After a couple weeks of playing AACW, I naturally wanted to add some of my own Civil War music .mp3 files to AACW and after some initial trial and error succeeded in getting them to work.
Here is my guide to creating your own custom music files in AACW using the game's existing method, i.e., you're just adding additional songs to the jukebox.
The following guidelines work well in the game and have been tested and used by the community up to v1.10, so feel free to go on a ACW "music hunt"! I recommend Amazon.com's mp3 section as you can download individual songs at reasonable prices. Just be careful to read and watch for when your music is ready to save... or you'll end up buying one twice like I did!
First, of course, you need to get your tracks into .mp3 format if they aren't already; I did this by importing my Gettysburg
soundtrack CD into iTunes and then exporting the file as a .mp3 file (you have to change some settings in the "advanced" section; see help files).
Alright, once you have your new music in the correct .mp3 format...
First open the \Sounds subdirectory:
(I use Notepad)
Look close and you will see I replaced tracks 03 and 09 with "Dawn" and "Fife And Gun" respectively, as they were duplicates of 08 "Stonewall Jackson's Way". I then started adding new tracks 20 and 21. So far, so good. You can either do the same or start with track 20 if you want to keep the original 03 and 09 music. Note: FYI, "x1" or "x2" makes no difference in the filename, it was strictly a naming convention (per Pocus). The Track Number has never mattered, but you can change it under the song's properties.
Second open the Music.ini file:
(at very bottom of \Sounds)
I modified "Music26", aka track 03 along with "Music32". I created the two at the bottom for new tracks 20 and 21. Just keep adding for how ever many you create in the \Sounds subdirectory and follow the existing format.
Third, open the Sounds.ini file:
Just do the same replace or create in this file like you did in Music.ini. Save the changes in the .ini files and restart AACW. It might take some time, but you should hear your new music eventually.
I have found over time that the game can be quite random with music order at times, then it will play the same song twice in a row. I don't think there is any way around this and it doesn't always happen.
Last but not least:
Make sure the filenames are exact format matches in each of the files used above! In other words, watch your spaces and hyphens.
If anybody has comments or suggestions they are welcome. Have fun!