Mix names, also known as just mixes or versions, are used by the SiIvaGunner team in naming multiple rips of a specific track without using duplicate video titles. This allows a track to be re-ripped with different jokes. In keeping with the channel's usual style, the mix names are usually realistic in order to disguise rips as being actual versions of the original video game music. Rips using mix names have been referred to as "duplicate rips".
Common mix names
The most common mix name types on SiIvaGunner are:
- Beta – referring to pre-release software that is close to completion. When used in a video title, this implies that the version in question is what the track sounded like before the game was released to the public.
- OST – acronym for "original soundtrack", referring to the official release of a soundtrack. Occasionally, songs will sound quite different in their official release, especially older ones.
- Alpha – referring to the stage of software development that usually precedes beta. Like with beta, the use of this mix implies that the version of the track is from when development was around half finished.
- Alternate and Alternative – generic vague titles referring to an unnamed variation of the track. The use of this presumably implies that there is a different version of the song in-game that plays under specific circumstances.
- Unused – usually referring to a track or a version of a track which is left in the game files despite never being used.
- Regional variations; the most common ones being PAL, NTSC, and JP – referring respectively to Europe, North America, and Japan; those historically being the most common release regions for video games. JP is the ISO 3166 code for Japan. PAL and NTSC refer to the analog TV color encoding standards used in those regions, which has affected video game soundtracks due to differing frame rates. For example, the PAL version of old music is often slower than the NTSC version.
"Beta Mix" is the most common mix name by a considerable margin; the rest of the names listed above also have a somewhat large margin over any others. Among the regional variations, "JP" is the most common.
These mix names are common due to their supposed realism. However, they are often used somewhat arbitrarily without considering the context for each game (e.g. OST being used for games without OST releases). Additionally, outside of the SiIvaGunner channel, the term "mix" is not typically used when referring to different versions of video game tracks.
Some examples of less common realistic mix names:
- Demo – referring to a track from a demo of the game.
- Extended – referring to a longer version of a track, which either has additional verses or simply loops for around 15 to 30 minutes.
- Short – referring to a variation of a track that's shorter than the regular version.
- Original – referring to the oldest version of a track.
- Remastered – referring to a redone version of a track with better sound quality, instrumentation, mixing, etc.
- CD – referring to the official CD release of a game soundtrack.
- Vinyl – referring to the official vinyl disc release of a game soundtrack
- In-Game – referring to the song exactly as it appears within the game, particularly when it differs from the official soundtrack release
- Vocal – referring to a variation of the track that contains singing, rapping, scatting or talking
Rip trends associated with mix names
While a rip's mix name usually has no bearing on the content of the rip, in some cases it will. It should be noted however that these are not actually enforced on rippers; they are simply trends. Many of these these are the efforts of a single ripper, especially the game-specific ones.
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- More often than not, regional variations will reference works of media originating in or inspired by the relevant region. This is most commonly seen with "JP Version" being used on rips featuring Japanese music.
- This is subverted with some "JP Version" rips that reference "It's Everyday Bro"; in this case, the joke is that JP can also stand for Jake Paul instead of Japan.
- Since the terms "Beta" and "Alpha" both come from letters in the Greek alphabet, other Greek letters have also been used as mix names despite lacking the real life relation to video game development.
- "Remastered" usually denotes a remastered version of a previous rip. They usually repair audio issues such as peaking, off-key notes and unintentionally off-sync parts of mashups.
- "Folk Version" (5 uses) denotes a Bob Dylan cover.
- "Myx" in place of "Mix" (3 uses) denotes that the rip references The Nutshack, which aired on Myx TV.
- "DN Version" (3 uses) denotes that the rip references the Deez Nuts vine.
- "Promotional Version" (3 uses) denotes that the rip references the hhgregg "Christmas in July" commercial.
- "Alternyative Mix" (2 uses) denotes that the rip contains a cat related joke, as "nya" is the Japanese onomatopoeia for "meow". It was used during Nekover, in reference to the event's theme.
- Every rip that was part of Funny 7 Day (April 7, 2019) was a beta mix.
