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    I like shining and air wobbling.

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    http://nickwilliamsmusic.bandcamp.com/

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    Acoustic Guitar
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  1. There's definitely a negative influence it's had on writing songs with a lot of repetition. I've been writing music for a movie the past couple months, and the director is wanting a lot of repetitive and ambient tracks. However even with this I still run into problems with thinking "The chords need to change now to something completely different" or "If I don't put a new instrument in here it's going to get boring" Even though that's completely untrue. The real truth to everything is that you should be able to have diversity in your writing. Having an ability to be complex when you want and simple when you want is probably the biggest freedom to composing songs. Doing work on this film has taught me that you can make something beautiful and interesting with only 3 tracks. Or with repetitive rhythms and lines (I will say though that if you're writing repetitive music, having a melody that's complicated will get INCREDIBLY grating after a bit). The problem with repetition is when it's done on accident or out of laziness. Like a rock song probably needs to be developing a melody in a very obvious way, but a trip hop or ambient song can develop one slow and subtly. I guess it all comes down to the context of your track, if that makes any sense. And yeah, I agree that OCR doesn't hate repetition. I've heard a couple things from here that sound like they take influence from groups like Boards of Canada. If you listen to MHTRTC at first it seems like everything is just cut and pasted for 6 minutes a piece. But if you really listen to it you can hear that things are changing and developing, it's just happening very slowly. Like a different chord every once in awhile, or the drum sample being cut up and moved around just slightly. You shouldn't be confusing that for somebody who just copies and paste's a generic drum loop they made with some vengeance samples for 3 minutes and calls it a house song. EDIT: Also a couple of people on OCR have seriously helped me a lot with my mixing abilities. It's a great place to learn and develop and people really shouldn't be scared of posting mixes here.
  2. Hey guys, new version is here! https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/61477766/Sonic%20Adventure%20Gamma%20workshop%204.mp3 - New section added from the source - Am working on making the drums more interesting right now, their still in this awkward stage where they're not really fully developed, but it's getting there - General mixing and EQ stuff here and there - Added some vocal effects - Edited the organ section a little to make it closer to the source Feel free to give some feedback!
  3. Hey everyone, new export! https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/61477766/Sonic%20Adventure%20Gamma%20workshop%202.mp3 - Changed the kick so it doesn't linger as long - Made the song a bit faster - Did some EQing to make room for instruments that were smothered a bit - Made a new section to transfer into the next half of the song which I'll be composing later this week - Changed the drums a little, but am going to rework out area's of it to help it groove more with everything else in the mix - Made the piano stand out a little more and got rid of some of the dynamics so you can hear all the melodies Thanks!
  4. Hey guys, I've been working on this remix of Gamma's theme for awhile in my spare time for the 25th anniversary album. My deadline is the end of this month, so any feedback would be heavily appreciated! I still want to add a couple extra sections from the source in here also, but I think in the song will probably not be more than a minute longer. Original: ReMix: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/61477766/Sonic%20Adventure%20Gamma%20workshop%204.mp3
  5. Hey everyone, I'm wanting to work a little to make my two songs for the Sonic remix album really good. This WIP is what I have so far, I feel the mixing is very sloppy at the moment with the bass being too close, piano being a bit plastic and dry sounding, and synth not having the most character. Please let me know anything you think could make it a bit cleaner sounding that I haven't found already! Really appreciate it! Remix so far: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/61477766/Sonic%20Starlight%20WIP%203.mp3
  6. Earthbound is one of my favorite games and seriously has one of the most beautiful and fun soundtracks I've ever heard. Bound Together has already been made and has some pretty damn good songs on it. I don't think that means you can't do it at all though. Earthbound has a huge soundtrack with plenty of great materiel that wasn't used in Bound Together. As long as it doesn't just tread over the exact same ideas I'm sure another Earthbound album would be wonderful!
  7. Hey! I'm the one who directed you here from the smash subreddit, really happy you did it! One thing I'd like to say is that the bass feels very bare bones. You know how to make it emphasis the root notes which is great, but it's not really interacting with the drums, and especially not the kick. It makes the kicks feel real empty and honestly makes it seem like it should be in another song, if that makes sense. Good stuff though! I'd love to see this when it's done! Maylay4life
  8. I'm just happy that Fox is a corgi again.
  9. Gonna put this up for Mod Review one last time before I feel confident enough to submit this to the judges. Link to the most recent version: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/61477766/Cave%20Story%20Blade%27s%20Emperor.mp3
  10. Thank you so much for the kind words Gario. I gave the piano just a bit more reverb and it does fit a lot better into the mix now. I also changed a couple small things in the drum fills here and there and timing on certain notes and hits. There's still a tiny export flub Nuendo did with the bass near the beginning that I'll fix up before submitting. This seems to be all done and ready for me to submit it to the site now. I really appreciate all the feedback you've all given me! Here's the last Export: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/61477766/Cave%20Story%20Finished%2010.mp3 Really appreciate it!
  11. I can perfect multishine and shield drop both in Melee, and in real life.
  12. There's going to be one last export after this one cleaning up just a couple things, I really appreciate all the help you have all given me with this track. You guys are amazing. - Got rid of the snares from 0:16 to 0:20 to help it transition better - Changed the triplet fill at 0:35 to help it fit a bit better with the track, also made the piano notes triplets to flow with the fill - Changed the piano chords at 1:20 - 1:24 - EQed the bass a little more and brought down some velocities throughout to give it less boom and pick noise - At 2:30 - 2:37 I made the drums more subdued to open up the transition at 2:38 - Did some panning on the climax, it makes the guitars sit in the mix much better in my eyes. Newest Export: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/61477766/Cave%20Story%20Finished%209.mp3 Previous Export: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/61477766/Cave%20Story%20Finished%208.mp3
  13. Thanks so much for all the responses guys, I really appreciate your help! I'll definitely look into the HS80M's and HS5's and try to see which one works best for me.
  14. Do you mean just having the room not echo? I already have some foam mattress covers on the ceiling corners and it pretty much removed all the echo from my room.
  15. Hey Everyone, I've been mixing for a couple years on some high end Sennheisers and use some cheap ear buds to test consistency in sound. I'd like to maybe save up a bit this summer and maybe try to get some actual monitors since I always hear that they're suppose to be the best way to mix. I've looked around and it seems like there's a lot of options at varying prices. My budget would probably be around $200 - $250 for a pair. Are there any in that price range that still can give a great and clear sound to do mixing on, or do you need to heavily invest in $600+ for them to end up sounding good?