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  1. OK, I can't believe it took me nearly a month to get around to listening to this. Sorry for the delay, Liam!

    All in all, this sounds really nice, and much better than anything I came up with when I first started writing orchestral music. Well done!

    After a couple of listens, I have some suggestions on what you could improve. Some of the things I'm about to list aren't necessarily wrong, they're just something I would do if I were working on this track.

    1. The strings at the beginning sound nice and flowing, but like someone said, they're a little muffled, so try playing around with the EQ settings or maybe even adding some higher tones to the progression.

    2. At 0:20, the strings disappear completely. I'd at least put some really quiet string chords in the background in that section, and maybe a high (but quiet) tremolo note with the violin section. You can use the strings to gradually build up to 0:50.

    3. The trumpet is probably the worst sample in the Eastwest library, so you need to be really careful when you use it. I almost never use it as a solo instrument, only in tandem with strings or horns, and even then I try to mix it down, because to be honest, it just doesn't sound that good. =D At 0:47, I'd replace the trumpet either with strings or something else.

    4. Adjust the volume of the glockenspiel at 2:14. It's too quiet compared to the brass. You could also adjust the volume automation of the brass instruments to get a more varied dynamics (swells etc.) instead of monotonous chords.

    That's it for now. =D I hope you finish this. I'd very much like to hear the final version!

  2. Hi! Just one little nitpick. I hope I'm posting it in the right forum.

    Mix #462 is a ReMix of a track from Heroes of Might and Magic II. Only two composers are listed in the info (Robert King and Steve Baca). The series' main composer (Paul Anthony Romero) is left out, so I thought I'd point it out because it's kind of important.

    It's like leaving out Nobuo Uematsu in the info of a Final Fantasy X ReMix.

  3. Thanks for the encouraging comments, everyone! I'm not happy with this track at all, to be honest, but it's good practice nonetheless.

    I've made some minor adjustments to the first part and added another section with improvized piano melodies and some placeholder heartbeat percussion. I'm trying to find something that fits the tone of the track, but nothing I've tried so far works. I'd like to use something a little more soft/electronic (like Eino suggested), but my libraries consist mainly of ethnic and orchestral percussion, which doesn't fit this at all.

    Anyway, here's the second update: WIP 2 (The first post has been updated as well.)

    Thanks for listening!

  4. Good day to you, almighty primarchs.

    I was wondering what the OCR stance is on remixing original material from fan-made game mods. To be more specific, this. It's a mod of Commander Keen 6, but the levels, graphics and storyline are brand new, so it's basically a new game that uses the Commander Keen 6 game engine. It hasn't been "officially" published, though. It's just fan shareware.

    The music is also completely original and has been composed by fans specifically for the game mod.

    Would those tracks be eligible for remixing?

  5. I already liked the previous track, but it's always good to hear a revised version!

    The introduction is really beautiful (I love the soundscape!), and I love how the song goes from melancholic to euphoric.

    Here are a few small details I would improve were I you:

    1) At 3:46, you can hear some clipping. I assume you cut off a .wav file there and the clipping is actually that annoying interruption of sound you get when you cut off a recording. I usually automate the volume and lower it to zero just before the cut-off point to eliminate the clipping sound.

    2) The song starts immediately after you press play. I usually leave about half a second of silence before the track starts.

    3) I'd lower the volume of the cymbal between 0:42 and 0:49 for a bit. It sounds a little too exposed for my personal taste. It sounds fine afterwards, but in that segment, it's probably the scarse soundscape that makes it sound like it doesn't blend well.

    4) I'd use some equalizer to push the acoustic guitar melody in the introduction a little more into the background. Not too much, though, just enough to make it sound less like it's played right next to your ears (I'm listening to this with my headphones). It's a little confusing the way it is, because the acoustic guitars at the beginning sound more overwhelming than the distorted guitars later on in the track.

    That's all I can come up with now. I hope at least some of it is helpful. I have no doubt this will pass the panel. =)

    Anyway, congratulations, you did a great job. Great choice of source and great guitar playing. Keep it up!

  6. Hi, everyone.

    This is my second track for the PCReMix Initiative.

    This WIP has been sitting on my hard drive for quite a while now. This winter was really snowy (at least where I live), so I got inspired one day to make this. It still needs a lot of work, especially in the mixing department, but I guess it's better to get some feedback here than let the track gather dust on my computer.

