The People's Remix Competition 395
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In PRC393 it was HoboKa who won. He picked the source for PRC395.
Source: Phantasy Star 2 - Silent Zone
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The deadline is Wednesday August 7th 2019 at 10:59 am ThaSauce time (18:00 UTC, 19:00 GMT), check the ThaSauce page for the exact time left. Make sure that the song is uploaded to ThaSauce or that there’s a download link posted in this thread.
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I sense a very straightforward but effective arrangement here. There's one straight run of the source, then using melody A as a base for some cool call-and-response between those woodwind parts from Gamer of the Winds. Then at 2:04 there is that bizarre change-up with the distorted dark section, and it concludes with a wrap back around to the mood of the first minute or so. It's nothing too groundbreaking, but I approve of the amount of development given to the source.
Going over the recorded instrumentation, the folkier recorded parts all sound clear and presentable. If my ears serve me right and identified a piccolo in the call-and-response section at 1:16, I should give credit to the recording quality that emphasizes more on tone than breath noise. It's a sign that Gamer of the Winds nailed the microphone setup for his contribution - good going!
However, the vocals at 2:04 sound way too sparse and could've done with some additional processing to make them sound thicker. You made a good start by bringing in Psamathes to provide a higher harmony. But these voices can all benefit by having multiple takes layered on top of each other, or just simply adding a choral delay.
Another crucial live instrument that needed more work was the electric guitar in the same section. The tone sounds like it's not only missing a mid-to-high presence, but it's also competing for the same frequency space as those vocals mentioned above. It's a good idea to see if you can separate the EQ between the vocals and guitar to give this area some much-needed clarity.
Also, what's with the white noise at 0:00-0:20 and 1:04-1:38? Did a noise gate accidentally get bypassed, or did it get mixed in with one of the recorded parts? If this decision is unintentional, it'll be good to subdue it via gate, a low-pass filter, or re-recording any affected instruments.
This arrangement idea isn't bad at all, but it's one of those that needs more TLC with the production values before heading onto the front page. You've made it past the panel before Reuben, so I know that you can do it again.