glassy
      • 000-036 Guitar
      • 000-037 Guitar Ch. Maj.
      • 000-038 Guitar Ch. Min.
      • 000-039 Guitar Chorus
      • 000-040 Guitar Distort 1
      • 000-041 Guitar Distort 2
      • 000-042 Guitar Electric 1
      • 000-043 Guitar Electric 2
      • 000-044 Guitar+Bass
      • 000-045 Guitar Power Chord
      • 000-046 Guitar Synth 1
      • 000-047 Guitar Synth 2
      • 000-048 Harp
      • 000-049 Horn
      • 000-050 Kalimba 1
      • 000-051 Kalimba 2
      • 000-052 Marimba
      • 000-053 Marimba Windy
      • 000-054 Metal Keys
      • 000-055 OrchestraHit+
      • 000-056 Organ 1
      • 000-057 Organ 2
      • 000-058 Organ 3
      • 000-059 Organ 4
      • 000-060 Piano 1
      • 000-061 Piano 2
      • 000-062 Piano Low
      • 000-063 Piano Minor
      • 000-064 Pipe Organ
      • 000-065 Pizzicato
      • 000-066 Quick Fifths
      • 000-067 Saw Blip
      • 000-068 Saw-ish
      • 000-069 Saxophone+
      • 000-070 Shamisen
      • 000-071 Sine 1
      • 000-072 Sine 2
      • 000-073 Sine 3
      • 000-074 Steel Drum
      • 000-075 Strings+ 1
      • 000-076 Strings+ 2
      • 000-077 Synth 1\9
      • 000-078 Synth Bass 1\9
      • 000-079 Synth Brass 1
      • 000-080 Synth Brass 2
      • 000-081 Synth Brass 3
      • 000-082 Synth Celesta
      • 000-083 Synth Choir 1
      • 000-084 Synth Choir 2
      • 000-085 Synth E. Piano
      • 000-086 Synth Fifths 1
      • 000-087 Synth Fifths 2
      • 000-088 Synth Fifths 3
      • 000-089 Synth Glow
      • 000-090 Synth Guitar
      • 000-091 Synth Harpsichord
      • 000-092 Synth Horn 1
      • 000-093 Synth Horn 2
      • 000-094 Synth Horn 3
      • 000-095 Synth Horn 4
      • 000-096 Synth Keys
      • 000-097 Synth m7
      • 000-098 Synth Major
      • 000-099 Synth Marimba
      • 000-100 Synth Meow
      • 000-101 Synth Minor
      • 000-102 Synth Multi+
      • 000-103 Synth Mystical
      • 000-104 Synth Octave
      • 000-105 Synth Ooh
      • 000-106 Synth Pad
      • 000-107 Synth Piano
      • 000-108 Synth Resonance
      • 000-109 Synth Skip
      • 000-110 Synth Stab
      • 000-111 Synth Strings 1
      • 000-112 Synth Strings 2
      • 000-113 Synth Strings 3
      • 000-114 Synth Strings 4
      • 000-115 Synth Trumpet
      • 000-116 Synth Whistle
      • 000-117 Timpani 1
      • 000-118 Timpani 2
      • 000-119 Timpani 3
      • 000-120 Toy Piano
      • 000-121 Trumpet+
      • 000-122 Trumpet Hit
      • 000-123 Tuba+
      • 000-124 Wacky Fifths
      • 000-125 Warbly Synth
      • 000-126 Xylophone
      • 000-127 Zither
      • 001-077 Synth 2\9
      • 001-078 Synth Bass 2\9
      • 002-077 Synth 3\9
      • 002-078 Synth Bass 3\9
      • 003-077 Synth 4\9
      • 003-078 Synth Bass 4\9
      • 004-077 Synth 5\9
      • 004-078 Synth Bass 5\9
      • 005-077 Synth 6\9
      • 005-078 Synth Bass 6\9
      • 006-077 Synth 7\9
      • 006-078 Synth Bass 7\9
      • 007-077 Synth 8\9
      • 007-078 Synth Bass 8\9
      • 008-077 Synth 9\9
      • 008-078 Synth Bass 9\9
      • 128-000 [LOOP] Piano
      • 128-001 [LOOP] PigMarch
      • 128-002 [LOOP] Tech
      • 128-003 [PAD] Ambiance 1
      • 128-004 [PAD] Ambiance 2
      • 128-005 [PAD] Ambiance 3
      • 128-006 [PAD] Ambiance 4
      • 128-007 [PAD] Ambiance 5
      • 128-008 [PAD] Ambiance 6
      • 128-009 [PAD] Ambiance 7
      • 128-010 [PAD] Ambiance 8
      • 128-011 [PAD] Ambiance 9
      • 128-012 [PAD] Ambiance 10
      • 128-013 [PAD] Ambiance 11
      • 128-014 [PAD] Ambiance 12
      • 128-015 [PAD] Ambiance 13
      • 128-016 [PAD] Ambiance 14
      • 128-017 [PAD] Spooky 1
      • 128-018 [PAD] Spooky 2
      • 128-019 [PAD] Spooky 3
      • 128-020 [PAD] Spooky 4
      • 128-021 [PAD] Whispery
      • 128-022 [PRC] Drumkit
      • 128-023 [PRC] Latin Fill
      • 128-024 [PRC] Latin Loop 1
      • 128-025 [PRC] Latin Loop 2
      • 128-026 [PRC] Latin Loop 3
      • 128-027 [PRC] Udu Fill 1
      • 128-028 [PRC] Udu Fill 2
      • 128-029 [PRC] Udu Fill 3
      • 128-030 [PRC] Udu Roll 1
      • 128-031 [PRC] UduRoll2
      • 128-032 [PRC] Whistle
      • 128-033 [SFX] Blip
      • 128-034 [SFX] Blip Echo
      • 128-035 [SFX] Bouncy
      • 128-036 [SFX] Cash Register
      • 128-037 [SFX] Cheering
      • 128-038 [SFX] Chimes
      • 128-039 [SFX] Clang
      • 128-040 [SFX] Clap
      • 128-041 [SFX] Crowd
      • 128-042 [SFX] Fire
      • 128-043 [SFX] Itoi Okay
      • 128-044 [SFX] Machinery 1
      • 128-045 [SFX] Machinery 2
      • 128-046 [SFX] Orch. Tuning
      • 128-047 [SFX] Orch. Tuning
      • 128-048 [SFX] PSI
      • 128-049 [SFX] Shutdown
      • 128-050 [SFX] Stream 1
      • 128-051 [SFX] Stream 2
      • 128-052 [SFX] Timpani Wacky
      • 128-053 [SFX] Water Cave 1
      • 128-054 [SFX] Water Cave 2
      • 128-055 [SFX] Water Cave 3
      • 128-056 [SFX] Wave
      • 128-057 [SFX] White Noise
      • 128-058 [SFX] Wind
      • 128-059 [GB] Noise
      • 128-060 [GB] Pulse 50%
      • 128-061 [GB] Pulse 25%
      • 128-062 [GB] Pulse 12.5%
      • 128-063 [GB] Custom 1
      • 128-064 [GB] Custom 2
      • 128-065 [GB] Custom 3
      • 128-066 [GB] Custom 4
      • 128-067 [GB] Custom 5
      • 128-068 [GB] Custom 6
      • 128-069 [GB] Custom 7
    • Readme.txt

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