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Everything posted by Sir_NutS

  1. For some reason, this arrangement feels very flat emotionally, which is weird coming from such an emotionally-charged song. I believe this is due to the piano not being performed properly, things like cadence and humanization are very spotty. Some left hand choices I don't feel like they are going along with the current expression or theme, i.e. hard chords at 1:39, which segues directly into some playful sequence giving you a bit of whiplash. This adaptation makes a lot of sense in paper, as I think a piano is perfect for carrying everything the original song wants to say, but the e
  2. Uh, not sure what's going on with those drum hits, but they sound... super compressed/distorted in an unintentional way? some even seem to lack proper drum transients due to what I think sounds like overcompression. I think your arrangement idea is fine here, changing the electronic nature of the original into more of an epic cinematic track. Honestly I think this tracks shines when it's not doing the whole distorted taikos thing. The constant drumming feels robotic at times and gets tiresome after a while, in contrast to the quiet parts which are actually super nice to listen to and sound
  3. This is a very tough one. I don't think I could add much to the discussion here as most of the pros/cons have already been mentioned. The biggest issue here and potential dealbreaker is how the mix gets super crowded and crunchy. There's no denying it, some sections of this mix are just messy and lack clarity, but I'm not sure they take down the whole mix with them. Outside of those crowded sections, the mix is ok and most instruments can be heard. The arrangement is good here, so I think this is leaning towards a YES from me but it's very close, I would love to hear this mix with a more
  4. Synthwave and journey to silius? Do you read my diary? I dig it. It's not super expansive but imo the original is so good you don't really need to do a lot with it. This remix relies a lot on arpeggios and filter automation to keep things moving and varied. My main issue with this one is that it feels pretty static throughout. I was hoping for a break but I don't feel like I ever got one, and that caused the buildup around 3:10 to have less impact for me. I feel like the vocaloid is not meshing that well with the rest of the mix, feels like it's on top of everything else yet out
  5. Oh, this is a nice change of pace, most of Rebecca's tunes have a style which is often soothing/mysterious, and this track does have a lot of that, but it is also veering towards that cinematic flair of a movie soundtrack. I feel like the source here is expanded in several interesting ways, from the cinematic intro that just hints at the source, to the longer piano performance towards the end which really develops the main theme and expands on it. This is a great example of what an OCR track is in my mind. There's not much to say regarding production here in my opinion, it sounds good.
  6. Yep this pretty much satisfies my complains from last time, compression levels are a bit more relaxed and made the arrangement deeper. Mix seems clean and stuff like synth leads aren't really getting buried as in the previous version. Overall a great remix of a great soundtrack, not much else to say. EDIT: and you also kept the YYZ reference which gets you a cookie each with me. YES
  7. I'm definitely interested but I'm not committing to a track yet, I'm going to go through the OSTs this weekend.
  8. Well first off, too much headroom. It's not as bad as in other submissions from Rebecca but still I wish this was closer to "normal" volume. This is less symphonic or folksy than Rebeca's usual entries and I love it, lush evolving pads and droning ambient sounds complement the track well. I honestly enjoyed this hybrid track a lot more due to the unique sound you're going for here. I think the mix is sufficiently clean and I can hear the elements of the song well enough. The arrangement is nothing too transformative but there are some cool ideas with some of the melodies changing inst
  9. I feel like I don't have much to add to the conversation here, the other Js have explained the pros and the cons I'm hearing very well. The tipping point here is the arrangement, as the source is pretty nebulous and it's very hard to make the connection. Even if the sources are technically there I'm having a very hard time relating it to the originals. I am enjoying the simple instrumentation, it does sound more like an old electro song than the modern synthwave we're used to hear, reminds me of a band I used to listen to called System. The mix is clean. IMO this is a good arrangement
