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About Chimpazilla

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    Judge, Esther's Dreams Co-Director

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    Phoenix, AZ


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    I started remixing in April 2011. I LOVE video games and game music! Anything Zelda, anything Mario. I could live in a Zelda game and be perfectly happy. ;-)
  • Real Name
    Kristina Scheps

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    3. Very Interested
  • Software - Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
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    Mixing & Mastering

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  1. This mix was done SO LONG AGO. But it still holds up! I hear the love and creativity that went into it, and how well Timaeus and I worked together on it. We had a blast making it!
  2. You guys, am I just missing something here? I totally get not thinking the mixing is sufficient, but I am really not getting the rejection on grounds of it being a cover. I'm not sure why I'm the only one who feels this way and I'm legit confused. Perhaps @Liontamer could shed some light on this? Larry if you think this is truly a cover, I will relent. Thanks!
  3. Ooooooooooo I love this intro, you've set up a spooky vibe immediately with those crushed bass swells. It takes awhile to build to the theme but it's a great ride. I love the stylistic crushing of some elements, while leaving the lead bell sound clean. Changing time signatures here... it seems like the mix goes from 4/4 with triplets to 3/4 at 3:09, either that or it's just written entirely in triplets from that point out, but it's seamless and I love it. The clock ticking is a great bit of ear candy. This arrangement is interesting, changing timbres as it moves along while still feeling to
  4. WOW this waveform is a sausage, ok let's see what's up. Those toms in the intro are awesome, and the guitar tone is great right away. Oh my this is so loud, peaking at 0.5db and hitting -6.7db RMS, but dang it sounds so huge. There are some elements I think could be mixed more prominently, the chugs are drowning out almost everything else and there are some lovely details getting lost. It's a very busy and dense mix, and as Joel pointed out that is tricky unless you mix things just right, making sure all lows are removed from every element that isn't meant to play low. So the mixing isn't
  5. Holy cow this is lovely and what a HUGE soundscape. I love the delayed piano that plays throughout, it mirrors the source well while being unique. I would prefer that the reverb/delay would have some of the lows cut out of them though, as low reverb tends to create mud. I'm not sure what the instrument at 0:26 is, is it a brass instrument, if so it sounds quite fake. The choir patch is nice though, and the strings sound realistic. When the drums come in at 1:21, the soundscape opens up beautifully. My only complaints are that the arrangement is on the short side, and that there is a bit o
  6. This is beautiful and luscious! The mix starts out extremely conservative to source, but it transitions seamlessly into some beautiful originality while still being identifiable. I am loving the instrumentation here. I would love to get a version that is mastered just a bit louder, there is almost 6db of headroom and that's a super quiet master. I agree with Wes that we need a clean ending fadeout, so perhaps you could take care of both things at the same time. YES (conditional on clean ending fadeout and slightly louder master)
  7. What a great arrangement and I love the instrumentation! The vox sound so nifty, and then as Wes said, here comes the absolutely kickass guitar solo. The mixing works well enough (although I agree with Wes about the overly-sizzly crash), but as my fellows have mentioned something is wrong in the master, as you are hitting -9db RMS which is fine but your ceiling is -1.2db which is unnecessarily low and is causing the mix to have a brickwalled feel to it (and the waveform is an absolute sausage). Regardless, that is a nitpick in this case and does not affect the postability of this mix to OCR
  8. Wow this is huge! I agree with my fellow Js that this arrangement doesn't move too far from the original, but the stylistic flares added are wonderful. Really well performed. Wow that's a big snare! The vox are great. I know nothing about this game so I look forward to Dave's writeup on this, but the mix itself is good to go. YES
  9. What an exciting direction to take this source, very energetic. I love the soft breakdown with the harpsicord. The lead guitar is mixed on the quiet side, which doesn't help this mix since the lead is clearly sequenced and a bit weak, but you've done quite a good job with it. I agree with Wes the drums are fabulous and I love that buzz transition too. Good stuff, gotta go with it! YES
  10. I know what you mean, how hard it is to make sequenced solo piano sound real! I have undertaken the same challenge and I was told that for the most part it sounded natural. On this mix, I think it sounds lovely and natural enough, until the faster bass notes start up at 1:42. They are almost tolerable until 2:02 when they just become too much. It sounds like someone is hammering away at the keys. I think it would be incredibly hard to make writing such as that sound non-sequenced. In the second half of this arrangement, the illusion of it being a real piano is unfortunately ruined. I lo
  11. Wow, what an interesting take on this source! I love this concept. I love the change from the 4/4 original to such an upbeat 6/8. The mixing is the weak point here, with elements not sounding very clear, and the drums could be louder. As it stands now the mixing is very flat and lifeless. The sample quality isn't the best, with the brass being particularly dry and fake-sounding, and the strings aren't too strong either. I'm not to sure about the vocal sample. The overall master is very quiet, but even so I hear there are points where the compression is almost too strong. I feel like most
  12. I'm sorry but I can't let this get rejected purely on being a cover. First of all, the complete genre change over from chiptune to rock/metal is a major personalization to these sources. Secondly, there are LOTS of bits of writing variation here. There are TWO sources being integrated into one cohesive arrangement. As my fellow Js have pointed out, the performances and mixing are great, no issues there. I am enjoying this track! The mix is very conservative, but to call it a straight-up cover seems wrong to me. I do hear that the ending got cut off, but that would be a quick fix to fade
  13. I must agree with my fellow Js entirely. What you've got here sounds great! But it's too sparse and slow/dreamy with not enough interest or development to support a five minute arrangement. The drum groove never changes, neither do the background chords, and the bell motif is super simple. I'd love to hear this again with the drums having some variance and maybe some fills, and some countermelodic elements or arps or other elements of interest added as the arrangement moves along. This is a great start but not enough substance to stand as an OCR remix. NO (resubmit)
  14. I absolutely adore Michael's other experimental or "musique concrete" submissions, but this one, I just don't know. Maybe I'm just not getting what's being done here, but it sounds very messy to me and not in a good way. The timbres sound very vanilla and the heavy compression/distortion just makes them sound crushed and broken rather than stylistic. I'm also having trouble hearing enough source; I would need to do a timestamp to make sure there's enough. But my impression of this is that it is jarring rather than entertaining. I'll be very interested to see what other judges think.
  15. I agree with Joel that, compared to the rich soundscape of the intro, the soundscape becomes almost jarringly thin when the first metal section arrives. But wow, I really like the meshing of the various styles. I disagree that this makes the mix non-cohesive; the theme continues seamlessly throughout the track and the style changes are welcome surprises. While I wish the mixing was a little more consistent throughout, I don't find it to be a dealbreaker. There is so much here to like and I'd like to see it on the front page. YES
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