    I tried to experiment with some extreme equalizing and panning (just to try out something different), but I'm not really satisfied with the result. The soundscape is much too deep and imbalanced, but the overall feel of the track is OK. It reminds me of the soundtrack for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by Harry Gregson-Williams.

    Here's the WIP: WIP WIP 2

    And here's the original by Paul Anthony Romero: Heroes of Might and Magic III - Snow Theme

    I can't believe there are almost no Heroes of Might and Magic ReMixes here on OCR. For shame.

    Anyway, I hope you enjoy the track.

    J.

  7. Congratulations on your first posted track, Justin! This is a wonderful track and a great OCR debut. I really enjoyed the electronic percussion at the beginning and the progressive rhythmic elements throughout the song. The clarity and precision of your guitar playing are very impressive indeed. I have to admit I usually frown upon people remixing sources that have already been remixed to death, but in this case, the arrangement is so original, well-produced and full of surprising twists that all I can say is well done. I'm looking forward to hearing more from you!

  8. Hi, everyone! I apologize for the long absence.

    I've finally updated the first post. A huge thanks to Eino for helping me out with the list (it made everything much easier) and to everyone else for their work and support. =)

    We've already got several finished tracks and a couple of WIPs. I've had a WIP for another track sitting around for a while now, so I'll be posting it in the near future (hopefully).

    Please check the list to see if I haven't made any mistakes. If you've changed your mind about the track you've claimed, let me know and I'll update it.

    Have fun, the show must go on. =)

  9. I like the soundscape! It sounds like summer for some reason or other. =D The lead synth was a little overwhelming at times, but I'm pretty sensitive as far as synths go. The breakdown at 2:35 was really cool. I almost wished it were longer.

    The title of the track has to be the best on the site, though! It sounds like a title of a novel that's a cross between Lovecraft, Dickens and some random chick-lit author. XD

    Great mix, guys. =D More titles like these, please!

  10. You make it sound so simple, as if you know what the lives of those "busy people" are like ;-).

    You don't need to get all defensive everytime I mildly zing slackers, you know. No offense, but you seem to be quite intent on implying that I'm some sort of malevolent arbiter of perennial doom. Don't worry. I've already learned that deadlines rarely mean anything around here, so I'm through persecuting slackers. =P

    I'm definitely not saying that people don't have jobs and other obligations outside OC ReMix, but at the end of the day, it just comes down to deciding you're going to finish your track and taking some time to do it. Even if it means you're going to get just four hours of sleep one night. It is that simple.

    I still think it's just plain rude to keep everyone involved in the project (especially the directors) waiting. I can understand if someone's having technical difficulties and/or is busy, but not if they're yackety-yakking in the Off Topic forums, on Facebook etc.

    But that's just my opinion.

    Anyway, good luck with your tracks, everyone!

  11. I think it'd be cooler to just have people claim something if they're interested instead of offering them prizes to fight over it... no offense.. it definitely works as a tactic, and I can't speak for Fishy at all on this, but personally I think it's more important that the music comes from the heart of anyone who is gonna do it.

    I agree with Brandon. I personally don't mind waiting for the project to be finished as long as it's not put on hold because of two "busy people" who are "almost finished" but don't have the guts to pull an all-nighter and just get it over with.

  12. To be honest, I'm happy they've decided to omit/change some of the more boring parts. Like Arya's journey before Harrenhal, which I thought was a real drag in the book. But then again, Arya's one of my least favorite characters, so maybe it's just me.

    I'm kind of disappointed that Daenerys doesn't get that much air-time. I know her presence in the book was also rather limited, but still. If they can come up with stupid additions involving spanking whores and gay-understanding wives, they could shoot some more of Daenerys' scenes as well.

    I agree about the direwolves, though! That was a nice surprise.

    The new cast is pretty awesome, too. Melisandre, Brienne, and Davos are spot on.

  13. Definitely based on what we're learning from the Mega Man X thing, we need to offer something far more straight-forward and mature.

    I'm not saying the slogan thing should be the only way we get some publicity, it could just be a way to create some hype.

    I mean, if a couple of people post some seemingly normal comments on Seiken Densetsu 3 videos, but add something cryptic like "Delve into the Songs of Light and Darkness" or something like that (preferably less lame), people will definitely start wondering what this is all about.

    btw, your behemoth of a track is spectacular.

    Tackar tackar. =)

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