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Final Fantasy IV 'Leap into the Darkness'

Props to DC13 for giving one of the less-covered FF games some attention. I enjoyed this, but I had issues with the transitions, the ending, and (yes) the chiptune part (it provided some good variation, but came in just as I really got into the style before it, which made it's appearance pretty annoying altogether). Overall, a good listen, even if it ain't perfect.

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I really like this song. I burned it onto a CD as soon as I downloaded it. My favourite song in FF4 is the one when you speak to the elders of Mysidia when you want to become a paladin. It is sweet the way you remixed that part.

You are a great remixer and keep up the work DC13!! :D

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All ratings are on a scale of 1 to 6.

SONG CHOICE: 5

Final fantasy 4 has great music, so it's really hard to go wrong on this one.

QUALITY: 5

Excellent. The instruments all blend together well, and the overall effect is very good. Good job.

ORIGINALITY: 4

Note by note, it was very faithful to the original pieces, but through tempo, instrumentation, and volume, an interesting remix is born. Hooray.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 4

It's little more than the sum of it's parts, but it's parts are all very good, and the final mix is very enjoyable.

Good job!

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!?! Uhhh...This isn't Final Fantasy? Or...Is it!?

Go play Super Mario RPG, Then Fight the monster, Culex. This is his Boss Music also. Wow....That's frickin' cool. Final Fantasy 4 and SM:RPG have the same Boss Music? Well, Culex was an original boss on SM:RPG. Nice job on this mix though, all in all.

Yea, since Square did SMRPG, they decided to throw a tribute to final fantasy of sorts in there for good measure. Great song I say.

As for the Remix, pretty good work all around, the standard for me is really high because FF4 boss music is probably one of my top 3 favorite vg themes, (the other 2 are final fantasy boss themes too...hrmm...). but DC13 has done a good job overall.

The intro ambience could have been....cleaner.....but conveys a great feeling anyway. The drum sequencing I have no beef with (actually pretty impressive), but it seems like he 'verbed the whole drum set, and that, for me at least, is a huge no-no. Verb the snare, maybe toms and cymbals LIGHTLY, NEVER the bass drum, but verbing a whole drumset to me makes it sound synthetic no matter how good the samples are (which they are great samples, btw). Again, if the whole set is not verbed and I am wrong, sorry. :oops:

I personally dug the chiptune interlude, especially because it isn't "authentic", per se. It has reverb, and is really clear, unlike actual nintendo music. So it's kind of like, an updated chiptune. while the transition into it isn't perfectly smooth, the outro back into the regular song is done very well.

Now personally, I wish he would have stuck with the one song, but his transition into another song (the name eludes me presently) is a decent addon to a great tune. Overall, transitions weren't on par with the rest of the mix, and some mastering/fx issues got in the way of a real saucy sound. But great work overall, and it does the original justice.

This one's a keeper. :)

-SM

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I can't believe people are actually UNHAPPY with the chiptune part, at 0:43, that was, in my opinion, the best part of the song. For those who have played it, don't you remember hearing this song, and just thinking "WOW", because this was before the days of Chrono Trigger. I don't normally post here, I just download the mixes and read the forums, but when I saw that this song wasn't being done justice, I had to jump in and say something. There are plenty of good remixes on this site, but this is definitely my favorite.

!?! Uhhh...This isn't Final Fantasy? Or...Is it!?

Go play Super Mario RPG, Then Fight the monster, Culex. This is his Boss Music also. Wow....That's frickin' cool. Final Fantasy 4 and SM:RPG have the same Boss Music? Well, Culex was an original boss on SM:RPG. Nice job on this mix though, all in all.

Sorry guys, but I had to chip in with my two cents again. The music you're thinking of from SM:RPG is actually there, but it was a camio from FF2/4, You remember the crystals from FF4, right? The ones you had to get to stop the end of the world? Yeah, in SM:RPG, you fight against them, as well as a monster which appears to be from outer space, and in FF4, you went to the moon......

Sorry, just had to say somethin.

~Lysander

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Culex was a boss from FF4(j), he made a cameo in SMRPG as the strongest enemy but not the end boss, much like diamond(?maybe it was one of the others) weapon in FF7. They used the FF4 boss music for that reason(as well as the FF victory theme and crystal theme afterward).

btw, since you apparently haven't played FF4...go find a rom of it or something you missed out.

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DarkCecil, the boss over the bosses is back with a mix for bosses. Did I just confuse myself?

A cool orcestral together with some techno, that must be my favorite genre I think. DC13 sure made it sound awesome anyway, so kudos to him. I got a little off guard, and then that MIDI-part at 0:42 stroke me, didn´t expect something like that in this one, but different to use some MIDI samples to improve the listening experience, has that happened before?

And then came the beautiful and calm part, a mix of "the lunarians" or the moon theme, sweet anyways.

And then it went back to the tempopumping techno/orchestral style again to finish off with a renewed "Long way to go" track. Mmmyesss, this is pure quality and a good deal of quantity in this mix.

Thanks DarkCecil13.

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Good choice of source tunes, but on the whole it didn't feel like a cohesive piece, nor was the production that great. I liked that chiptune bit, though, the crystal keyboards / drumming combo sounded pretty good after that. The writing after Fight 2 on the lone electric piano was good (original I assume? correct me). The marching percussion with the crystal keyboards sounds pretty good, although the sound idea could be produced better. So, there was quite a bit of good things in this piece, but it didn't really work as a whole to me.

--Eino

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Even though I love FF4, i'm sortof finding it difficult to focus on this one. THe transitions between the different themes are really abrupt, especially going into Long Way to Go. It just suddenly happened.

THere are some nice parts of the mix, like the solid drum writing, and the chiptune section was decently thought out, though it had a bit of a piercing sound to it, and not much in the way of transitions, either in or out.

So the pros are that the source tracks are great, and there are some creative flourishes and good drum writing, and the cons are weak transitions, and poor sound quality. Personally, i'll pass, but people should check it out and decide for themselves. :-)

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