ReMix: Mega Man 2 'Light Your Way'
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MO' MEGA MAN... Neblix teamed up w/ AMT for rhythm & lead guitar on this Mega Man 2 electronica + rock arrangement with some nice breaks, again from the Wily Castle Remix Gauntlet and again combining two themes, this time Flash Man and Wily Stage 1, which pair rather nicely. Nabeel writes:
"I really dig this track. I modeled it after Pendulum's "Witchcraft" and it turned out great. This is also the first song where I am using the "MusicLab RealGuitar 2" Acoustic Guitar VST. I love it, and it's a pretty good tool in my workflow. Did this mostly in the Friday (night) before it was due, and it caused me a lot of stress. Thankfully, I was able to finish it in time for my first round in the Wily Castle Remix Gauntlet. I'm pretty proud of the mixing and arrangement in this piece, and I'm also glad AMT helped out with guitars. I would've been in a tight spot without him around. He did some sweet improv which helped keep the arrangement fresh. I realize these are overmixed sources, but hey, what about my debut mix? :P"
"It was awesome working on this, because Wily 2 is one of my favorite tracks. Neblix seriously needs to not do things last minute next time, but the end result was still kickin' rad."
Procrastination FTW. Judges were unanimous, with some nice praise & a touch of age-envy coming from "Old Man Nutritious":
"Arrangement-wise, this hits all over both themes, with both interspersed together smartly. Way to weave all of this in, especially at the last minute. I think this really shows how far Nabeel has come in such a short time. Makes me jealous of people getting involved in mixing so young (I didn't start until my mid 20's), so the potential for him and others like him really is enormous."
There was some agreement that EQ was a little off, with too much emphasis on lows and highs with not enough mid-level oomph to flesh things out, and I agree that there's room for improvement there, but this track is still a step up for Nabeel, packs a lot of punch, and it just seems like everything kinda clicked for him. Austin's contribution lends the mix soul & spontaneity that add an extra dimension, and overall this is a fun, high-energy track with depth & character that does a great job of integrating both themes!
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