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OCRA-0039 - Deus Ex: Sonic Augmentation

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After Siren Synapse a few years ago, I never thought you'd manage to do a whole album of the stuff. I can't even pick a favourite from this one - they're all great! :D

Calm ... upbeat ... tech ... awesome! ^_^

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I found it interesting that I was credited on this album. Imo, it wasn't necessary. I literally did about 10 minutes of work for that track, and all I did was record exactly what Dj Mokram wanted me to play and shoot the WAVs back to him.

He's the star of that track. I was an instrument.

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Not going to lie, I haven't played Deus Ex since Conspiracy. But this? This album made me fall back in love with the games again.

I've been listening to the tracks since downloading it and I can't find anything I DON'T like. The overall sound quality rests well on my ears, the sound of the tracks is varied enough to play repeatedly, and the final track - The God Machine?

Favorite.

Following it is Siren Synapse. Tears in Rain and Distortion are two close runner-ups.

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I, too, have nothing but praise for this album, my favorite track being halc's "Human Soldier".

However, I think I have found a bug with the last track, Vig's "The God Machine". There are a couple of sound skips at 0:20 and 0:23. They seem vaguely rhythmical, but there is no definitive rhythm established at that point, so I can't imagine they're intentional. The skips are present in the FLAC and MP3 versions in the Bittorrent download and in fact both files decode flawlessly, so I guess it's in the source file.

Can anyone verify? I've already redownloaded the whole package, but this persists.

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I, too, have nothing but praise for this album, my favorite track being halc's "Human Soldier".

However, I think I have found a bug with the last track, Vig's "The God Machine". There are a couple of sound skips at 0:20 and 0:23. They seem vaguely rhythmical, but there is no definitive rhythm established at that point, so I can't imagine they're intentional. The skips are present in the FLAC and MP3 versions in the Bittorrent download and in fact both files decode flawlessly, so I guess it's in the source file.

Can anyone verify? I've already redownloaded the whole package, but this persists.

I believe that is deliberate in his song. It's been in every version I've heard.

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However, I think I have found a bug with the last track, Vig's "The God Machine". There are a couple of sound skips at 0:20 and 0:23. They seem vaguely rhythmical, but there is no definitive rhythm established at that point, so I can't imagine they're intentional. The skips are present in the FLAC and MP3 versions in the Bittorrent download and in fact both files decode flawlessly, so I guess it's in the source file.

Can anyone verify? I've already redownloaded the whole package, but this persists.

That's not a bug, it's deliberate.

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I was just resetting some gain levels on the mp3 copy of this, and noticed they are pretty severely clipped, looking at them in audacity.

Didn´t notice by ear, but seems someone did a lousy job on them.

I am gonna rerip them from the flacs.

Maybe someone should fix them here too.

Awesome album!

Actually the FLACs are bad too, but I realized it is just certain songs. The arteest must have uploaded clipped stuff. Not what I would expect from semi pro musicians, alas!

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I was just resetting some gain levels on the mp3 copy of this, and noticed they are pretty severely clipped, looking at them in audacity.

Didn´t notice by ear, but seems someone did a lousy job on them.

I am gonna rerip them from the flacs.

Maybe someone should fix them here too.

Awesome album!

The FLAC & MP3s are made from the same WAVs. Also, Audacity's "Show Clipping" isn't a good indicator of anything. Clipping isn't the same as distortion, so you can distort something (whether accidentally, or purposefully as a production technique), and as long it doesn't peak over 0db, Audacity wouldn't treat it as clipping.

No matter what frequency goes above 0db, even if it's in a super high frequency range & super brief, it'll register as "clipping" in Audacity. That's why you didn't notice anything "by ear"; nothing is actually messed up.

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Just wanna pipe in and say thanks for putting this album together. It's mellow but not depressing, energetic but not in-your-face. Great balance.

EDIT: And I really enjoy listening it. An excellent album with multiple replays on my part. It evokes a very specific and relatable mood and ambience.

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