Jump to content

Sonic orchestral arrangement: Labyrinth/Hydrocity


Recommended Posts

I have a project that I work on whenever I have spare time where I am arranging all of the music from Sonic 1-3 and Sonic & Knuckles for orchestra. I have every song done in rough midi forms (finished a LONG time ago), and know I'm working on getting it all put into a realistic sound library. Currently, I've more or less finished two songs. The second one is a medley (called Water Zones) featuring the Labyrinth BGM from Sonic 1 and then the Hydrocity BGM from Sonic 3 (with the drowning jingle tossed in the middle).

Water Zones

The first song in the project, Mystic Cave from Sonic 2, can be found here.

Mystic Cave

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Water zones:

Interesting concepts. I like the drowning one. The piano rolls sounded nasty, for example at 1:35. I think that sound needs to change somehow. The whole song seems kind of like a midi-rip with instrumental sounds. Not enough remixing going on. The instrumentation is beautiful though. For the most part. There are some sounds that just don't fit, for example like I said that instrument that is doing the rolls. (Piano?)

Mystic cave:

Nice intro. This is good stuff. I think the lead instrument should be solidified a little, so that the listener can "follow" the song. I feel uncomfortable when I lose track of the melody. Overall this piece sounds less like a midi rip. Nice work.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Mystic Cave: Well, sounds like anything but a "mystic cave" type of theme (although I'm not too familiar with the source). I hear some dynamic issues. Correcting most of these will make it less blatantly obvious to the listener that this a sequenced orchestral arrangement.

The flutes in general sound too loud. I can barely hear the bass/cellos (the ones playing the bass line). They definitely could use some stronger attack for more oomph. Some of the percussion doesn't sound right. The cymbal splashes/crashes should be louder. The gong should be much louder. The harp is probably a touch too loud (harp is not a loud instrument). The brass could be louder (it is brass after all). I'm not quite sure how a glockenspiel overpowers an entire trombone section. A glockenspiel is a relatively small and weak instrument.

The piccalo towards the end sounds a bit annoying. Maybe the sample is bad, needs sharper attack, and some eq to make it fit in better.

Arrangement-wise, this piece seems pretty solid. It's very thematic, and you seem to have a solid understanding of orchestral scoring. However, it needs much work on the mixing side.

Water-zone: I'm not familiar with this source material either, but the first minute does sound like a midi rip. It doesn't sound like something that would actually be played on those particular instruments, it sounds very mechanical (non-human), and you seem to overcompensate the bad samples by adding tons of reverb.

The water-death song is quite nice, but has a couple of issues. I think the gong sounds out of place playing by itself at the end. Maybe you could use a trumpet to simulate a drowning noise or something.

The song that follows the water death seems much like a midi rip also. The instruments don't sound mixed well, and with all the reverb, bad attack/decay times, it sounds very muddy.

The Mystic Cave song is a much better production overall.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for the replies.

I realize my mixing needs TONS of work, I just don't (yet) have the tools to get into the song and mess with that stuff, but at least I have an idea on what I should look at when I actually do get the tools. (I'm looking to by Sonar so that I can truly start to sequence, I've just been putting it off and trying to find a cheap price for it.)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.


×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Create New...