  10. Hey, I missed voting on this on the panel, just wanted to add that this is super cool and I like it a lot!
  11. This is super fun to listen to. Bubbly and sugary synths. The disco beat is kinda constant but there are fills and changes throughout, I didn't feel it was on autopilot. Production is clean and pleasant, but the leads have a tendency to being forced to the background by the harmonies and drums. The groove is funky and makes me bob my head to it for sure. The adaptation to the disco/funky style works but then again, the original was very much like that. My only gripe with this is that there isn't much of a remix in there. It takes the original and repeats it twice (3 times if you cou
  12. Not a bad sub, but I think it falls a bit short. Production-wise things are clean, helped by the arrangement not being overly deep, but that lack of depth hinders it quite a bit. The drums are basic in the sense that there aren't that many percussive elements there however there are many sections where you change things up, sometimes you go half-time, sometimes you try interesting rolls and fills, so overall I think you did a lot with what you had but adding more depth there wouldn't hurt. The textures aren't overly interesting, sometimes they do their job (I think the sidechained supersaws
  13. I'm not super familiar with the CC soundtrack, so this is mostly new for me. I don't think I can add much to this since the others have explained very well the strengths of this remix and I mostly concur with the other Js, I'll just mention that this could've used a bump in volume as usual. It's a well-organized track, with each part having its time in the spotlight, with some performance issues with the voice library used, I felt the sequencing there was a bit too stiff. The arrangement was solid but it really didn't blow me away, however there's enough arrangement here to make it. The pr
  14. Agree on this, it's a very safe remix. I really, really would've liked to hear some kind of expansion over the original or an original section... but even tho it's very close, it's not really a carbon copy although most of the originality is due to the soloing. The mastering is so-so, yes the elements can mostly be heard (I do hear some mud in there) but I don't think the mixdown is as clear as it could be. Like Larry I found some sections overly cramped specially with all the guitars and synth harmonies. The performances are pretty good in here, and overall this is pretty solid outs
  15. @Emunator I think there might be something wrong with your setup, I'm not seeing any clipping on my end, and the RMS value is much lower It's true that the track is too compressed, although even when it's this compressed I can distinguish most elements, however it did give me listening fatigue after a couple of minutes for sure. The arrangement is super good here, with some sections following the original pretty close while others (i.e. the whole last section) divert quite a bit and bring more interpretation to the table. It feels like there's not a moment where things are left on
  16. Very original and fun take. Eino's stuff used to be a bit rough around the edges production-wise but this sounds pretty clean to me, although the mix balance could have used another pass imo, as some leads don't pop up as much as I would like. I feel some more harmonic content in the mids could've helped fill the mix a bit more but there's nothing wrong perse with what we have here. That said, the ending didn't work for me, it's too abrupt and lacks resolution. It's the worst part of the whole thing by far imo, and takes quite a few points off of what would be a solid entry. The arrang
  17. Oh yes this is dope. Warm synths are the name of the game here and I love them. Strong synthwave vibes, clean and powerful mix. Arrangement wise this checks out, as the original is expanded on and most prominently, perfectly adapted to this style. Nothing here feels on autopilot, even the nuances on the filter changes for the synths, or the changes in pace accentuated by the drums changing to half time as necessary. Full of substance and flavor, a thoroughly enjoyable ride. YES
  18. I agree with Brad, which in turn makes me agree with Wes (Welcome back dude!). I think the arrangement lacks a bit of substance. As mentioned above, it's a short track that didn't get much time to develop, and if you take into account that the last part is mostly just an arpeggio fading out... it's not substantial enough imo. The mixing is not ideal either here, some elements are hard to hear or are clashing with others mixing-wise. The mix feels a tad claustrophobic. The performances are a highlight here, as I think the arrangement is well performed and some emotion can be felt break
  19. I did vote on the original sub. I had an issue with the mastering obviously but I also had some other issues with the production, mainly the lack of lows and power in the drums. How does this resub fare? Well, there are lows now, a ton I'd say, but it's mainly the sub bass doing the work there. I do think the track is now too sub-heavy, but it's not as bad as to be a reason for rejection. The track feels a lot more open now due to the proper compression levels. I still think the arrangement is solid, and outside of the uber-sub I don't think there are huge issues, there are still som
  20. I never played any of the originals for more than 10 minutes or so but I enjoyed SoR4 a lot, possibly the best beat'em up I've played. I beat it with all the SoR4 characters, but I don't enjoy playing with the old, retro characters. Good stuff overall.
  21. Some nice 80s electro pop groove here. Getting some subtle Kraftwerk vibes with some of the synths, specifically reminds me of "Telephone call". Sadly this one is not as enjoyable of an experience, the synths and drums are snappy and warm sounding but the soundscape is pretty barren. It's missing something, maybe lyrics, maybe another harmony or pads, but it sounds way too empty at times. I wasn't a fan of the voice clips, they're not meshing well with the mix, as they aren't clean enough and the background noise is a harsh contrast to the minimal arrangement and clean mix. There's so
  22. Sequencing feels very robotic, which is bad if you're using these instruments. The guitar in particular sounds very artificial in the way it's being played and also the sample itself, while the sax is not trying to hide it's artificial nature at all. One good thing I can say about the sound design/palette here is that I did like the background pads and overall ambiance. The mix seems clean enough for me. There are other sequencing oddities, like how at 2:14 the drums seem to be in a whole different groove than the rest of the track. Arrangement-wise I found the format a bit odd as
  23. For all the effort you took to add impact to the song, I think the climax sections lack a lot of power. This is partly due to the mastering which seems botched by bad limiter settings: Not something you want to see Also the synths feel pretty flat even though they are distorted, which in theory should give a lot of character but somehow they sound a bit... hollow. The drums sound big in the sense that they have pretty long tails but they are not impactful, possibly due to lack of lows during the drop. Actually the whole mix is lacking lows, as the kick is pretty muffled and
  24. This track's issues are obvious, it's too static and repetitive. But calling it a midi rip is definitely wrong, there's interpretation here, and detailing put into the performances and sequencing of the main instruments too. I loved the cello that appears around 2:46 and I think the dynamics and articulations on it are pretty cool. The two tracks fit perfectly together as well, the concept works for me, it just needed a bit more variation with the backing elements. There IS variation, but it's too subtle. Even though the track is repetitive, I don't think it overstays its welcome for too
  25. This is one of those signature tracks from this OST. The track starts very conservative, but it does expand over the original enough, only not necesarily through the main lead section. I did like the lo-fi sections although they sound a touch too distorted for their own good. On the good side the arrangement doesn't feel like it's copy-pasting, it feels like some thought went into each section. Nice Djent adaptation as well, which is a bit of a culprit when it comes to the lack of highs. Yes the track quotes the original melody almost verbatim but outside of that there's work done with th
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