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OCR01664 - Guilty Gear X "Alpha Blade"

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Beatdrop knows what he's doing. Great synths all around and a solid beat. The lo-fi drums during the intro took my by surprise but it was a welcome intro indeed. Squelchy bass together with heavily reverbed and delayed synths makes the mix sound very big, almost too big at times in my opinion.

The stutter fills worked great and acted as a break from the huge soundscape that Dain built up. The leads had a lot of character, especially the one entering with full volume at 01:13. Interesting breakdown at 01:43, feels almost like a chiptune in it's nature. Heavily modulated synths all around, might be too much for some. The stutters that follow are pure genious and helps the "main part" at 02:25 sound extremely big indeed, the ravers would go crazy. Very dynamic arrangement.

While I personally think this remix is a bit heavy on the detuned synths with a bit too much delay and reverb it's still an exceptional remix that shows how to make a great trance arrangement and still keeping it fresh. Major props.

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This is some good stuff from Beatdrop. I've been a fan of his work for a while, and it's good to see something from him again.

1:42 is my favorite part. Nice trancey stuff, definately worth a listen.

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Definitely sounds like Beatdrop. A nice take on this Guilty Gear piece, however I think a different lead synth might lend itself better than the one I hear. Pretty good but it could be better for trance.

This DJ still waiting for killer trance on OCR.

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Energetic as it gets. Once again, Beatdrop shows the mind and spirit of a trance ReMix. I agree with some sentiments that the lead options could be revisited, but that's more of an explorative assessment than a critque.

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Just wanted to drop in and say this is some hot stuff, Dain. I actually thought it felt a bit short, but good nonetheless. Always awesome to see more GG representation (and more Beatdrop in general)!

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Man, I swear to god I've been scrobbling more OCR than is healthy. This is just another song that's gonna push the play count through the roof. If you don't have it, your ears are lonely for some Alpha Blade. :mrgreen:

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Didn't really want it to be straight-edge generic trance, since I've had a considerable falling out with the genre as a whole as time has gone by. Like zyko said on the panel, it basically fell right in line with some of the more standard styles that can be heard on 'In The Dark.' Heavily synthetic, difficult to define, and a tad on the glitchy side. It's like the sister of 'Azure,' one of the last songs on the album.

And somehow I always seem to make this stuff louder than all the rest. Like Rob Overseer.

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I first heard this one last night and it's been kind of stuck with me ever since. Great buildup with some cool scattered glitches, and when the main theme comes in, it's pretty exciting. I agree that the lead synth could use a little more body to it, especially during the chorus; I think doubling it with an epiano would have made it rich enough without losing the edge it has.

I really thought the segment where it glitched to be slightly off a beat, and then a second later glitched back was really cool. Maybe it wasn't off beat, but the entrance to the ascending riff wasn't at a spot I was anticipating. Very cool surprise.

Overall a really good mix and a very unique way to interpret a theme that I am very familiar with. Awesome work. :-)

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I commend you for remixing my most favorite tune in Guilty Gear X. The opening beat is rough and edgy, and that's enough to know it's Beatdrop material. Yeah, the high-pitched lead is very grating sometimes, but it doesn't clip and you can just lower the volume a bit. Beatdrop lives up to his name yet again!

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I loved In The Dark a LOT, and it's no surprise that the same vision and skill Beatdrop channeled to creat that album workds fantastically well in this mix.

Nice Work, Beatdrop. Even if you only ever made mixes like this forever, I'd still find them cool :)

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While BD can stand for Beatdrop, it can also stand for Bass Drum, which... ah, never mind.

Nice driving beat. Though straightforward, you still managed to make the overall package attractive. I liked the glitching at 2:11 - 2:24 the most.

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