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About LjB0

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    Long-time VG music fan, started out sequencing loads of tunes by ear over at vgmusic.com (sadly a shadow of its former self now!) and branched out into composition. Finally got my hands on some proper audio gear in the shape of Logic Pro X, and now take a crack at whichever tune is buzzing round my head whenever I can spare 10 mins - which isn't that often anymore, with a young family running about the place! Love loads of styles, and always happy to have a go with some kind of new angle.

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    Acoustic Guitar
    Electric Guitar: Lead
    Electric Guitar: Rhythm
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    Lead guitar skills only functional at best!

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  1. Need some help! Have really enjoyed making this remix. My lift music-style version of the FF7 battle theme never felt right to me, but this popped into my head the other day and feels like a much better use of the major key changeup. The only trouble is I can't decide whether to produce a clean final mix, or one with an added vinyl effect, hard compressor with some distortion + dulled EQ to better simulate the kind of sound I'm going for. I've provided versions of both here that are nearly finished - would love your thoughts on the track itself as a remix, but also on whether to go for the fla
  2. Have been meaning to do more medieval-style remixes since my Halo theme a couple of years back, and the tune that worked best in my head was the wonderful Steam Gardens theme from Mario Odyssey (plays during Wooded Kingdom). As ever, Logic Pro X's string sounds are a challenge, and there is no acceptable solo violin sound for a lead instrument (was aiming for a vielle or medieval fiddle type sound), so I was searching for an alternative lead instrument for a while... before ending on something that may or may not be my first step towards inevitable mental decline. You'll hear what I mean
  3. Hey thanks so much for taking the time to listen and comment! I really appreciate it, and the Soundcloud likes! I actually updated the track and published it to my YouTube channel a while ago - here's the final version: Interesting you've picked out the clarity; I spent ages trying to figure this out! No expert at all, so I looked at a few guides and obsessively listened to things, and ended up cutting out a few frequencies at the instrument & master level. I think it was something like 200-300Hz & around the 3000 range too. Also created something like 4 reverbs on
  4. This has been on my to-do list for over a year, since my Ghibli Orchestra arrangement of Objection! (2016) - found it hard to pin down the right direction! I think this is less Ghibli-esque than that piece, but partly because every time I tried a new angle or rhythm it felt like the character had moved too far away from the original. Thought I needed to somehow keep the pace or at least the sensation of pace, while giving it a little more variety in harmony & tone + piling on the power when needed. Breakthrough came with Logic Pro X's new String Studio (hallelujah!), but I've been so
  5. Tried a couple of minor approaches & just couldn't get the vibe right. Seems to happen a lot to my remixes - once the first idea is down it's tricky to spin a whole new version out. Shame though as I totally agree with you, sobkre, about this having more potential than it ended up with. Ah well - you do what you can do! Final version below, from my YouTube channel:
  6. Haha - you are absolutely, 100% spot on and I couldn't agree more! I was so pleased with the synth swell at that point, the descending fake brass & the way everything almost feels too much; then realised I didn't have a plan for the rest of the theme! Ended up going very route 1 with it and just tried to include some interesting arpeggios & texture with the bitcrushed noise 'waves'. I need a totally new angle on the whole second part or it sort of betrays the first minute, which is all I really had in mind. What do you think about flipping it all to minor chords & echoing the
  7. This is such a great idea! Love the style & your transitions between themes really work with the silent movie style dialogue. I think the piano would benefit from some humanisation to really fit the feeling that it's an accompanist reading the scenes/emotions from a silent movie. And I wonder if that'll matter even more for submitting here as it's generally done on audio (though I could be wrong on that!) I'd also see about making the whole thing a little shorter, losing some of the repeats or perhaps one of the medley tracks? I think the whole concept might feel sharper with a s
