Flexstyle

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  1. ^ doesn't get the joke. also vocal haters are so 2005, c'mon, get with the program. I enjoyed this, especially with the Zappa-esque stylings. We need more of those around here.
  2. This is still one of my personal favorite OC ReMixes of all time.
  3. Have you pimped this to the CHIPTUNES = WIN crowd yet? I suspect they'd really dig it. Nice work!
  4. Odd time signature stuff? I'm immediately a fan. Love how you handled that part of this mix. Plus one to Larry's crit about the piano sound--would you consider switching over to a Rhodes electric piano patch or something instead? I think it would fit really nicely with the chill DnB textures. It's also much easier to find a usable soundfont or something that won't break the bank. I'm not sure it's too repetitive necessarily, as I think the arrangement brings some new elements on the second time around, but I do agree that it wouldn't hurt to spice it up even more. Also, there's a section where it's just drums, the ambient patch, and a very sparse bass sound that I noticed (from about 1:09-1:30)--this section needs something more. You need to add modulation to your bass patch, another new element, or something just to keep the soundscape from emptying out unnecessarily. On the sections where the bass drops out, I think I know what you were trying to go for there, but do some filtering on the beat too. You've dropped the bass synth out, so also use a high-pass filter on the drums as well, so that the listener isn't hearing the bass of the kick but no reciprocating element in the synths. One more nitpick: transitions. You need to make it more interesting than just continuing the same break on the last four bars of a measure and stopping when the next section hits. Change up your drums, give us some fills, make it exciting to the listener! A sine drop or a reverbed kick or snare would help at the beginning of the sections where the drums drop out completely, just to give the soundscape some "closure" as it were. This one's a no from me, but I think it has a lot of promise. Just take better care of the sonic energy throughout the song, maybe clean up your sound choices a bit, make the second half of the song more varied compared to the first section, and I think you'll be going places at that point. Hope to see this one back soon! NO (resub)
  5. Hey, that was pretty cool and enjoyable. Got kinda repetitive after a while, since you used basically the same drum loop over and over, but for background music it worked nicely. Thanks for sharing!
  6. Hooboy. This could be bad. Dude definitely is in violation of copyright himself, and then that of course screws up the copyright system...yikes. also, sucks that you have to get messed up by this. :/
  7. Oh gosh, just a few seconds in and I'm already grinning, tapping my feet, and bobbing my head. This is a good sign. Let's see--fun brass stabs, DAT SLAP BASS, some organ, energetic groove...and hi yourself, Kirby! Yeah, this arrangement is just too much fun. None of the technical nitpicks mentioned above really stood out to me, so yeah--definitely gotta pass this one! YES
  8. those analog synth sounds, tho. Arrangement is on point. I definitely know the original's there, but it's not a cover. Soundscape is gorgeous, I'm getting a very Vangelis sort of feel from it. Honestly, I'm gonna -NO- this one, based on one single thing--that hard-panned percussive bit acting as the off-hat in my left ear. If it were quieter and maybe if it were to alternate between left and right ears, I'd be fine. However, as-is, it makes the entire song feel off balance, and it goes on throughout most of the track, so I'm feeling off kilter nearly the entire time. Heck, even balance it out with another percussive bit on the other side and you've probably got my vote. As is, I really love the synth sounds, the mix makes sense to me aside from that, and of course the arrangement, as stated, is on point. Fantastic treatment of the funky time signature changes. I really hope you bring this one back, Ace! NO (but PLEASE PLEASE resub!)
  9. Eh, I figure it doesn't really matter which theme I choose, to be honest--I'm unfamiliar with all this stuff, so there'll be a learning curve no matter what. I just went with stuff that seemed like it would fit with a variety of chord progressions, since I'll have to meld it with other music every time. Also, I just realized that we have a Core(y) of Michael Jordan. Booyah, prepare to get dunked on, suckas!
  10. I like big sounds and I cannot lie. An EDM track that doesn't have a brickwall on it just doesn't fit into the rest of EDM, and that's not going to change anytime soon. Like Avaris said above, it's subjective and should be handled on a per-case basis. Meanwhile, I'm gonna be over here with my limiters and my compressors making phat and tasty sounds.
