Spyro TEN (GBA)- Fellmuth (PRC112)
Jan 28, 2008 bundeslang
Chickenwarlord - The song starts.... I don't like the background 'bass' you used, it irritates at some points, especially in the beginning. The drums are too strong here as well. The middle part is not bad. The ending is a bit boring.
OneUp - Nice, but slow, start, I like the way you entered the drums in the song, they are very good. The song comes too live and it sounds very well, the drums are a bit too loud. After this 'living part' the song calms down in a nice way, the variation in the samples is strange, but I like it.
Conclusion: 3 PRC-Worthy entries with a good song length.
Jan 28, 2008 Chickenwarlord
The drums at about :49 in OneUp's screamed for realistic guitar shredding. The astonishing differences in plugin quality really killed it.
Despite having the better drums, OneUp's piece didn't have as much rhythmic interest or variation in the melodic lines.
Jan 29, 2008 Hylian_Lemon
Overdriven - Not sure what synth you're talking about, but I don't hate anything in particular here. XD I really like the drums starting at :35. I kind of see what you mean about getting lazy 1/4 of the way through, although I'd call it more like 1/3.
Jan 29, 2008 kylenin
Jan 30, 2008 Rexy
In terms of your mixing down I think you need to turn the recording volume down slightly, because I think I sensed instances of clipping particularly among some of the more active sections of the mix. I appreciate your sample bank well enough though, albeit it's more a case of getting to learn more of what you can do with it and I think you're starting to come along well enough.
CW - Interesting genre choice, but I think some of the execution seemed to be lacking (I would say write your own drums instead of midi-ripping those, it would make all the difference). I appreciate some of the additional melodic/rhythmic elements though, yet in spite of that things seemed to come off a little too conservative.
Again with the production, I can see you're using FL but that's not the big concern; it comes to trying to learn to use the software more effective and efficiently. If you haven't taken part in the FL Music Competition before, I say that'll be a good start to learn some fresh techniques to end up carrying over.
1UP - The off-beatness with the melody almost put me off on initial listen, but now that I think of it it seemed to tie into the rhythmic and pad elements interestingly enough. Mind me, going for synth guitars in a mix like this could be asking for trouble as it's hard to program them well enough; I think some more time could have been given to the rhythmic ones, but I think the lead wasn't too bad.
I think you executed some better sample work than some of the other contestants as well so that makes things a lot more coherent. Though, I don't know if it's me but I sensed a lot of bass in comparison to other frequencies here, so I feel that trying to re-adjust the EQs slightly would help add some boost in clarity upon the instrumentation. Still, not bad.
When it comes to the overall vote, I thought it was a tight call between HL and OneUp; the former had the better arrangement content and the latter seemed to overpower everything in the production department. So objectively, I've had to look at the pair of them and make my final first place decision on which one had more of the listenability factor, and I think Ben only just managed to succeed personally.