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  1. Yeah it's there mostly as a placeholder for now because I am intending to record all those lines with a real guitar (As the first section or so does use a real bass but my bass is so old and crappy that it just sounds bad so if you listen at 00:40 the real bass is actually switched out for a couple of DX7 patches so I could write the lines without having a guitar to record them with yet. Once I get the new bass in the mail i'm going to try and record all the lines for that (And keep the switch at 2 minutes to the heavier synth bass). I might also keep the DX7 patch and try to get the timing between the real bass and the synth as close as possible and then process them on a bus as a single instrument just for the cool effect. But i'll wait and see how that goes after recording. The drums are placeholder as well at the moment, I have some processing going on with that but it's all on a single track which doesn't sound good. I'm planning on doing what I have done in other songs which is to write a multi-channel MIDI file with each channel being routed to separate tracks and processed separately before being sent to a drum bus. So I can get a certain specific sound on one part and one on another. This is actually the first song i've worked on thus far where the drums are all from a single set/machine(And this particular one is basically just mono without the ability to adjust the panning for different drums) just because it was good enough while writing and gave the kind of vibe I was looking for before really building it out. (Every other song so far has had more complex work done on the percussion) The mixing here is really basic too as i'm trying to get in the general ball park of what I want with all songs as I block them out and then once they are all done i'm going to go back and really try to tune the mixes up. I tend to get too lost easily in small details (And waste huge amounts of time)when i'm building a song and I have found for me it's beneficial to progress to only try and get the basics out of the way while i'm trying to build the overall song before really going into the details. I appreciate the comments and I knew someone would notice the lack of low end as I have while i've been building it. (Which reinforces how i've felt about it too. It sounds kind of good but it's lacking the low end punch)
  2. Almost done blocking it out. Something cool, I managed to work in the original 2612 bass patch (x2)and with some processing it sounds really cool as an arpeggiated bass line. I also bought a new short scale Bass that should be coming in the mail in a few weeks so i'll be able to get some actually good sounding bass recordings. So i'm looking forward to getting to play with that as I tried to write all the bass lines used here on the DX7 with a real bass in mind. I might create a layer of the two together maybe as well. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oeVtIW7p1JA0HqBrFIMf3gx1ZBX66MtS/view?usp=sharing
  3. Making some minor progress https://drive.google.com/file/d/16mGae3TrooGug20R8oxws-j0pjd1zd0Z/view?usp=sharing
  4. Blocking more of Silent Zone out. Have to say this wasn't a direction I expected, but I really like it none the less. It will be a lot more difficult to balance this one though. The mix isn't really there and there's a lot of placeholder stuff. (Like you'll notice I switched the real bass out for a synth one a few sections in. Just writing the parts. Also missing guitar rhythm lines) Plus I think i'll finally pick up a new bass. The first sections are recorded on a cheapo 200$ starter Ibanez that has a bunch of broken knobs and stuff i've had for 15+ years that sounds like shit and have never bothered to buy a better one. I'd like to ideally do all the bass with a real one for this to give that really funky late 70's/80s vibe. https://drive.google.com/file/d/12ouKyGbqoOAVb_3hUypN2eeMvcpmntzt/view?usp=sharing
  5. First Silent Zone WIP. I had originally a slightly different idea for this, but this is just what came out of my brain today when I started working on it. https://drive.google.com/file/d/13MuHYTttC9g8_UN6siRU-5TVBelj-pZp/view?usp=sharing
  6. The foundation is in place I think. The song is basically done as far as the foundation is concerned. Time to move on to another song. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1957JaRXvnb21sCb0-YTqePaiJgMTYwWu/view?usp=sharing
  7. Ok, I didn't like that last bit. After some work to make some tweaks and re-recording all the guitars I had a spark to work more of Cave in from PSI. I'm liking this much more now. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SIArpJ0-7Z7KZNRe1B00bqMfqDEbtoSb/view?usp=sharing
  8. Got more blocked out. I had an issue with Arturia's plugins that would cause a massive memory leak and eventually crash my DAW, so the 2 main lead synths are entirely place holder for the time being until Arturia releases a new verison of the plugin in question sometime soon.(After contacting them. It's been reproduced and marked to be fixed). I'm liking the structure so far although I had some apprehension about adding a power metal like variation into it (Which needs the increase in tempo). It seems like it's going to work so far but maybe i'll retool that part of the song. There are also some funky time signature changes that might sound weird in the later sections too. I might change that as well. The solo line is very WIP as well. I almost want to make a second Pantera like metal version with a faster tempo on it's own. Also there are a few stuck notes here and there, because Synth1 is just a butthead. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cxvlwNRU7s7C1-P1aAgTQ_UJHxdVM07H/view?usp=sharing
  9. Things have gotten better recently thankfully with some small setbacks, but some parts vary day to day. But I feel good enough to get back to as close to normal as I can get while being mindful. Ugh man, human body sucks. I'm trying to come up with some ways I can help streamline my process to get things done a bit quicker by writing notes and ideas down here and there. I'd like to get a lot more songs done. Although the new Interface I bought is basically unusable due to some weird latency/buffering issues that no matter what I do, I can't solve. Trying to get a return for a different one is proving difficult though. As I didn't get a chance to install it until a week or two ago. And i've only had one response from my Sweetwater Sales Engineer, and no responses from their support line on the website either yet since last week. Pretty frustrating for a 300$ piece of equipment that is essentially almost unusable. I'll keep my hopes up and be patient however.
