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Picked upload! Custom Instruments Hack V4.2 - UPD 27 DEC 2008

by atavera Posted 10th Mar 2006 at 1:23 PM - Updated 9th Sep 2009 at 7:43 AM by Numenor : Fixed (again) the attachment: restore *real* v. 4.2
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.

EDIT by Numenor: Atavera has retired from modding; all his creations and tutorials are therefore NO LONGER SUPPORTED by the author. I'll do my best to answer to the questions, and to keep some hack up-to-date, if possible; but the entire production of objects/hacks/tutorials by Atavera is nevertheless to be considered DISCONTINUED.

27 DEC 2008 - EDIT by Numenor - Released v.4.2, compatible with any game up to Mansion & Garden.
NOTE for Freetime and Apartment Life users: the Violin (FT), the Synthetizer (FT) and the Microphone (AL) are not allowed to be used "in band" with other instruments; this is how Maxis designed it, and it's impossible to modify them (it would require creating animations and sounds and entirely rewrite their code).

04 DEC 2007 - EDIT (by Numenor) - Released v.4.1, compatible with any EP and SP up to TEEN Style.

WHAT'S NEW IN v.4.1:
  • Full backward compatibility with Atavera's v.4.0: all the existing custom instruments will still work fine with this version.
  • The "Rock Hammer" career guitar that comes with SSN no longer needs any separate hack: it can now be played in band simply installing this v.4.1. If you already downloaded and installed the "Fix for Rock Hammer guitar", you can now safely remove the file "Numenor_GlobalMod_SSN-Guitar-for-Atavera-Hack.package" from your Downloads.
  • The Grand Piano that comes with BV can now be correctly played in band, without any additional hack.
  • Tested and working with any game up to BV and Teen Style (UNI is always required!)
  • Checked and updated the original post by Atavera, below.

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IMPORTANT: this is a GLOBAL MOD, i.e. it modifies the behaviour of ALL the instruments (including the Maxis ones) in ALL the lots; like any other GLOBAL MODs and GLOBAL HACKS, this mod might be unknowingly included in your exported lots, so be sure to clean the exported lots with the Clean Installer.


What this mod does:
The University EP introduced musical instruments and the ability to play them "in band"; but only Maxis instruments can be used this way: custom instruments can only be played "solo".
Using this hack, the custom instruments (if properly created) are allowed to be played "in band" with other instruments, either Maxis or custom.
An archive of Atavera's custom instruments compatibile with this hack can be found HERE.


Game Compatibility and Requirements:
This hack REQUIRES the UNIVERSITY EP. Any other EP, in addition to UNI is fine. The hack has been tested, and works correctly, in any game up to TEEN Style.


Compatibility with other hacks:
These hacks should work fine with Custom Instruments Hack:
  • No Autonomous Instrument Playing - by Squinge
  • No Buskers - by JM Pescado
These hacks are NOT compatible, so don't mix them with this hack:
  • Move Away From the Instruments - by Squinge
  • MQ No Autonomous Play Music Max Creativity - by Monique
  • No autonomous instruments + TipJar Fix - by Squinge
  • Tip Fixing - JM Pescado
  • Instruments by proxy GUID by Argon @ MATY
If you suspect a compatibility issue between the Custom Instrument Hack and any other hack not listed above (any other hack related to musical instruments, of course), post a request in this thread providing the exact link to the hack you want to know about.

Having Problems with this mod?
Check these possible problems first:
  1. Make sure you have the University Expansion pack installed
  2. Ensure that "Atavera-CustomInstrumentHack.package" is in your Downloads folder (or a subfolder of Downloads)
  3. Make sure that you do not have any of the known conflicting hacks mentioned above installed at the same time.
  4. Make sure that you do not have an old copy of the "Bandcontroller Patch" in your downloads.
  5. If it is a problem with a guitar, check the download thread to make sure that you have installed an amplifier (if instructed to).
  6. Creators must use this to enable the "Perform" interaction on cloned instruments; if they didn't, then the instrument won't work for you even if you have this hack installed.
  7. If this still won't work, then try taking all your downloads out except this hack, and an instrument that uses it.
  8. Please try to provide an Error Log if possible. It will be vital to solving any problems.


Creators of Custom Instruments, please read:
Here is a mini-tutorial on how you can use this hack and be able to make your own custom instrument meshes that will function in the game:
Custom Instrument Tutorial

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

University
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
CustomInstrumentHack.rar 12.9 KB 29,621 9th Sep 2009
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\

-or-

4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Mac: APPLICATIONS FOLDER -> THE SIMS 2 -> TSDATA -> RES -> CATALOG


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Test Subject
#26 Old 25th Oct 2007 at 3:43 AM
I have it fixed now using sims2pack clean installer. Thanks to anyone that tried to help though! And thanks to Atavera for making this so we can all have our favorite instruments.
Lab Assistant
#27 Old 28th Nov 2007 at 12:07 AM
so... having Bon Voyage will prevent me from using custom instruments because it may have broken Atavera's hack?

T__T damn.

"All You Need Is Love" - John Lennon on June 25, 1967
The ModFather
retired moderator
#28 Old 4th Dec 2007 at 3:59 PM
Default Update!
04 DEC 2007 - EDIT (by Numenor) - Released v.4.1, compatible with any EP and SP up to TEEN Style.


