XPRTNovice

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  1. XPRTNovice

    3. completed FFVI - Terra's theme

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    3. completed FFVI - Terra's theme

    I am actually a huge fan of minimalist mixes. More is not always better. So kudos to you for going out on a limb with this and keeping it simple and meditative. I love the instrumentation you've used, and your mixing is spot on. So...I'm going to mark this completed, because I think the quality is there, but I ALSO have reservations about the length of the piece. Not because I think what you've written is bad, but because I think it's incomplete. In my ears, you've told half a story. But that's such a subjective opinion, and the rest of the mix is so good, that I am going to leave the decision up to you whether or not you think this is ready for the judges. Just be prepared for them to come back to you with similar feedback. If they do, though, I feel like you're skilled enough to know how to flesh out the story of the piece and fatten it up. Great job.
  3. Lot of good stuff going on here. I haven't heard previous versions, but I think you might be ready to toss this up to the panel. The only thing that bugged me a bit was the presence of the drums and some of the bassy tones throughout the whole piece seemed to be burying some of the more important parts - I know that's miserably unspecific, but it was more of an overall feel of the piece than anything else. I marked it complete because the headphones I'm currently using are definitely more on the bassy side, so I think you're pretty solid on this one. Good luck.
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  5. Hey there. I've returned this to WIP mostly because of the quality of your instrumentation. Your arrangement is actually really solid, and you clearly know what you're doing from a mixing perspective as mostly everything is balanced and well rounded. But in today's environment, you have access to a huge array of libraries - this sounds like there's a lot of MIDI happening here with not a lot of humanization. I couldn't quite tell if this was an intentional nod to the way lounge music sounds, but it's missing the dynamism of a fully formed arrangement.
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  7. Hey there - I went ahead and marked this back to WIP, as you said in a post that it has "no chance of passing the panel." Mod review is for tracks that you believe are at least close to passing with some tweaking. After listening to the track in the OP, I would encourage you to dive deeper into the community and really dig into the basics of sequencing, VST instrumentation, and arrangement. When you feel you have an arrangement that you're nearly sure will pass the panel, we can try again.
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  9. 2ND EVAL PER REQUEST: I really enjoy the overall improvements made in Version 2 of this tune from a production standpoint. The piece has solid mixing and sound overall, with nice support on the low end. I think the lead guitars can come out a lot more around 1:50-2:15. It gets lost in the background for me, particularly because, as Taucer pointed out, the arrangement is relatively conservative. Bringing the guitars more to the front might make the variation pop a bit more. Otherwise, I found my attention drifting away, even though we had some pretty great lead guitar stuff going on. It's likely ready for a submission.
  10. XPRTNovice

    Super MAGFest 2018

    I am come.
  11. XPRTNovice

    Lufia: Of Gods and Men

    Shit, I never even saw that anyone was trying to reach out to me. I haven't logged into the forums very well. Gario what do you need? A finished track "this year" is what I see above, as in the end of 2017? That'll be more than doable and I would like to keep this track.
  12. MOD REVIEW Hey there. I remember the days as a mod where I'd come in here with a flamethrower and just annihilate people's mixes. I feel like those days are ending - so much work is solidly produced now, including this one. Your production sounds really good, transitions are smooth and solid, the source is very well used all throughout and recognizable. Personally I could stand to feel a bit more of the mix in my chest with some more rounded out mid-lows, but altogether everything sounds really good to me. The one thing that threw me out of the mix - At 1:55 the kit sounds really dry, which contrasts in a stark way with the pads and leads going on as the melody. While I wouldn't recommend overdoing it, a touch of verb there might help it blend better, particularly the snare. Arrangement wise, at around 4:00 I was starting to get a bit of ear fatigue from repetition of the source elements. This is a very personal preference and many people probably wouldn't care, but there's enough variety in here that you could stand to maybe strip some of the repeated sections, or sections that only have a touch of variance in them. All of these things, though, are nitpicks. It's a professional sounding dance mix that I think is ready for the judges panel. I will caveat and saying that this style isn't my forte, so if some of the other mods want to jump in and talk about production it'd be welcome. Best of luck and great job.
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    Lufia: Of Gods and Men

    So, to date, my favorite remix I've ever done is this one. I finished it nearly four years ago and nobody has ever heard it. I am probably going to completely redo everything involved.
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    MAGFest 2017 (see you next mission)

    I remember there being some concern last year that we weren't going to be able to get an OCR suite this year as a gathering place for all of our brood. Will we have a suite this year?