Reverend, your review was awesome, thanks a bunch!
at this point, I am really in need of some smart critique,
I haven't been remixing for long (I think my first
remix ever was less than six months ago), I also don't
have much of a music background myself, so I'm doing
everything "organic", following my instincts
and my own taste and experimenting a lot, but reading a technical and constructive critique like yours will surely help me improve much.
what I wanted to achieve as a final product was a version
with vocals, real vocals, better yet if it was the original
vocals, and this is why I placed the original track on the
background of one of the remixes versions, but I don't like
the results too much because, as I said, I couldn't proper
isolate the vocals and the background noise from the original
track hides too much of my synths. So consider the instrumental version you reviewed the real remix, the other was just an experiment to see how the original vocals would sound together with the mix. Still want to add the vocals in the future, but for now I will stick with the instrumental version.
I agree with the comment about the snare samples. I am going a bit lo-fi indeed and this is really supposed to be a synth overdose, but better drum samples would def help improve the remix. Not sure if you ever used propellerhead's reason, but I am using generic dr. rex samples, and they normally sound, well, pretty generic. I tried to use all techniques I've learned so far, added a bit of variation on the samples tracks,
but I agree it's not enough. If I have some spare time left the next days, I will try to program all the drums myself using the redrum drumming maching and dr. kong
drums generator, I think I will get much better results doing so (and will also learn a lot on the process). Changing the pattern after the break is def a good idea,
I am not strong on programming the drums, but need some practice and this is a good reason to start doing it.
also agree with the need of variation on the rythmic parts after 0:21, will keep that in mind and see what I can do to make it a bit more interesting.
Anyway, I am pretty satisfied with the way the rythmic parts are assembled right now, even without
much variation, I think all the rythmic layers I've added and the sequencing do support the melody pretty well, but I think there is still some room left for a bit of
variation here and there. I like the idea of fading some of them out and in and then matching them afterwards.
agree about the flutes, I wanted to make the melody very soothing to counter-balance the agressiveness of the dancing beat and the overdose of synths, but they do sound a bit flat and are slowing down the mix a bit, so def need some variation here. Effects will also do it great, but I need to think what kind of effect and at which point. I'm trying not to push the melody too much, some remixes I've heard simply change the melody or add so much effect on it to a point that it makes the remix sound a bit corny or too over-the-edge for my own taste.
I want to keep this simple. Some octaves up and down on some parts is also a very good idea and will probably do the trick. That is also def easier to implement, will probably do that with a slightly different instrument (maybe a cello/violin to break a bit of the "flute soothing").
about the sequence gated lead synth at 4:03, oh man, I just love that damn gated lead sound,
that's a constant on most of my remixes, dunno why my brain likes that gate little effect so much.
It was also used on the intro, and as this is a lil break right before marching towards the end,
I just wanted to get back to the intro at that point, but I agree with you that at this point
I'm building towards the end and some juice would improve that part. I think I will work
specially after 4:24 when the leading gate synth repeats, there I think I could make it a bit juicier
and help supporting the progression towards the end of the song. Let's see what I can do.
agree with the need of boosting things up after 5:26, but I need to be careful because I really
like how the song progressively fades right after 05:41, and boosting the melody or changing
the drum pattern from 05:26 to 05:41 will help reaching a peek of excitement at the end but
might also compromise the transition (or make it hard to transitioning) at 05:41.
I need to experiment on this, let's see what I can do.
"the strange nostalgic sonic feel" is a huge compliment for me, I'm 32 and I simply can't get used to the punk-rock themes used on the new 3D sonic titles. That will work for the younger generation that didn't get the sonic synths from the genesis era embbeded in their brains, but for an ancient sonic fan like me, old school dance/electronic beats and lots of synths make a sonic sound much more credible. I've made this remix with the sole intention of celebrating that type of sonic vibe, and nostalgic is exactly what I wanted this remix
to feel like.
I will also def experiment on bells, I think I know what you mean when you say tubular or some other bells
would add a nice touch to the remix, haven't tought about that before but now def want to experiment on that
and see how they would help adding some variation to the song.
thanks much for your review, much appreciated. will share with you guys the new version as soon as I have time to work on it.