Tutorial How to Make 3DS Custom Themes *2020 Updated*

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hi,

i have a problem with a bgm.

i've got a theme from themeplaza (Pixel Metro Train) where i wanted to just change the music.
so i converted a mp3 with LoopingAudioConverter, tested it with the theme in 3DS Theme Editor (worked), saved it again and tried to install it with anemone, but when i try to install the new altered theme, it says i've got no body_LZ.bin (i have) and when i just try to install the BGM, it crashes my 3DS.

In the original Theme zip File, theres also a .ogg file, but i guess thats just because of the preview on the site...?

So, there must be something wrong with the bgm, i think its because i didn't use BrawlLib... where do i get that plugin and how do i use it with LoopingAudioConverter?
Looping Audio Converter 1.3.3** (NOTE: this is the best version of the converter to use, you need to use the brawl lib plugin to successfully convert mp3 to bcstm) in case the copypaste link didnt work click it above the brawl thing is in the looper
 

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Thank you very much, but then i think i did everything right...

In LAC i just chose BCSTM from the dropdown menu, checked "put all channels in one file" and it converted it into a bcstm file (1,7MB).
Then i loaded a theme von themeplaza into the 3ds Theme Editor, changed the music (it played and looped), saved it as a new theme, zip'd it, moved it to the SD and tried to load it with Anemone.

But neither the full theme or just the BGM don't work...
 
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Thank you very much, but then i think i did everything right...

In LAC i just chose BCSTM from the dropdown menu, checked "put all channels in one file" and it converted it into a bcstm file (1,7MB).
Then i loaded a theme von themeplaza into the 3ds Theme Editor, changed the music (it played and looped), saved it as a new theme, zip'd it, moved it to the SD and tried to load it with Anemone.

But neither the full theme or just the BGM don't work...
well shit and sorry was away most of today try asking the op, im new to themes but my prob was the bgm so i tried to help my apologies
 
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hi,

i have a problem with a bgm.

i've got a theme from themeplaza (Pixel Metro Train) where i wanted to just change the music.
so i converted a mp3 with LoopingAudioConverter, tested it with the theme in 3DS Theme Editor (worked), saved it again and tried to install it with anemone, but when i try to install the new altered theme, it says i've got no body_LZ.bin (i have) and when i just try to install the BGM, it crashes my 3DS.

In the original Theme zip File, theres also a .ogg file, but i guess thats just because of the preview on the site...?

So, there must be something wrong with the bgm, i think its because i didn't use BrawlLib... where do i get that plugin and how do i use it with LoopingAudioConverter?

Music is always the hardest part. Make sure that you used the correct version of the converter and double check my screenshots, it shows you where to high lite for brawllib. Get rid of the .ogg file.
 

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I was making a theme and make my own bgm file, but it doesn't for some reason work. I tried everything. YES, I made sure it was under 3.3mb YES, I Made Sure to use the right codec (ADPCM), And It STILL DOESN'T PLAY When the theme is loaded... Is there something I'm Doing Wrong?
 

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could you not just use something like ms paint to resize images, gimp doesn't really matter too much right?
 

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Thanks for the guide, awesome writeup!

Is it possible to make an Anemone theme with an intro to the BGM music before it starts to loop, or can you only have one looping section?

Being more specific, I whipped together a theme based on the old Sega CD "no disc" screen, and while I've got the music looped more or less perfectly it just feels like it's missing something without the rad intro bit.
 

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Hello, I have a problem with the bgm. For some reason it only plays on the left speaker, any help?
I'm encountering this same issue and I've tried a couple different means of encoding monaural audio. Is it possible to get a mono track of emanate from both speakers?
 

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So I've tried to make a theme but when I install it in the 3ds, after powering off and on the default theme comes up. the bgm is 2.692kb, so fairly under 3.3mb. I'll try to upload the file here if it's easier for you to take a look.
 

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So I've tried to make a theme but when I install it in the 3ds, after powering off and on the default theme comes up. the bgm is 2.692kb, so fairly under 3.3mb. I'll try to upload the file here if it's easier for you to take a look.
Installed just fine for me, audio works. Looks good!
 

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Installed just fine for me, audio works. Looks good!

Yup nevermind. The previous versions of the theme had an option enabled, I believe it was the sound effects, but since my theme don't add any my guess is it was looking for said sound effects but when it didn't saw them it crashed.
I hadn't time to test the latest until now.
but since I'm at it, how to I add sound effects?
 

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could you not just use something like ms paint to resize images, gimp doesn't really matter too much right?
Paint resizing does approximation rather than bicubic/bilinear scaling as gimp does. You can use paint but it will not look good on a small screen like the 3DS's. You can use any image editing software really, as long as it has a resize function; then again gimp is free and open-source so it's more than enough.

While I'm at it, the exact byte size limit for bgm rounds exactly to 3292 KB. If your bgm size is equal or higher to 3292 KB, it will not work properly
 
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