WHAT'S NEW IN v.4.1:
  • Full backward compatibility with Atavera's v.4.0: all the existing custom instruments will still work fine with this version.
  • The "Rock Hammer" career guitar that comes with SSN no longer needs any separate hack: it can now be played in band simply installing this v.4.1. If you already downloaded and installed the "Fix for Rock Hammer guitar", you can now safely remove the file "Numenor_GlobalMod_SSN-Guitar-for-Atavera-Hack.package" from your Downloads.
  • The Grand Piano that comes with BV can now be correctly played in band, without any additional hack.
  • Tested and working with any game up to BV and Teen Style (UNI is always required!)
  • Checked and updated the original post by Atavera (Post #1, above).

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#29 Old 10th Dec 2007 at 9:17 PM
I'm just wondering but...where do you get all of these intruments?
The ModFather
retired moderator
#30 Old 11th Dec 2007 at 12:07 AM
From this thread: there are lots of instruments to download

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Field Researcher
#31 Old 18th Jan 2008 at 4:15 PM
Thanks for fixing this, Numenor. I missed my custom guitars. (Now if only I had the talent to make a banjo.)
#32 Old 29th Jan 2008 at 5:41 PM
YAY! This is great - I was fairly upset to install BV and find that none of my guitars worked. And I didn't even see this till today (I installed it a month ago) Thanks, man!
Forum Resident
#33 Old 8th Mar 2008 at 2:12 PM Last edited by Fat D : 9th Mar 2008 at 6:17 PM.
FreeTime changed a few of the BHAVs modded by this hack. Is it still compatible?

To quote Pescado's Hack Diffing Tool:
Atavera-CustomInstrumentHack.package: may require possible updates:
B 0x7F449F3B 0x2000 Interaction - Perform
B 0x7F449F3B 0x2002 Music - Start Playing
B 0x7F449F3B 0x2011 Interaction - Practice
B 0x7F449F3B 0x202D Is someone using me?
B 0x7F449F3B 0x2030 Want Fulfillment - Play Instrument
S 0x7F449F3B 0x012F name unsupported


EDIT: It's the synthesizer. I'm trying to update.

EDIT 2: I have a preliminary update to support non-custom synthesizers, the "play violin" want for non-custom violins and the "Zone" effects. Testing.

EDIT 3: Great... it killed sounds.
Lab Assistant
#34 Old 12th Mar 2008 at 3:45 PM
The hack unfortunately seems to break something in Freetime. When using the hack, sims don't seem to get enthusiasm in the music & dance hobby when using Maxis instruments.
The ModFather
retired moderator
#35 Old 13th Mar 2008 at 1:00 AM
I'm not surprised. I still couldn't check the code against Freetime, but Fat D's report mentions the BHAV "B 0x7F449F3B 0x2011 Interaction - Practice" which is the "core" of the playing activity. I'm quite sure this hack requires a huge rewriting, in order to make it compatible with Freetime.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Lab Assistant
#36 Old 13th Mar 2008 at 3:24 AM
Kind of bad to hear that it needs a "huge" rewriting. Hope it's not too huge though and we can soon have custom instruments again.
Forum Resident
#37 Old 13th Mar 2008 at 6:12 PM
actually, I've only seen a few handlers for enthusiasm, "the zone" and the new instruments (violin and synth) added, but trying to apply this to the hack resulted in a loss of sound.
Field Researcher
#38 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 10:05 PM
I will devote my first-born to whomever can fix this hack for Freetime.
Test Subject
#39 Old 17th Apr 2008 at 4:52 PM
I have Freetime, so this won't work?
Lab Assistant
#40 Old 18th Apr 2008 at 6:35 PM
I tried this with Freetime, and the guitars made sporadic sounds (at best). However, the JWoods keyboard worked fine.
Lab Assistant
#41 Old 5th May 2008 at 11:36 PM
I hope Numenor hasn't given up on it. This hack brings so many nice possibilities and of course the contrabass which will be perfect in my jazz lounge
Test Subject
#42 Old 12th May 2008 at 1:36 PM
Can some one plz explain to me how to install these mods with out using Q-Xpress cuz it doesnt work for me and im new to modding...
Lab Assistant
#43 Old 16th May 2008 at 6:12 AM
The only thing this thing seems to break in FreeTime is the guitar, drumkit and bass - except that they're not 'broken' they simply won't add music/dance points to your sims hobby
Test Subject
#44 Old 18th May 2008 at 2:06 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor
From this thread: there are lots of instruments to download


Is there an update for FT in the works for this mod? You have not replied to this thread since March...just curious. Thanks
Test Subject
#45 Old 21st Jun 2008 at 11:03 PM
when i install any guitar and go into my game and buy itmy game freezes but i still can change between shop, build , options and live pleasee help
The ModFather
retired moderator
#46 Old 22nd Jun 2008 at 1:50 AM
SIMper_Fi: Not "in the work", it's only in my to-do list -

Rubn1980: that happens usually when you don't have UNI, or anyway there is an incompatibility with your game. this hack, for instance, still it's not compatible with FT.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#47 Old 23rd Jun 2008 at 2:02 AM
I have uni i dunno what i aam doing wrong
The ModFather
retired moderator
#48 Old 23rd Jun 2008 at 1:09 PM
If you have University and you DON'T have Freetime, then this hack should work for you...
If you manage to create an error log (LINK), it would help.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#49 Old 23rd Jun 2008 at 9:03 PM
i don't have the games patches
maybe that's the problem can you tell?
The ModFather
retired moderator
#50 Old 23rd Jun 2008 at 9:20 PM
I was not talking about the patches, but about the Freetime EP: this hack is not compatible with Freetime, you know.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
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