You can replace any of the music files (without the patcher overwriting them on updating) by doing the following:
- In the EQ2 install directory (same directory that has the 'music', 'logs', etc. folders) create a directory named 'custom_music' (not sure if that is case-sensitive or not but lowercase works for sure).
- In that 'custom_music' folder you can put any mp3 files you wish to use but you must match the directory name/path and filename of the file(s) you wish to replace exactly (including any upper/lower case letters) as it is in the 'music' folder.
So, for example, if you wanted to replace the 'Loading.mp3' file (the music that plays on the load screen) which is in:
You would make a file in your custom_music folder at:
or if you want to replace the Thurgadin zone music which is located at:
you would place a corresponding file at:
You can follow those steps to replace any/all of the music in the game with your own. It seems, from my limited use of this, that any valid MP3 file will work as long as the path/filename are correct.
Keep in mind that the game has to load these files so try to avoid really big MP3 files (which shouldn't be a problem if you're using the older SOE files).