|Sonic HQ EXCLUSIVE interview with Sonic midi maker Ben Acorn.
HQ: Hello Mr.Ben Acorn, this is the Sonic HQ News crew. We have a
few questions for you...let us start by asking the most important.
What midi are you working on now? Can you tell us a little bit
Ben: The midi that I am currently working on is called Chaos Jam.
It is track 1 on Virtual Sonic CD. Itís a very good song but it
keeps proving to be very difficult. It has many instruments in it
that cannot be reproduced in a general midi file. I am only able
to get around this by using the closest instruments to them that
are available to put in a general midi file. Now, that doesnít mean
that itís not going to be good. It means that it will take more
work to make it good.
HQ: When do you think it'll be finished?
Ben: Well there's really no way to tell. I can give you a guess
though. I think it should be done in about 2 or 3 weeks depending
on the time I have to work on it. And I have three more midi's not
yet released to the public.
HQ: Which three?
Ben: Wacky Workbench version 1, Stardust Speedway version 2, and
Sonic Boom version 2!
HQ: Can you tell us what midis you have made so far?
HQ: OK, so...
Ben: Sonic CD-Wacky Work Bench Present, Sonic CD-Sonic Boom, Sonic
CD-Stardust Speedway Bad Future, and a re-make of Sonic Boom and
Stardust Speedway Bad future because they were some of my first mids
and has tons of errors in them.
HQ: Which one's your favorite?
Ben: Sonic CD-Wacky Work Bench Present is the most accurate but I
like Sonic Boom the best.
HQ: Many people would like to know the answer to this question, how
exactly do you make midi files?
Ben: Well? First you need to get a notation or sequencing program.
I have one because I was interested in writing music. These programs
are not always cheap. Some cost up to $1000, but don't worry those
programs are for professional composers who write music for big time
orchestras. There aren't any shareware versions of midi programs that
I know of that let you save your work. So be ready to spend some money.
I use Quick Score Professional. It cost about $90 and works very well.
HQ: What's the cheapest sequencing program you know of?
Ben: Um ... I guess Cake Walk. I know you can download a demo and I've
seen the full version and it look's cheap. but I don't know how much
HQ: Who do you think is the best Sonic midi maker on the net? Besides
you that is. (laughs)
Ben: Besides me? Oh that's a tough one. Um... Koryan I'd have to say.
HQ: And last question, how did you get into Sonic? Don't worry, we'll
ask all other Sonic fans we interview this question from now on.
Ben: I saw it on a Saturday morning when I was little, and I was hooked.
I bought a Sega right away and then I got Sonic 1, 2, 3, well you know!
HQ: Thanks for your time Ben!
If you have any question for Ben, email him at email@example.com.