Sonic 3 & Knuckles: Sega Genesis vs PC Soundtrack

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Sonic 3 & Knuckles: Sega Genesis vs PC Soundtrack

Post by LimitCrown » Sun May 17, 2015 7:10 am

Most people who are familiar with the Sonic series probably know that the Sonic & Knuckles Collection was released for the PC in early 1997. It was a compilation of Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Blue Sphere. Gameplay-wise, it is exactly the same as the Sega Genesis. However, the music is emulated in the MIDI format; you can choose between the General MIDI and FM Synthesis versions of the songs. Some of the music was changed in the PC version; Carnival Night, Ice Cap, Launch Base, the Competition menu, Knuckles's theme in Sonic 3, and the Sonic 3 credits were changed. There is also an unused theme in the PC version.

On an old PC, all of the music in the PC version would sound roughly similar to the Sega Genesis version. However, on a newer PC, the music will sound worse because it would use wavetable synthesis instead of FM synthesis. The game was designed to be used with sound cards like the Sound Blaster 16 that had the OPL3 sound chip. A playlist made by a Youtube user that has recordings of all of the music from the PC version played through that sound card can be located here.

The reason that I created this topic is that I want to see which versions of each music track others preferred. Mainly, I want to see whether the Genesis version or the PC version is preferred for Carnival Night, IceCap, etc.

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Re: Sonic 3 & Knuckles: Sega Genesis vs PC Soundtrack

Post by Ivogoji » Tue May 19, 2015 5:18 am

I doubt that many people have played both versions. I'd probably go with the Genesis version all the same.
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Re: Sonic 3 & Knuckles: Sega Genesis vs PC Soundtrack

Post by LimitCrown » Wed May 20, 2015 11:44 pm

Besides the music tracks that were replaced, most of the music in the PC version has the same rhythms with different instruments. There are some exceptions to this, however. It's why I prefer the Genesis version of Flying Battery Act 1. I prefer the PC versions of Carnival Night, Ice Cap, Launch Base, and the Competition Menu themes instead of the Sega Genesis versions, but that probably because the Sonic & Knuckles Collection was how I was able to play the game for the first time. Carnival Night and Launch Base have better Act 2 variations in the PC version, in my opinion.

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