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Chrono Trigger - Underground Sewer remix

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Hi OCRemix - I'm looking for some feedback on a remix I'm working on for the Underground Sewers theme from Chrono Trigger.

I knew from the start that I wanted to try to remix this track with an EDM/clubby feel. I wanted a build-up into the overall theme of the track. Now that I've gotten the main melody down, I've hit a roadblock on what to do next. Any thoughts you can share would mean a ton to me :)

Some things I'm struggling with now:

  1. Creatively approach - I've only got about a minute of the track so far, debating whether to find a new song to add to the remix or repeat some of the verses
  2. Mastering - How does the track feel overall? EQ balanced? Effective panning? Any instruments that stand out (in a good or bad way?)? Any other mastering tips I should consider?
  3. Percussion - any suggestions on how to spruce things up to keep it interesting?


I'm still an amateur remixer using FL studio built-in plugins, so any feedback (whether large, small, obvious or not) is greatly appreciated!! Thank you so much!


Source youtube for reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXUgjTJZ4XY


test - Chrono Trigger Sewers for oc remix.mp3

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  • 2 weeks later...

Ah, those sewers. How they grated on me. Not like this piece, though. It's thrilling, chilling, and rather catchy. If you're using FL 20, I suggest checking out the FLEX synthesizer packs, has some fun stuff. Anyways. I'm not much of an authority on composing EDM stuff, but if it were me, I'd start with revisiting parts of the song and changing elements of them: change which instrument takes the melody, change the melody itself up, extend or shorten parts to see how you like 'em. EX: repeat the intro (0:00- 0:15) with some long notes added to complement the arps and drums. Then maybe repeat it again with some of the bell synths adding a counter melody to the new additions. Although, to be honest, I can kinda hear the court room theme mixing well with this. Keep playing around with the song, you'll find a groove you like.

As for mastering, I'd keep an ear on the higher frequencies: a good number of your synths have higher/shriller timbre's, so take a look at making sure there isn't too much playing on the higher octaves at once. The percussion sounds like's its doing its job pretty well so far, you could probably go pretty far in the piece without changing up too much from what you've made. 

You've got a neat thing starting here, keep at it!

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@rakafella1018 No problem! As best I can remember, FLEX offers a number of free synth packs when you have access to the synthesizer. Before FLEX came out, I used Sytrus, which can be really useful (and confusing) due to letting you change absolutely everything about the synthesizer. Keep experimenting with the stuff you got, you'll eventually make/find sounds you like.

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@rakafella1018 Happy to help! It's sounding smoother by my reckoning, and I am terrified how well the two sources go together, good work mixing them together. The high frequencies are sounding more balanced as well. Nicely done with this one, keep at it!
And, BTW, if you're ever interested in some friendly community remixing, I'd recommend checking out the competitions every once in a while. It's all good natured and low key, and it can be fun to try out your mixing skills in a friendly environment. 

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