|Developer:||Origin Systems, Inc.|
|First Game:||Times of Lore (DOS)|
M, it is assumed that M stands for Music, is an audio format created by Origin Systems and was used in several of their games from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. The format stores game music and, using drivers, can be sent to various output devices including AdLib, Creative Music System, Roland MT-32, Sound Master, SSI 2001, and Tandy 3 Voice, although not every game that used the M format supported these devices.
Due to an engineering oversight, care must be taken when playing the music on a Roland MT-32 or compatible. The M format does not include system exclusive data, so if an earlier program changed the instruments of your MT-32, it must be manually reset to clear the SysEx data. SysEx data is sent by the game prior to each song being played.
There are multiple versions of the M format. The format was made for Times of Lore (DOS) where it is compressed with an LZW algorithm. The AdLib and Creative Music System formats are stored in the M files, and the Tandy 3 Voice music is stored in separate TM files.
Finally, Bad Blood (DOS) appears to use a new compression format.
It is assumed that the two Ultima Worlds games use the M format as well, since they were built on the Ultima 6 engine, but they have yet to be extracted properly.
- AdPlug - DOS, foobar2000, UNIX, Winamp, XMMS (Doesn't handle all compression formats)
|1989-02-??||Times of Lore (DOS)|| |
|1990-??-??||Bad Blood (DOS)|
|1990-??-??||Ultima VI: The False Prophet (DOS)|| |
How to Obtain
For Times of Lore, Ultima 6, and Bad Blood, the M files are located in the root install folder. The two Worlds of Ultima games (Savage Empire and Martin Dreams) probably use M, but they're kept in compressed resource files.
- shikadi.net/moddingwiki/M_Format - Modding Wiki.