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OCR02804 - Donkey Kong Country 'Focus'

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I thought the intro piano was pretty quiet and unusually distant, and that the other elements at that moment seemed more tasteful from the sound design perspective. Great bell at 1:35, and the trebly sweeps are really well done. Bass at 2:00 was a bit much in the 60Hz for my headphones, to the point of it being grating after 1 or 2 minutes, but it may just be me. The arp at 2:22 and other similar spots was pretty loud, while the bells at 2:55 and other similar spots were pretty distant, but I guess it's ok.

I thought the same as Larry at 4:15 with the leading strings; a little underwhelming compared to the other electronic elements due to the somewhat flat articulation used. The lead at 5:18 is a pretty nice sync lead, and certainly tops the strings. I wouldn't say, then, that the strings were meant to come off that way, but oh well.

Not repetitive enough to be a track where people will want to skip around on it, and nitpicks aside, pretty solid track. Good job man.

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The beginning for the most part is very quiet but it gives off a really nice atmosphere. When it starts to pick up around the 2 minute mark, it really groves. In my opinion, Fear Factory is my favorite track in the DKC soundtrack so this is a nice surprise for the new year. Awesome mix!

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I thought the intro piano was pretty quiet and unusually distant, and that the other elements at that moment seemed more tasteful from the sound design perspective. Great bell at 1:35, and the trebly sweeps are really well done. Bass at 2:00 was a bit much in the 60Hz for my headphones, to the point of it being grating after 1 or 2 minutes, but it may just be me. The arp at 2:22 and other similar spots was pretty loud, while the bells at 2:55 and other similar spots were pretty distant, but I guess it's ok.
I agree with all this. My one big crit of this remix is that the volume is all over the place. A comfortable volume level for the intro and outro raises the main song into the "hurts my ears" level, and a comfortable level for the main song lowers those into the inaudible. I got used to that bass throb but it did take some getting used to.

I actually really like the synth strings, but then I like synth strings in general. I find it to be well contrasted with, rather than outdone by, the slick synth at 5:18.

Overall a really well-done and entertaining mix.

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The intro was absolutely mesmerizing. Loved the soundscape you were going for there as it reminded me of some of Miss Yoko Shimumura's work (listen to Sommom Woods from Mario & Luigi: Dream Team). I'm disappointed that you didn't follow through with that kind of sound, opting for a dance remix instead. I didn't like the rest of the track as it sounded repetitive and overstayed its welcome, but that's just me.

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Nice long intro that builds into the progressive beat, but I do have to agree that the volume discrepancy was just a tad to much once you got past the intro, but it wasn't something that a simple turning up and down of the volume couldn't fix. Being that Fear Factory is my favorite DKC1 source, I love how the middle section at 4:48 was handled before the ReMix breaks out of it's bonds for a moment. Overall, a few things that could be nitpicked at, but certainly nothing that broke the ReMix. Good stuff.

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When I at first heard this, I thought "Hey, this is ambient! It can't be DarkSim work!" But the ambient intro is actually very good, being a bit long, though. Then, after a two-minuite intro, it finally breaks out. And it's... Just wow. Pretty impressive. I esecially love when piano returns and blends with cool beats and synths and all that stuff. That synths at 5:18 are just stellar, by the way. Nice work, man!

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Well-done ambient intro; tension is definitely established. The transitions to the bass and kick feel natural, making the somewhat simple loop entertaining. 4:17 lead is pretty weak. The next section broke my worry of this mix not being intense enough, but I wish it was longer for proportion reasons. Nice outro though.

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