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OCR02382 - *YES* Sonic & Knuckles 'Quicksander'

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Submission Title (See Attached): Quicksander

Genre: Dubstep

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Remixer Name: A.COE

Real Name: Alex Coe

Website: http://www.acoemusic.net

Submission Information

Name of game arranged: Sonic & Knuckles

Name of original song arranged: Sandopolis Zone Act 2

Additional Info About Game: (Already added to site)

Link to Original Soundtrack:

My Own Comments:

Sonic 3 & Knuckles was the zenith of the Sonic Franchise. Sadly, the new games are frankly an embarrassment in comparison. Hopefully this bitchin' dubstep remix will serve as a fitting tribute to a masterpiece. Just doing my part to give the Sonic games of yesteryear the proper respect they deserve. The Sandopolis Zone (Act 2) music is a little unusual compared to other Sonic tracks, and allowed me to be very inventive while injecting a load of grit and filth. Here's to a level that caused many players a whole lot of grief.

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Usually when I hear the phrase "bitchin' dubstep", I roll my eyes at the hyperbole, but I think this track legitimately delivers. Some great rhythmic change ups in the melody, and the backing track modifications are excellent.

Production was powerful and clear, even with the dubstep grime added.

THis is a really good mix.

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right on. i'm in a love/hate relationship with dubstep, but I love the melodic approach; having more than just a half tempo drum loop and obnoxious bass is the first step towards a good dubstep. :P

so yeah, really digging the arrangement. it's a great fit for the source, and adds tons of personalization while keeping the source pretty in tact. well chosen synths and nice automation and attention to detail. I do have a few minor complaints. first off, your wobble bass sounds are huge, but I feel they could have some more oomph in the sub-bass frequencies. the song overall is also quite loud, not necessarily overcompressed; the quality is good, but it's pushing the master really hard, and the high frequencies of your trance lead and crashes were a bit harsh on the ears. of course this easily remedied by turning my volume down a notch or two but when it's pushing that hard at full volume, I feel it's at least worth mentioning.

all in all, a solid mix. tempted to go conditional on toning back the highs just a tad, but if the other J's are sold on this, then I am too. :)

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Very cool arrangement. I generally am somewhat dubious about dubstep as it tends to be somewhat gimmicky, but I think you used it really well here. The theme is very present here, and you've given it a nice touch. I do see Halc's worries with the overall volume, and I agree it wouldn't hurt to come down a bit, but I am ok with it as is as well.

Nice mix.

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Not a whole lot to add to what's already been said. I can hear what halc's saying on the highs being harsh, but it weren't enough to really bother my ears too much.

To be very nitpicky, I think the balance could be worked on a bit to get everything a little more cohesive. For example, the bass at :27 is quite loud and relegates the beat back in the soundscape a little more than it needs to. There are also some later sections where there's a lot going on and the track gets a bit crowded.

Solid track here, though. Looking forward to hearing more from you in the future.

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