XPRTNovice

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    Vocal Percussion (Beatboxing)

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    Joe Zieja
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  1. [This is an automatically generated message] I've reviewed your remix and have returned it to Work-in-Progress status, indicating that I think there are some things you still need to work on. After you work on your track and feel that it's ready for submission to OCR, please change the prefix back to Ready for Review and someone will review it again. Good luck!
  2. [This is an automatically generated message] I've reviewed your remix and have returned it to Work-in-Progress status, indicating that I think there are some things you still need to work on. After you work on your track and feel that it's ready for submission to OCR, please change the prefix back to Ready for Review and someone will review it again. Good luck!
  3. I'll be totally honest, I'm loving this stuff, but I don't think it's for OCR. What I'm hearing is the original OST track with some great hip hop vocals on top and maybe a little bit of a changed beat. It's really cool, and I enjoy it, but I don't think this is the right place for this. I've asked other staff to see what they think.
  4. [This is an automatically generated message] I've reviewed your remix and have returned it to Work-in-Progress status, indicating that I think there are some things you still need to work on. After you work on your track and feel that it's ready for submission to OCR, please change the prefix back to Ready for Review and someone will review it again. Good luck!
  5. Hi there. Did you mark this as READY FOR REVIEW because you are trying to submit this to the OCR judges panel and want a moderator to review the piece? This seems like an advertisement for your short film, not an invitation for feedback.
  6. Hey there - welcome to the workshop. Please read the workshop introduction rules so you understand what this place is for and what marking something "ready for review" means. This doesn't fall into something that you'd use this workshop for - we'd review one track at a time.
  7. [This is an automatically generated message] I've reviewed your remix and have returned it to Work-in-Progress status, indicating that I think there are some things you still need to work on. After you work on your track and feel that it's ready for submission to OCR, please change the prefix back to Ready for Review and someone will review it again. Good luck!
  8. Can you post links to the source and the Danny mix as well before I take a look?
  9. *MOD REVIEW* Hey there Argentina! Welcome to the workshop. Okay. The intro - I think the drums need to come back in the mix and let the guitars shine a bit here, since the guitars are doing the movement and need the attention. When :30 hits, though, it really falls into place. It sounds great. Driving, the guitars sound awesome and are well performed and recorded. BUT I still think you can bring them more to the front, especially since the drums are sequenced and are of lesser quality than the guitars. You're clearly a great guitar player, so let it shine! Obviously don't bury the drums, but I think the guitars can come up in the mix without making it sound messy. 1:45 the drums drop out and give the guitars some room, and it's very satisfying. So I'd say bring that to the rest of the piece. I was disappointed when the piece sort of suddenly ended at 2:15 though. I feel like there's a lot more that can be done with it, and you clearly have the skill to write more. I'm not sure what I would suggest, but maybe since the arrangement you have right now is very true to the original, take the theme and do a variation on it. Mess with the timing, the key, or take that synth and bring it to the forefront for a while. You've got plenty of room to add some more meat to this mix, especially since the source is just about as long as the mix (which you hardly ever get in the NES era, so use it!). I'm marking as WIP mostly for the reason that the mix feels incomplete, but I'd take the opportunity to mess with the drum/guitar balance a little bit as well. It sounds great so far! *MOD REVIEW* I've reviewed your remix and have returned it to Work-in-Progress status, indicating that I think there are some things you still need to work on. After you work on your track and feel that it's ready for submission to OCR, please change the prefix back to Ready for Review and someone will review it again. Good luck!
  10. *MOD REVIEW* Hey. I think I'll disagree with Gario on this one about the conservativism being too much. Is it conservative? Yes, I think it is. Do I think there's more you can do with it? I do. Trust me, I'm all for being minimalist in music sometimes, but I think with a source like this there's a lot you can do with it. Then again, you may not WANT to do anything with it, which is an artistic choice you're free to make, especially with this being a sort of horror genre piece of music. I'm going to mark as complete, and you can roll the dice with the judges on whether or not this is enough of a new take on the piece to pass. I'm more optimistic than Gario, but I still see his point. *MR OUT* I've reviewed your remix and have set it to Completed status, indicating that I think your remix is ready to be submitted to the Judges Panel. Congratulations! If you feel like you still need to work on your track and want more feedback, you can change the prefix back to Work-in-Progress and we'll go through the review process again. If you decide to submit your track, please change the prefix to Submitted after sending your email. Thank you!
  11. [This is an automatically generated message] I've reviewed your remix and have set it to Completed status, indicating that I think your remix is ready to be submitted to the Judges Panel. Congratulations! If you feel like you still need to work on your track and want more feedback, you can change the prefix back to Work-in-Progress and we'll go through the review process again. If you decide to submit your track, please change the prefix to Submitted after sending your email. Thank you! *MOD REVIEW* Man, I am absolutely loving the vibe of this. That cheesy 80s reverb snare is just beautiful. The drums, IMO, could still use some filling out (particularly, the kick sounds not deep enough to me) there's an opportunity for it to really fill out the mix, and right now it's just not doing the job. I didn't get a real sense of low end until about 1:45, after which it sounds a lot more complete to my ears. It drops out again after that section, though, and my ears are really thirsty for some lower end freqs by the end of the piece. I think you've done a lot to add dimension, but a little more couldn't hurt. There's that sort of low pad you have going on underneath, I think, and maybe getting that to come out a bit more would round it out. Those are obviously suggestions, not comments, and you can do with those what you will. Do I think this would stand a chance in front of the judges? Yes, I do, which is why I'm marking complete. But I think that with a little bit more attention, you can make this feel really round and warm. Good luck with it and great job! *MOD REVIEW*
  12. [This is an automatically generated message] I've reviewed your remix and have returned it to Work-in-Progress status, indicating that I think there are some things you still need to work on. After you work on your track and feel that it's ready for submission to OCR, please change the prefix back to Ready for Review and someone will review it again. Good luck! *MOD REVIEW* Hey there, welcome to the forums. Here's your mod review of this piece. I really like a lot of what's going on here, BUT, the piece is effectively ruined by the current kick drum sample you have going on here. It's loud and overcompressed, and makes it physically difficult to hear the excellent guitar work you have going on. The sequencing isn't humanized, so I get a metronome-like regularity to it, and the sample itself doesn't seem to be a round-robin style, so I'm getting literally the same noise several times a second in some places. The kick overshadows the rest of the piece and makes it difficult to enjoy. In general, I think this is a REALLY good remix. If I shut out the kick drum, I can hear the great work you're putting into the guitars, which sound natural, balanced, and well performed. The drums, particularly the kick drum, really need some work before this can go in front of judges. I might suggest collaborating with someone who is an actual drummer, which would make this mix really stand out in an amazing away. Barring that, take some time to step back and take a look at your samples and how you are sequencing the drums. The kick drum is by far the most detrimental part of the mix, but the rest of the drums could use some realism work as well; the crashes get buried, and some almost sound like bell-taps. A good drum track here will really take this to the next level. *MOD REVIEW*