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  1. Well, have you tried Ubuntu Studios? It's not exactly a DAW in that it's actually a collection of various media creation software bundled into a Ubuntu build (supposedly optimized to run them).
  2. Don't think I'll have time to update this weekend, but can I get some comments on the last WIP, please?
  3. Certainly sounds amazing as anything from Project Sam so far. Unfortunately, the price tag is a rather too much for me as a hobby purchase, but it definitely sounds like a worthwhile purchase investment for pros.
  4. Here's another update, which mostly extended both Ilia's and Midna's sections. I'm not completely happy with the latter, however, as it turned out a bit too abstract. But it'll do for now until I can come up with something better ;P.
  5. Not too bad of a start I think, but it feels like you could do more with it. The acid bass thing you got going on sounds pretty cool, and the drums are pretty solid too. The lead, however, feels kind of tame in comparison - right now I don't think it matches the energy levels of the other instruments very well. Also, some of the transitions feel kind of abrupt - like when the bassline drops, and also when the breakbeat drums start (the first hit sounds like it's partially chopped off). In terms of arrangement, there's certainly room for expansion. I don't remember this theme very well, but it
  6. I'm rather enjoying this mix, though it may be due to a personal preference for more minimal electronic music . I also kind of enjoy the more laid back mixing of instruments - it's a nice refresher from all the up-in-your-face approach that's all too prevalent. That said, there are a few recommendations I like to make. First of all, the introduction feels just a bit too long before it starts get going (ie, when the drums come in). I think you should either add a tad bit more content during that section, or cut a few bars out so that it sounds more balanced with the flow of change coming in aft
  7. Rather original sounding interpretation for this theme, but I'm generally digging the feel. The mix feels very dry though, or at least kind of stuffy. I'd advise maybe adding a bit more reverb (at least on the lead instrument and chords) to spread things out a bit more naturally. Also, the sampled lavos screech or whatever that is starts to get annoying really quick - I'd advise you to try adding more variation in it (such as different panning positions and filter settings), or just omit it all together after the intro). The instrumentation feels alright in general, though there are a few pr
  8. I'm glad you liked the changes in general - to tell you the truth, even I thought it might have been a bit too out there hehe. I started adding some automation to the piece as you may noticed, so hopefully that'll make instruments (particular the lead ones) sound a bit more natural. But in terms of balance, there are still problem spots (for one, the choir still needs some work, as you noted). It's definitely apparent that the melodic sections are kind of weak right now, though I'm a bit tentative about expanding on them too much as I still have another section or two to go (so the section at
  9. Very helpful comments here, guys - there's lots of stuff I want elaborate on, but I'll drop this update here and ask more later in an edit or something. For now, let's just say I inadvertantly taken this piece into a somewhat different direction, for better or for worse.
  10. I have to say I'm a bit surprised to see you attempting a remix of a piece is far from being officially released. Anyways, what you have sounds pretty solid, but I think the main problem is that it's too similar to the original in terms of style (fast paced suspense piece). Then again, if the other sections deviate enough, it might not be a big issue. Hard to say at this point, but definitely keep at it at.
  11. Alright, well I've added a few more changes: Tried playing around with re-articulating the melodies (which worked well for the first melody, though not so well with the second); redone the drums for the second section, so it should be quite as cheesy; also, started sketching out the next bridging section (basically the second half of the intro theme, so it can also count as a sort of recap section). Thing that are obviously missing are continuous controller stuff, and the mixing is pretty rough at this point too.
  12. Mmm, yeah the effects were a bit tacked on. I was trying to sort of emulate the effects usage in the soundtrack, but came up pretty short on that end. I'll probably end up getting rid of a lot them by the end. So all in all you still think this works well as a montage/medley? I'm a still a bit unsure about the pacing in this piece, mostly that it feels a bit too slow-paced overall. Maybe I should concentrate more on the melodies than the other aspects for conciseness. Thanks for the comments in any case though; I'm glad you found it to be quite enjoyable.
  13. Wow, really ace remix, this is. I don't remember the ICO soundtrack that well, but this is certainly an interesting departure from it - really nice work with the glitched-out beats and other IDM-ish elements. Only thing that sort of bothered me was the really sharp gating you used around 1:45, which felt a bit too disorienting in my opinion. And the ending was a bit abrupt - I kind expected a lingering pad to re-emerge from the decaying reverbs of the final notes to slowly ease us out. Anyhow, great job with this piece. I hope to hear more from you in the future!
  14. I was working on this Zelda montage/remix of a couple of themes from the Twilight Princess, but it's not going quite the way I want it to (and I still have another theme or two to inject). I'm playing with the idea of taking a section or two from this and expanding it into a it's own piece, or just continuing as is. Anyways, I just wanted to post this here so you guys can maybe help me figure out what works well and what doesn't in what I have so far. Here's the link. Edit: Latest WIP
  15. I agree with most of what's said here, though I didn't actually mind too much the drum samples and the "wrong" chords. One thing that slightly bothered me was the marcato string ostinato chords that are used - it kind of sounds out of place to me, since this piece is otherwise very fluid in nature. The string chord sort of contradicts that feel... well it might just be a personal feeling though; it's definitely not enough to ruin the piece for me. Good job.
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