  11. I know there hasn't been a lot of activity on this thread lately, but everything's pretty much done--we're just getting the website built and a few things ironed out. Should be seeing a release this summer!
  12. 1. Gravity Antonion (MMX8) 2. Cyber Geometry (MMX7) 3. Blizzard Wolfang (MMX6) 4. Flame Stag (MMX2) 5. Volt Catfish (MMX3) Get ready for the Desert Catz: bLiNd, Flexstyle, and KingTiger.
  13. Anyone want to give me a Wii U? :P

  14. Get a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. If your laptop isn't a Mac (and even if it is), you'll have a really hard time getting both microphones to record at the same time if you're plugging them in via USB. With a 2i2, you can record two channels at once. I own one, and use it all the time to record vocals--it's clean, drop-dead easy to set up (as audio interfaces go), and rock-solid. Also, for basic podcasting (if you're just doing some sort of voiceover with no extra processing or music, etc.), you don't need anything more than Audacity. Here's a link to that: http://sourceforge.net/projects/audacity/ If you need to do any sort of additional stuff, like adding music, etc., then look at Reaper. It's free to download, and it has an incredibly generous trial method: it just bugs you to buy it when the trial period runs out, without actually cutting functionality. Furthermore, if you haven't already purchased the microphones, I'd suggest you look at buying a couple of these: http://www.amazon.com/GLS-Audio-Vocal-Microphone-ES-58/dp/B000RKWTPC/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1435207773&sr=1-1&keywords=es-58+mic You'll need to buy XLR mic cables no matter what, so you might as well not buy the USB mics as they won't do you any good if you're trying to use more than one. These ES-58 mics are great little workhorses--they're mimicking the ultimate workhorse microphone, the Shure SM58, and they sound nearly the same for a third of the price, and should last you a LONG time.
  15. Congratulations to you and your wife (?) for another precious life to take care of--and congratulations especially to her for delivering that colossus of a baby! Also, as someone who lives in the city of Phoenix, I heartily approve of your name choice.
  16. Wish I could be there to spin at the booth again for this one, but I'll have to make the trip in spirit instead of in person.
  17. OCR-level good? Yeah, definitely feeling this one. I'm not sure it's your very best work, Justin, as I think the concerns voiced re: snare, repetition, are valid, but still it's definitely front-page worthy. Is stronk track. Many approve. such YES wow
  18. If I had the money at this moment, I would spend it on this. Unfortunately, I have not got money.
  19. Ooh, that's a good idea. Hoping I actually have time for this when it hits, lol. (I'll be out of the country for a couple weeks in August, with very limited access to music tools.)
  20. I'm not an artist, so I can't give meaningful feedback necessarily, but I dig this stuff!
  21. Oh. Right. I do now see the part where he said he didn't own Kontakt, haha. #derp Investing in Kontakt is one of the best things you can do as a computer musician but that's neither here nor there. The other orchestral percussion in my toolbox right now is from Nine Volt Audio, but I don't know if there's anywhere you can even buy their loops anymore, since they went out of business. The libraries in question were the Action Drums series, if you can find 'em. Good stuff for the most part.
  22. Doesn't Rhapsody have an Essentials version that's sub-$100? http://impactsoundworks.com/products/orchestral/rhapsody-orchestral-percussion-kontakt/
  23. Radio Hyrule (a longtime supporter of OCR music and VGM in general) is holding a live event at the local barcade near the Phoenix area. I'll be spinning a set of purely Zelda-based music for a couple hours starting at 10 PM PST. You can tune in via their website: https://radiohyrule.com/night
  24. Not having heard the original, all I can say is this sounds clean, I can hear a good arrangement, and I'm digging the throwback feel. Also, great choice of source--for sheltered former homeschoolers like me who've never heard of a game like "Lawnmower Man," this is a great introduction to a funky, not-as-mainstream source. Great work! YES