  10. Started being able to block out Mystery again https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VZS8C3dnf9L46ycFCKCD6jgrgfobjV9s/view?usp=sharing
  11. No progress lately. I was taking a break to play a game and work on another hobby and started having some horrible health issues. I have felt like garbage the last few weeks, which sucks because I just spent a bunch of money on a new Audio Interface, a new MIDI Controller and other stuff. I hope to get more done sometime soon if my body will heal itself :/
  12. Thanks for the feedback! What i've done on My Home is really just a small amount of work one night after I had some ideas for it. So your thoughts will be really helpful as I dive deeper into it. PSO is a big inspiration of course especially when it comes to spacey synth music. I do want to take ideas from that to incorporate a bit
  13. Started preliminary layout of My Home. Kind of want at least the first half of the song to have this bubbly chill relaxed feeling. The intro i'm not sure about, I had this great idea in my head, but actually getting it out right is hard lol. https://drive.google.com/file/d/135f1gaHpPAAqvjdef3gLTABQFZCUp24t/view?usp=sharing
  14. Ok, getting closer to final. The last few sections don't have all the parts yet(The build up to the ending section needs to be done ot make the transition work I think?) Let me know what you think if you can. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1q9G4tk3cujM5CqJ7XHii6bZDOvhTsOkz/view?usp=sharing
  15. Almost getting finished with Step Up. Getting some more polished mixing put in and the final sections of the song. (This file might be louder than the others. So turn it down at first for now) The drum programming is still very much WIP. Though the snare is near final I think. (Which comes from the Korg M1) https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ze4Ocgj_ZB37w4ils7tVKS4_z_bWbrEW
  16. Here's the current blocked out version of Step with basic mixing (A lot of the backing in the later half isn't in yet), tried to mix in some time signature changes (But tried to make it a subtle change) to play around with as suggested by @djpretzel Kind of going for a synth pop'y vibe overall. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1C6KDzyGAx8P3hQGQrBwVUbO-iMf-Q6p8/view?usp=sharing
  17. Basically finished and loopable (Seamless in Foobar. Which is a good sign). I'll move on to another track and come back later to make any changes later. You start to get to a point when listening to something so many times that you can't really make good choices. Any have any thoughts on the modal changes I added in the 3rd section? Tried to experiment without it sounding too out of place. After the 2nd loop it moves to 7/4 and returns to the original BMaj key but shifts to a different mode, mostly around C# Dorian. The original song shifts keys as well so it didn't feel too out of place to try that. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yzQDh5vofXpNKiHUEUjTcDoTZWZqv2V4/view?usp=sharing
  18. Think I have the rest of this down now. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nbbTcUXX70ACmHZIfi5QaZhMCqEClsdM/view?usp=sharing
  19. Been getting mentally stuck on some stuff. If anyone can tell me what they think of this short synth wanking whether it seems just right yet or not https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xnx08VMHDutVzF-S5fdl3TUeVou3caU-/view?usp=sharing
  20. Getting closer to what I want. But not having done this for so many years, I forgot how easy it is to let yourself get sucked into a rut. There is a stuck note near the beginning. I made the mistake of starting most of these in 64-Bit Reaper. Which for whatever reason, even with 64-Bit VSts constantly has issues with MIDI notes getting stuck on. I have to hit F3 to send all note off constantly. And getting it to render without sticking is a crap shoot lol. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tjo1z9mr-GAbShWLteXu8n8Aupy92MX0/view?usp=sharing
  21. The arrangements here are fabulous! You've improved so much over the years Cyril. I love this stuff.
  22. I've started to build more upon Restoration and try to polish the mixing some more. It's been tricky to find the instrument choices I like. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xPAFYCjZinLmHDY_Wh4f2iz9g1uLZ2vE/view?usp=sharing
  23. Hey DJP, great idea about a time signature change. I'll try to play around with ideas with that. I hadn't considered doing so for that song. Bracky News for example, in the original 2nd section as far as I can tell it switches around between 3/4 and 4/4. But only once. The pattern seemed to be 3/4(1 measure), 4/4(1 measure), 3/4 (2 measures) then back to section A. In my 3rd variation of section B I basically switched it up to a full 7/4 for 4 measures, 2 for some prog'ish wankery and 2 for a return to part closer to original B before switching back to the 3/4/3 pattern. So time signature changes definitely don't feel entirely out of place in the soundtrack. I'ld like to build more on each song as it goes on without going too crazy. (Which I think just reflects my own preferences for remixes anyway) Here's a link to a playlist of the OST An OCR release would be cool, whether through submission or as an album. Just getting more ears to hear it (Especially Phantasy Star fans now that Sega is releasing PSO2 so late) would be a wonderful motivator.
