Jet Lancers soundtrack is very interesting as it uses multiple tracks and plays them on top of each other, example: On the overworld map, the music contains guitar, drums and some 8-bit tunes but when you go into the load out or navigation menu the guitar and drums fade out and 8-bit drums fade in.
This means we must create separate music tracks to fit the situation.
- Finding A Song
Jet Lancers soundtrack contains about 12 songs, 2 of those songs do not follow the layering style and those are the credits track and the cut scene track, you can easily throw in any song of your choice to replace those songs, see step 3 on how to do this. the other 10 are made up of 3-4 tracks.
First, boot up the game and browse for the missions, credits and/or cutscene of your choice. Take a good mental note of what the scenes song sounds like, a good way to do this is listen for tune of the guitar.
Go into your steam library and right click on jet lancer, open up the properties window and click the LOCAL FILES tab, click on BROWSE LOCAL FILES. The tracks for the game are right there in the file browser window you just opened. Now remember how I said to take note of the tune of the guitar, the guitar track is always on track layers 3 or 4. The end of each tracks file name has a number, that number is the track layer number. Open up each track that has the number 3 or 4 at the end in Groove Music, Windows Media Player, or another music player of your choice that supports the .OGG file format. Once you find the right track take note of the number to the left of the track layer number, that is the song number.
Copy all the tracks with the song number that you chose into a folder on your computer that is easily accessible, this is so we don’t mess with the games files while we’re working and so we can easily place them back when we want to hear the original song in-game again.
- Making The Music
Create some tunes to go with the scene you chose, preferably each tune should be more complex than the last. Record and tweak them to your liking, then add them into the folder i mentioned earlier.
- Getting The Music Into The Game
NOTE: I have never replaced any of the songs with my own, if your replacement song is of a file format other that .ogg delete the original song and put in the replacement. If the song doesn’t play or the game crashes on launch or something convert the song to .ogg. this can be done through an online file format converter website or in Audacity.
If you have music for a layered scene please skip to the next paragraph. To replace the 2 non layered songs, take your song of choice and rename it “mus_credits” or “mus_cutscene” respectively. Copy and paste it into the same location as the track you are replacing, if prompted for a request of action select replace these files. The next time you activate that scene your replacement song should play instead of the original song.
Now that you have your tracks, rename them to the exact same name as the original songs tracks. Copy the tracks and paste them into the same location as the tracks you are replacing, if prompted for a request of action select replace these files. The next time you activate that scene your replacement song should play instead of the original song.
Congratz! You now have replaced the old music with your own music, now go have a laugh as you listen to someone screaming during the entire mission and hear them fade in and out as you change scenes!