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Better Music Mod (Updated)
By Osaka
A simple way to replace the default music with better, PS1 quality music.
The reason you should install this mod is because FF8's PC music is low quality MIDI. Back when the game was released, MIDI was used by many soundcards to create high quality music with low filesize. Nowadays, however, soundcards are much more advanced and can support better quality music.

Many players of this game are also used to the PS1 version of the game, so they are also familiar with the music. The default PC music just sounds hollow compared to this, so it's desirable to replace it.

There are two options when it comes to replacing the audio, OGG and SGT, options 1 and 2 respectively.
OGG audio offers identical quality to the PS1, as well as the ability to replace the audio with custom soundtracks.
SGT is similar to the PS1 audio, but can be noticably different in some parts. It allows for little modification, but is much easier to install.

Note: If you wish to try out both mods, it is recommended to install the SGT mod as you can install the OGT mod over the top of the SGT mod, but not vice-versa.
Option 1 - Roses and Wine
By using Roses and Wine you can make Final Fantasy VIII redirect from using the standard SGT audio to using high quality OGG audio. This allows not only for PS1 quality audio, but also the possibility of replacing the OST with custom mods.

Step 1: Downloading the files

Because of the large filesize, I have had to split the archive into 3 files. If you do not know how to combine these files, install 7zip, highlight all the files and then right-click and select 7-Zip -> Extract Here. Alternately, use {LINK REMOVED} supplied by Covarrfetch'd.

First, download [Part 1][] [Part 2][] [Part 3][] and extract RaW.exe. Once this had been done, navigate to \Steam\steamapps\common\FINAL FANTASY VIII\ and backup the following files:
  • /data/
  • ff8.exe
  • ff8_launcher.exe

This is done just so that if the installer fails, or you wish to revert the mod, you can do so easily.

Step 2: Running the installer

Once extracted, run the installer (RaW.exe) as administrator. (Right click -> Run as Administrator). You may get some warnings from your antivirus for either lack of users or suspicious activity. This is just because the application is new, and the way it patches the files can be mistaken for the way a virus installs itself.
Proceed through the license agreement and it should automatically detect your Final Fantasy 8 folder. If it doesn't, insert the path and click continue.

On the next part, there are a few options. The most important option is to select 2013 Steam. If you select 2000, you may get errors and be forced to revert your backups.
Now there are options for music mods. The original PS1 audio is "Original Soundtrack" although you may wish to select other options. Once you have decided, click continue.

You will come to a summary page, click install and wait for the progress to complete. Once done, click finish and the mod will be installed.

Now, if you load FF8 the higher quality OGG audio should be playing.
Option 2 - SGT
Although this music isn't 100% the same as the PS1's music, it's pretty much the best available without a complete overhaul of the game.
Note, I did not create the modifications for this. I merely wrote the guide. All credit for the files go to Samuel Slight.

Step 1: Downloading the files

First, download [][] [Mirror][] and save it somewhere on your PC.
Once you have downloaded this file, extract them to a folder names /dmusic/

Step 2: Replacing the original music

Navigate to \Steam\steamapps\common\FINAL FANTASY VIII\Data\Music\. You will see 2 folders and 1 file.
  • /dmusic/
  • /stream/
  • eyes_on_me.wav
Now stream and eyes_on_me.wav are both full quality audio, similar to the PS1. However, /dmusic/ is low-quality sgt files. sgt are similar to midi in that they use soundfonds to create audio, not the ideal option.

First, create a copy of /dmusic/ and name it /dmusic_old/. This is incase you wish to restore the original music tracks, or you mess up the installation.
Once you have done this, copy the /dmusic/ folder that you extracted from earlier to \Steam\steamapps\common\FINAL FANTASY VIII\Data\Music\. It will ask you to overwrite files, press "Yes to all". By doing this it ensures that any missing files still remain.

Once this is done, you should have a structure like this:

  • /dmusic/
  • /dmusic_old/
  • /stream/
  • eyes_on_me.wav

Now if you load FF8 through Steam, you should have the new, enhanced music! Enjoy!
I found a lot of the information in this guide at [this page][]. I simply wrote a guide and mirrored the files as I was unable to find a working download link.
Specifically, credits go to Aaron Kelley and Samuel Slight as they provided the files to make this modification possible.
I'd also like to thank Steam users Assimi and Covarrfetch'd for providing me with information about the OGG modification.

Roses and Wine was created by DLPB. Please donate to him [Here][]. Without his software, there would be no easy way to use OGG music in Final Fantasy VIII.
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blid Sep 24 @ 3:35am 
since this is not working anymore im disliking it until it works again
avattimo4 Sep 23 @ 6:21pm 
I keep trying to download these mods and the only thing that keeps happening is a window opens up and closes a fraction of a second later. Is this because I don't own the game yet or is there another problem?
echoing.silently Sep 9 @ 12:12pm 
Option 1 is an outdated method... you should just go to the RaW installer at . It's a single torrent with accompanying .exe installer, and much easier to install than the method above... No more glitches, etc. This release and the next release are incredibly stable.
Just tried option 2, made an old copy of original and replaced the dmusic with the new folder and it's still playing the crappy .midis.
(Shadow) Jun 27 @ 4:02am 
So i have roses and wine and installed and it works great, but I think the dmusic might also be playing along side it, significantly increasing the volume over all of the music. is there anyway to fix that?
Desperado Pirate Jun 1 @ 8:06pm 
Dammit. I know I fixed the music back in the day, but I decided to start a new playthrough and it's back to being midi garbage.
Glitch_Walker May 14 @ 10:07am 
Anywhere I can download the sgt file? It says the link is invalid and won't work. I'm very curious to see how it works.

Just wanted to add RaW works perfectly for me- it made a recent playthrough even more of a hit in the feels (the only tracks I didn't like were the FFViolin rendition of The Extreme and the alternate/demo version of The Landing, although that's just my opinion and it is easy to replace other tracks by opening the installer again and going through the install process.
Cissamannen Apr 23 @ 8:10am 
Uploaded Roses & Wine to my OneDrive:!Aj2Zbhzw-GRwg7cS_jlZX2BnUKq61A
Jephe del Phuego Apr 9 @ 7:15pm 
Bumping for links that don't work.
SerialToast Mar 20 @ 12:32pm 
yeah theres no valid links :( hopefully ad will get on sometimes soon :)