Elemental Master - Credits (MnP99)
Jan 28, 2019 TheVideoGamer
For this one, i am going with Argle. It's actually tough, because there are some great entries, but yep it's Argle. Time to take it from the top.
KlevarKoopa - This one is great. I love the small stylistic changes, without ever loosing the original feel. The choice of synths are perfect, and the drums are awesome, complimenting the synths. Mix was nice and dynamic, and the bass was good. I also enjoyed the modulation at the end, compared to the original which stayed in the original key. Great arrangement, but i had a few flaws i'm afraid. I'm noticing a huge absence of distorted guitars. Sure they do exist in this one, but it felt more like a synth than a guitar. I'm not saying you have to use it, however without it, you don't get the raw power it was going for, and as such it feels empty. In-fact on second listen, the entire arrangement feels empty. The lead synth, sounds more like a background element, than the bulk of the piece. Maybe bring it close to the mix would be better, then it can add more emotion to the composition. Ignoring all the small flaws, you have a beautiful selection of sounds and a perfectly dynamic mix. Well done!
Trism - This one has the distorted guitars, and as such sounds realistic and enjoyable. The thing is, that's all the piece was made up off. Drums were not even barely audible, but i knew you introduced drums as i heard the faint hit. I won't go too much into it, because it's a bonus, but i loved the effort, and really do like your guitars. Great job!
Argle - Easily the best of the bunch. You nailed the feel to a T. Guitars were bright and preset, but not obtruding the mix. Great choice of synth sounds, really love the pad. Drums were beautifully mixed, allowing for everything to be locked in. That synth solo is on point too. The only flaw i could find from this arrangement, was the occasional clipping, but even then, it's a rather small one (Upon second listen i did notice an absence of cymbals, but really is that something that hinders the experience?) I honestly could not find many faults (And if i did, they were very minor). Well done!
Hoboka - Interesting choice of instruments. You somehow managed to keep the vibe, of what the composition was going for, but with entirely opposite instruments to how it was originally. It's rather odd in that sense, but listening to it, it does kind of work. Interesting drum work, it gives a rather dense, but not too loud mix. I don't know, the drums are great, but a part of me also thinks more could be done to it. The more i listen to it, the less i focus in on the arrangement, because i find the weird instrument combinations more amusing, than compelling. Steering away from the sound, and more into mixing. The main issue of the arrangement. Drums were lacking, didn't showcase power, which in this genre, needs to be enhanced more. The ethnic guitar-like sound (I think it's a sitar, but i can't tell, the mix eats it a bit), gets eaten a bit, at times, but at the same time, also overtakes some of the other sounds as well. Really i could tell it was clipping a bit. Don't take that to heart though, i actually really enjoyed your arrangement, regardless. Good job!
Silverpool - Out of all of them, yours is the most different. It's ok, to be different, when approaching VGM remixes, you don't always have to copy it note for note. Do be careful though, as this is meat and potatoes. So you will need to not steer to far from the initial idea. In this context, we favour interpretation over originality. It's nothing to get annoyed about, just a little heads up (I say this, because you have sped up the tempo, and replaced most of the sounds with chiptune sounds) Drums were great, and showcased more experimental sounds, than normal. The snare was interesting (Is that the Sonic one enemy attack?). The sound was unique, although it wasn't too appropriate (I mainly enjoy it, because it's different. I suppose it's each to everyone's own). The mix was balanced, but after a while things got a bit grating. The snare got a bit much for me, and some of the more rhythmic sounds got a bit loud. Like i said the mix was consistent, so thumps up, yet at the same time, it felt rather restrained in the same dynamic range. Nothing built, up to a climax, nor did anything stick out. Nice that you made the lead bright and present, your one of the few remixes, who has made it stand out it in this round. Don't let the bad bits, get you down. That was a really solid produced mix. Well done!
Jan 30, 2019 Trism
Argle - I loved the lead synth that you used for this; the 80's is alive and well with this song! The little breakdown you added in towards the end was nice touch as well.
TheVideoGamer - I fully agree that this track would be much better suited to a live band. I can see what you were going for with your entry and, given the limited tool at your disposal, you did a good job in actualizing it.
Hobo - I love that you tried something different with this, though the execution perhaps didn't turn out quite as well as it could have. I think the solo sitar by itself would have made a nice, stripped-down version of the source, maybe with some light percussion in the background. Certainly a great idea!
Silverpool64 - There's some samples in there that really don't gel with the track, and that's a shame because the lead and the bass you've used here sound pretty good. However the constant "whoop-whoop-whoop" throughout the track really detracts from the overall song. The final few bars show that the track has potential, but sadly the percussion is very distracting.
Jan 31, 2019 hoboka
J/K... Argle - Good production, life-like synths that I need to learn to make. Has a Castlevania Metal vibe to it. Plus you altered SOME notation, but kept it MnP. NICE!!
The Videogamer - that drum kit is a bit piercing on the high ends and the toms could use better samples. Didn't mind the E-guitars. Not bad.
Klevarkoopa - needs more PUUUUNCH! (falcon punch?). Nice samples. Cool synth wave vibe.
Trism - There's a lot of overcompression or something going on. The drums feel so pushed back. But those guitar samples are pretty dope. Especially love the 3/4 part.
Silverpool64 - Not sure about those bubbly woop woop pads.
Wow I noticed that there was very little notation alteration going on here. Except for Argle. He kinda blew us out of the water on this one lmao. But it all depends on who votes what. Cheerio~