  24. Phantasy Star II - Restoration - An arrangement album (Sorry if this is an inappropriate place for this thread. Move if need be.) Introduction: Hey OCR Folks, it's been a long time. This is the first project and music remixes i've actually worked on in 4 to 5 years. (Last complete thing I made was an audio restoration project for Grandia II https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=673761272 ) So i'm a little rusty. The reason it's been so long is that in 2016 through a myriad of unknown circumstances I acquired Tinnitus in both my ears along with some major sinus issues and something wrong with the left side of my jaw that has caused a variety of symptoms in my left ear that i've had to learn to deal with. (The biggest issue being for whatever reason more low frequency sounds seem to travel through my left side of my head more than the right. And so listening to audio with bass it sounds more localized in my left ear and slightly off center and not entirely unidirectional.) Learning to live with this stuff took a long time to not only acclimate to, but to get over the extreme anxiety of never being able to hear really the same as I used to. One day I was fine, one day I randomly woke up and my whole world was changed. And so I thought I had to give up audio and music forever. I did try to start a few things here and there after 2016 but could never overcome my anxiety to finish. I uploaded a few on my soundcloud Something you could do to be helpful as well. I've only ever played part of Phantasy Star II, never finished it and I watched my older brother play through parts of it a lot when I was younger. (I was born 2 years after release) and so while I am familiar with the music and love it. There is a lot of context to some of these I am missing. So if anyone could provide useful hints about where or how pieces of music are played (For songs I haven't already posted a WIP for) that would be very helpful for inspiration Restoration - Current WIP https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yzQDh5vofXpNKiHUEUjTcDoTZWZqv2V4/view?usp=sharing Basically finished and loopable. I'll come back much later to make adjustments with a clean head. Step up - Current WIP https://drive.google.com/file/d/1q9G4tk3cujM5CqJ7XHii6bZDOvhTsOkz/view?usp=sharing Song is almost finished, last sections don't have all parts in yet, but I wonder if the ending doesn't work? A Prologue - Current WIP https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IjI-ikQpJPlQPdKoyO8GfArAJg6dp7LT/view?usp=sharing This one is fairly far along. Polished sequencing/performances and a lot more developed mixing and arrangement changes. (Plus a reference to Phantasy Star 1!). A prominent feature of the first half of this "Nightmare" is a Heartbeat driving the song. The arrangement is a lot more fleshed out and additional sections of music have been added. Overall I feel like this song really wants to channel some Vanegllis and Blade Runner. Subconsciously, those are what my brain goes to with "Space!" Bracky news - Current WIP https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kBuadh82dQrVpgQCGgFcuvKRJMwZXE7D/view?usp=sharing Another song that started out as a *very* short original piece of music. Like 16 seconds. The composition is extended to almost 1.5 minutes with variations of the core composition to make a longer loop. This one gave me the most trouble so far trying not to go too overboard and make something that won't be fitting to hear in game. There are more guitars because I can't help but think about Metal when I see this guy http://u.cubeupload.com/MrBonk/ps2weaponshop2.png So I wouldn't be opposed to scrapping this arrangement and starting from scratch for something more "Blip Bloopy Spacey" Mystery - Current WIP https://drive.google.com/file/d/1957JaRXvnb21sCb0-YTqePaiJgMTYwWu/view?usp=sharing The song is blocked out and essentially done foundation wise.Basic mixing and placeholder instruments until Arturia fixes one of their plugins. Phantasy Pressure - Still been plugging away at it here and there trying to get close what I originally envisioned in my head. Still a lot placeholder performances for bass/guitar solos and stuff. But the foundation is there. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EfFFAfDj-fF5JW034s7O82aHjm7l9VqP/view?usp=sharing Pleasure My Home - There are some gaps in the lines later on but I think it's blocked out. Tried to keep the structure more simple this time but let me know your thoughts if you have any. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RKZ5GpZabyuBoUtiLdGgW-89xsUt_cKU/view?usp=sharing Rise or Fall Movement Advanced - I've had the hardest time with this one. Go easy on me will ya?? Vocoder still misbehaving. And lots of clipping so please forgive it! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZiOMMuLTKTLqwikwlIXBzRw0gjXY0vJS/view?usp=sharing Secret Ways Over - Song is blocked out. Basic mixing, let me know what you think! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1txu6qum7n4Cy7HbI3-w3msOVORE4ugRc/view?usp=sharing Silent Zone - Rough mixing perhaps but the song is taking the kind of shape I wanted https://drive.google.com/file/d/18S0nCqho9NAicq5f0iB68_-Ecc6H_2h4/view?usp=sharing Excite Town Violation Power - Blocked out. I like this. But other times I hate it. /shrug https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lw68HYE-Gy69bLgDjKwczhKhs-bkpjBh/view?usp=sharing Under Death Place Exclaim Never Dream This will probably take a while to finish between working full time and trying to do other stuff. But i'm more motivated the more I go on,though I have to mind my ears. Some days with Tinnitus are worse than others and that can affect my sound perception. And worst come to worst if I can't finish i'll just release the few songs that are finished eventually. Nya??
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