Raven Software Game Sound Archive
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What is a ZSM file?
A ZSM file is a sound archive used by various video games, such as X-Men Legends and X-Men Legends II: Rise of the Apocalypse. It contains compressed .WAV sound files that are referenced during gameplay. ZSM files are not meant to be opened manually by a user.
ZSM files are used by a variety of games developed by Raven Software. The games include the X-Men Legends and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance series.
Programs that open or reference ZSM files
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A ZSM file may also be an audio file saved in the Zerosound Music format. It contains audio that is meant to be included in a Commander X16 Program (.PRG file). Primarily, users create ZSM files with the Zsound library. However, the Furnace music tracker can also create ZSM files.
The Commander X16 is an 8-bit computer created by David Murray, a.k.a. The 8-Bit Guy. To prepare for the X16's physical release, Murray released an X16 emulator that is available on the web and for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Both the physical and emulated version of the X16 run programs saved as PRG files.
X16 enthusiast ZeroByte created the Zsound library, which allows users to create music and sound effects for use in X16 programs. These audio files are saved in the ZSM format. ZSM is a streaming data format that contains chip command bytes. It is similar to the .VGM format. (Zsound allows developers to convert VGM audio files to the ZSM format.)
How to open a ZSM file
You can use Zsound's ZSM player (multiplatform) to play the audio a ZSM file contains. You can also use the Commander X16 program Calliope to play ZSM files.