- Chrono Trigger: "JP Mix" denotes a rip featuring a song from a Studio Ghibli movie.
- Crypt of the NecroDancer: Every rip without a mix name is a kazoo cover (not counting the "with shopkeeper" tracks).
- Deltarune: "Beta Mix" often (though not always) denotes arrangements using instruments from games in the Mother trilogy, referencing how Undertale and Deltarune were inspired by the Mother series, and jokingly suggesting that the latter games are beta versions of the former.
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask: "OST Version" mostly (with one exception) denotes a rip where Nicolas Cage clips are arranged to the music, referencing the mod The Legend of Cage: Beneath the Mask, where most surfaces and textures in the game are replaced with Cage's face.
- Persona 5: Dancing Star Night: "Unused Mix" denotes a rip featuring Yoda.
- Pokémon Black & White: "Beta Mix" denotes an arrangement of a Hiroyuki Sawano song. This is played with and subverted on a few occasions.
- Sonic CD: "Beta Mix" denotes a Sega Genesis arrangement. Again, subverted a few times.
- Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles: A few songs in the game have "Sonic 3" and "Sonic & Knuckles" variants, and their names begin with "S3" or "SK" to differentiate them. Many rips add this naming when it doesn't apply, sometimes in combination with another mix name.
- Sonic Mania: Every rip without a mix name (with two exceptions) references Totino's (not including Sonic Mania Plus rips). However, many of the ones with a mix name do as well. "Demo" (added to the titles of Sonic Mania rips made before the soundtrack was revealed and with two exceptions) indicates that it uses the original Genesis track instead of Mania's remix.
- Thunder Force IV: "Beta Mix" and "Gamma Mix" denote an arrangement of an Eschatos song made by Anonite or Xarlable.
- Undertale: "Genocide Version" is a reference to the Genocide Route of Undertale, a strategy which leads to one of the game's three endings. During the gameplay of the Genocide Route, several songs are slowed down.
- Yandere Simulator: All rips of this game have two mix names: "Pre-Alpha Mix", referencing the game's infamously-long development, and "Removed", due to being rips of tracks that were only temporarily in the game.
Unrealistic mix names
Due to the limited amount of realistic version names available, frequently ripped tracks (such as "Circus", "Slider", "Bob-omb Battlefield", "DK Rap" and "Wood Man Stage") will eventually resort to unique & unrealistic mix names. At this stage, the mix name will often act as a clue to the joke of the rip. Some less frequently ripped tracks have also had unique mix names. Examples include:
- "Everybody Jump Around (Alternate Fix) - Jet Set Radio": A remake of "Everybody Jump Around (Alternate Mix) - Jet Set Radio" (a mashup with "Mambo No. 5" by Lou Bega), but instead using the cover from the children's TV show Bob the Builder.
- "MEGALOVANIA (UG Mix) - Super Smash Bros. UItimate": UG is the ISO 3166 country code for Uganda; the mix name is such because the rip references Ugandan Knuckles. (Nintendo does not have a Ugandan division.)
- "Main Theme (super remastered not gay version) - Metal Gear Solid": A uniquely-named remaster of "Main Theme - Metal Gear Solid". This particular mix name has made a few reappearances as a running gag.
- Circus (Can You Imagine A World Where We're All Represented By A Mix Name) - Five Nights at Freddy's
- Circus (The Phrase "It's Just A Mix Name" Is Such A Weak Mindset) - Five Nights at Freddy's
- Circus (🤣mix name 480pوضع ملحمة مدفعي الفضة 😳onlineمزقت الجودة الحلال!!) - Five Nights at Freddy's
- Circus (RWCM) - Five Nights at Freddy's (though compounded as "mixname")
- Circus (The Rumor Come Out, Does Mix Name is Gay?) - Five Nights at Freddy's
- Tweet by @GiIvaSunner
- Main Theme - Superman 64 ("Undertale duplicate rips" appears as a banned source)
- YOU can join the fight! - A Recruitment Video from The Voice ("Undertale duplicate rips" listed again as a discouraged source)
- @WldMts. Twitter. 28 October 2017. Tweet