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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.

Sims 2 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

Size: 12.9 KB · Downloads: 31,195 · 9th Sep 2009
12.9 KB 31,195 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 the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Field Researcher
#2 Old 13th Dec 2006 at 1:53 PM
Awesome
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 19th Dec 2006 at 10:51 AM
I remember that you managed to make these briliant guitars known as minarik, but I looked on mod the sims 2 when I lost the files and it said you had deleted them. Why? they were really good, is there anywhere where they haven't been deleted? I know you retired from modding though, it's a pity, you were really good

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#4 Old 19th Dec 2006 at 9:40 PM
As said, Atavera is no longer available; befor going away, he removed all his creations, but there's a project to repost (with his permission) any object, instrument and hack we can recollect.

I will do that as soon as I can find the time; but I don't remember to have the guitar you mention...

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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)


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Forum Resident
#5 Old 30th Dec 2006 at 3:31 PM Last edited by DocFX : 5th Apr 2007 at 1:20 PM. Reason: ...To say thanks for the latest update!.
Thanks for the latest update!.
Thanks!, nice to see it's "Pets" compatible too!...

Cheers for the recent update too!. :D

To all, of the very talented MTS-2 creative types - my sincere thanks for taking the time to create/upload/share...
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 19th Jan 2007 at 3:02 AM
Yeah. I would really like the Stratocaster to come back, though.

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#7 Old 19th Jan 2007 at 5:36 PM
There's a Fender Stratocaster in the Atavera's Repository

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Lab Assistant
#8 Old 5th Mar 2007 at 6:51 PM
Does anyone know if this is Seasons compatible?
The ModFather
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#9 Old 6th Mar 2007 at 4:10 PM
As far as I know, Seasons didn't change anything about musical instruments. But any reports from users will be welcome.

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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)


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Lab Assistant
#10 Old 6th Mar 2007 at 10:54 PM
Atavera's guitars seem fine with Seasons from what I've seen . However ..... I don't think the new ' axe ' that is a Career Reward ( I think ) is compatable with Atavera's controller . So I think you're basically left with a choice of playing all the guitars prior to Seasons and not bothering with the new reward one . Or get rid of all Atavera's musical stuff and you can play the new reward guitar . In other words it's a no brainer unless the new career one is fixed . Forget about that one and use all of Atavera's because they're far superior :D
The ModFather
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#11 Old 7th Mar 2007 at 8:23 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bruce Banner
...unless the new career one is fixed.

This is a good idea. BTW, I'm convinced that the new career guitar is not designed to be played in musical bands at all: the original Maxis band controller just searched for the original instruments (guitar, piano, drums), identifying them by their GUID; unless Maxis, with Seasons, hasn't changed the original band controller (I still couldn't check this), that controller would just ignore the new guitar, just like it ignored all the custom guitars.

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Test Subject
#12 Old 7th Mar 2007 at 1:58 PM
The Music Career reward guitar did not work for me while I had this custom instrument hack in game. Once I removed it, the guitar worked fine.

Sad day =(
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#13 Old 8th Mar 2007 at 1:25 AM
I've posted the Fix for Rock Hammer guitar (Seasons career reward) to make it compatible with Atavera's Custom Instruments Hack. Download the fix HERE.

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Test Subject
#14 Old 12th Mar 2007 at 10:47 AM
this keyboard http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=54639 requires atavera´s
band controller V3 to work but isn´t compatible with Custom Instruments Hack V4.0. So does that mean that I can´t download it, or can I download band controller V3 somewhere?

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#15 Old 12th Mar 2007 at 1:47 PM
The old "band controller v.3" doesn't exist anymore; and even if you can find an old copy of it, it would be incompatible with the current v.4 and all the related instruments.

Before retiring, Atavera updated all his numerous custom instruments to v.4: the creator of that keyboard should be the same, recreating the package using the custom instrument tutorial.

EDIT: Oh! That keyboard was created by JWoods - I'll try and fix it myself, then
Keep an eye on JWoods' thread for updates.

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)


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#16 Old 12th Mar 2007 at 4:25 PM
OK! JWoods' keyboard has been updated to v4

Get it HERE.

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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)


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Test Subject
#17 Old 12th Mar 2007 at 7:02 PM
Alright, thanks. That old piano just didn´t fit to my band

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Test Subject
#18 Old 31st Mar 2007 at 9:06 PM
do you think anybody could update the atavera files for instruments as .zip files-they extract auto and dont need software, like .rar files... i dont have any .rar software, and dont want any because the last few times ive tried with differant software my pcs gone to pieces. id really like to see .zip versions of the files, as i think its a cool hack and i wanna see it in my game!!!
Test Subject
#19 Old 13th May 2007 at 10:42 PM
Thanks, I've been wondering why my instruments would'nt play!
Test Subject
#20 Old 21st Jun 2007 at 3:39 PM
I just wanted to thank atavera and Numenor for this hack and the tutorial that goes with it. Because of these I got my guitar creation up and running, so thank you both!!!!
Field Researcher
#21 Old 15th Sep 2007 at 10:02 PM
For some of us, this mod crashes the game with your mod for no instrument visuals.
Test Subject
#22 Old 20th Sep 2007 at 1:05 PM Last edited by SandTiger : 20th Sep 2007 at 1:50 PM.
Theese are the errors i'm getting with this



Test Subject
#23 Old 3rd Oct 2007 at 6:25 PM
I can't get my SIms to put the guitar down when I need them to do something else. It sticks to them. Hack conflict?
Test Subject
#24 Old 10th Oct 2007 at 11:31 PM
I posted this on the Gibson Explorer comments, but I wasn't sure if it was the Explorer or the hack. Anyways, I downloaded the hack and the Explorer, and I went in the game and didn't see it. I'm not sure if this is a problem with the Explorer or the hack. Any help would be appreciated.
The ModFather
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#25 Old 11th Oct 2007 at 9:02 AM
To all Bon Voyage users - This is a complex hack and I didn't create it myself; and therefore I still could't test it in Bon Voyage. Nevertheless, I know for sure that the game code regarding the musical instruments has been widely changed in Bon Voyage, and I fear these changes might have broken Atavera's Custom Instruments hack, and/or the various custom instruments.
In brief, this hack is likely to NOT work if you have Bon Voyage installed.
I'll try and check the code of Atavera's hack and compare it with the new code from BV as soon as possibile.


LeSim - I read from your other post that you have "The Sims2 Limited" (= Deluxe + BonVoyage); I don't know how this game version works: you say that you didn't install BV but nevertheless the installer might have updated the code for the musical instruments; so, this might be the reason for your problems, too.
Please tell me if you are missing only the Explorer or also some instruments created by Atavera in person.

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)


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