I've mentioned on other threads how much fun it has been changing out music on my Mustang Pro Pinball, and have been contacted by several people with questions. I thought a dedicated thread would be a good idea to swap knowledge & ideas. Thanks to the Pinball Browser, it's fairly easy and fun to try out different tunes for the different modes. I've got a big CD collection to pull songs from, so finding the right song for the right mode has been fun.
I'm no computer expert, but I figured it out with the help of the Pinball Browser thread and a LOT of trial & error. If I can do it, anybody can!
So here's a general overview of what worked for me. I'm not going to go into a lot of fine detail, and some of this you'll have to figure out for yourself. In other words, don't blame me if it doesn't work for you. Keep a spare copy of the original code as backup. Also, the songs that you'll be changing are NOT licensed to the game. Putting modified software with unlicensed songs in a game that is placed in a public location is illegal and could result in more trouble that it's worth.
Be sure to check out the Pinball Browser thread for more information. https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/acdc-display-and-modify-dot-matrix-images
And thanks to oga83 for creating the Browser.
So here's what works for me...
- Download & open Winamp, Pinball Browser and Audacity.
- Rip the CD track using Winamp (Or rip using Windows Media Player which I find easier to use, then store in My Music, then transfer to Winamp). Right click on the track and send track to format converter. Convert to .wav and store on Desktop.
- Open Pinball Browser and contribute.
- Click on sounds. Open Mustang software folder. NO to "check bookmarks". The software will load into the browser.
- "Request" is the location. Click on the script below it and hit play. The sound for that request will play. The time shown is the amount of time you have for your track.
- Open Audacity. Click File - Import - Audio. Find your .wav track on Desktop. Import and your track will load.
- Select length and enter the time you have for the track. Play with the start time to "slide" the track length around. Also, place cursor on Play and hold shift & press space to loop. For example, I found one of the tracks I used worked best using a chorus & guitar solo in a loop (5 minute song that I could only use 55 seconds of).
- Project Rate needs to be 24000 kHz (unless you've contributed), and split Stereo to Mono. Record your finished track watching the volume. You want it loud, but not distorted.
- Delete the Stereo Tracks and Save the Mono Project to Desktop.
- Open Browser again. Select the Script you're replacing and Import your finished Project Track. It'll show up in an Edit Sound Window, but as long as the song length is ok, you should be good to go.
- Click Import. You'll get a Sound Edit Warning. Click OK.
- Play your new track to check for volume and distortion.
- Repeat process for the next track you want to replace.
- Be sure to save your Project as "Modified" or something, and always keep a copy of the Stock Code!
- I keep an "Original 1.4" and a "Modified 1.4"
For Mustang Pro, Here are the requests for the different modes...
Request 26 - Cruisn' Mode Song "Free Ride" - Time 2:49.679
Request 32 - Rally Race Song "Ace of Spades" - Time 2:44.124
Request 38 - Multiball, Game Over, etc. Song "Go Boy Go" - Time 1:19.050
Request 39 - Drag race Multiball "Drag City" - Time 1:53.911
Request 46 - Police Pursuit Song - Time 1:29.582
Request 47 - Stunt Driver Song - Time 55.031
Request 48 - Road Course Song - Time 54.542
The last 3 Requests, 46 - 48 are generic techno boogie type songs that can be replaced with real songs.
So there you go. Hope this is a help to some of you who are interested in doing this! Let us know your ideas and questions.
And don't forget to contribute to the Pinball Browser. It's easily been my favorite "mod" on Mustang so far!
Post edited by tullster: Added update steps