  8. UPDATE: Found a version I'm happy enough with for my YouTube channel, link below updated. This idea popped into my head the other day, and have had an enjoyable few days putting it together. To be honest, feel a little stuck with it. Not too sure about some of the melody instruments & worried it's a little too conventional. That said, I messed around with it for a while and this direction ended up feeling right. Interested to hear your thoughts! Here's the [UPDATED] remix: Here's the original: And here's the kind of Vangelis / Bladerunner vibe I was
  9. This started out as something totally different, but ended up being a retro 80s take on the classic Corneria theme from Starfox (or Starwing in my case), based on very happy memories watching Stranger Things & enjoying the soundtrack. Straightforward stuff but playing around with the atmosphere was great fun! Would love to hear your thoughts. EDIT: Second update to the track. Good enough for my YouTube channel but keen to hear your thoughts before submitting to OCR! Here's the track: Here's the original: And here's the Strange
  10. Hey man, some quick thoughts from me on this - latest version definitely the best so far in my opinion! I am not an expert (at all) on production/mastering/balance so feel free to totally ignore my thoughts on this in favour of the more experienced heads & ears on this board - but here are my thoughts! Absolutely love the piano work on this. Star of the show for sure. Initially was a strange blend with the early punchy synth chords, but eventually was loving it. Sounds retro in a pleasing way! To the point where I actually hoped those synth chords would take a more prominent plac
  11. I apologise for the terrible title. I was (very slowly) working on an Apollo Justice follow-up to my Phoenix Wright vs Studio Ghibli orchestral theme, but found the orchestra just wasn't working. I kept hearing Kotos, Shamisens & Shakuhachis instead. Then when Logic Pro's terrible native library kicked up a few sample-related fusses, I had to use Ruan Moon Guitars, Erhu Violins, and the 'Asian' percussion kit. In other words, a terribly inaccurate range of traditional instruments! Think Kung Fu Panda meets N64 Ganbare Goemon. I'm generally pleased with how it's shaping up, but have lo
  12. Hey nice to hear a traditional orchestral mix on here! There's loads about this I really like; the horns section in the middle was especially strong and reflective, nice transitions and clarity. My major thoughts are that the legato string recapitulation of the main theme around the 2:40 mark is lacking expression. The sustained notes really need some sort of vibrato or dynamic push, especially during the crescendos. Given how INCREDIBLE your sound library appears to be (in my humble opinion, as someone who can only afford Logic Pro's in-built sounds! What are you using?) those bits stand
  13. I know I need to finish my medieval Halo theme, but this came into my head and refused to leave until I got a demo version down! This is Final Fantasy VII's ordinary battle theme ('Those Who Fight') rearranged in the annoyingly catchy, classic style of 'Elevator Music' (sort of Bossa Nova). It's called 'Final Fantasy 7/11' as I remember this kind of cheesy stuff playing in 7/11s when I visited Tokyo. Would love your thoughts; in some ways it feels fairly rough - in others, like I'm not sure what more can be done with it - so I need some inspiration & feedback! Here's the ori
  14. Just wanted to thank everyone for the great comments & suggestions on this! Sorry, I've been away so haven't been able to respond yet or make any changes. Tambourine would be great; I was trying to keep the number of imaginary musicians low (picturing a roving band plying the trade in some royal court somewhere, 4 people seemed about right) - but they are imaginary, so I'm sure adding another to the mix won't hurt! I'll play with that for the next version. Geoffery Taucer - I agree, the 'Medieval Lute' (as Logic calls it) in the left channel does ring of synthesised sound a little too
  15. Hey, I’m a huge fan of the Ace Attorney soundtracks & this has always been one of the highlights for me, so wanted to give you some feedback. I'm no master of arrangement/composition so feel free to listen to/ignore whatever you like! Positives: Generally I think the balance of instruments is good, with enough rhythmic variation to sound interesting. I admire your commitment to a specific style and sticking with it throughout. A good piece for setting and maintaining a very narrow mood. Working points: The piano feels thin to me; possibly this is the lack of variet
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