FFX - Seymour + Challenge (PRC435)
Wassup T: The mix of fonts hits me with a load of nostalgia, but you've made something that doesn't quite belong in any of the sources. It is BUMPIN. You made some real cool changes and additions which nicely flesh out the rapidly changing piece. I do think you change instruments a little too fast between parts, it would sound ore unified if some fonts carried over between sections. But this thing is fun.
TVG: Really love all the subtle changes you made with the bassline and such. Always love your perc work. The melody in some of the shorter sections feels a tad buried, but even then the supporting work is great.
Ok this one is a short one, so i should be able to breeze through. After thinking, i think Souperion should get the win. Let's gooo.
Souperion - Great orchestral intro, really loved that build, really adds to the dramatic title screen esq feel. This source is very dynamic, so it can work in a lot of genres, from electronica to orchestral music, as you've done here. String work is lovely, really love how it all flows. Really nice changes in general, you managed to really capture the spirit of Final Fantasy while also keeping in line with the classical music leanings. It's lovely. The only critique i could give, is that there isn't much low-end, in terms of bass or drums. It also seems way too reliant on strings, and all the brass/winds get a little...masked is probably the word, but at the end, the brass comes to life a bit more, so my point is a little skewed. It's really just low-end i'm missing, because everything is soo great. If i were to suggest something else, i would do a small bit of polish, but that's just a very minor one. Everything sounds lovely, great job on the arrangement, sounds very much like an orchestra would. Well done!
Wassup Thunder - Interesting idea to go for a soundfont approach. It sounds almost like what i've done, except mine was made on the Genesis. Souperion should have made a NES arrangement, then all of it would have come together lol. The 3 systems of the 90s eh? In all seriousness though, you've picked some very cool instruments, especially in the strings, this is where all the magic is, it really sounds good. The drums personally, need to be swapped entirely. I don't know if you know a game called Art of Fighting, but they have some huge drums. That's kind of what i'm feeling, this could really enhance the track a lot. I mean it sounds fine as is, and that's ok, but the drums really are the biggest improvement, as the rest sound fine. Great string work though, the soundfonts really work for string and brass. As a whole, lovely arrangement, really liked what you've done. All in all, well done!
Final Fantasy on the Genesis
I Don't Care What You Are
TheVideoGamer - Much energy, liked the variation and drum and bass work.
Souperion - Nice orchestral version
Wassup Thunder - Much variation in this one, enjoyed the stuff on the background.
I always feel a lil awkward voting when there's only three of us 😅.
I like how your orchestral arrangement translates the source from a boss fight to something kinda like an opening overture! A number of subtle changes give it a sweeping feel unique to the original. Great melodic variations, (I swear, I say melodic variations too much.) giving your personal spin on the parts. And someone's having a lot of fun with string arpeggios I see XD Great piece!
Man, does this make me nostalgic for some good ol' Sonic games! That bass brought me such nostalgic joy, and it does a great job carrying the composition along. This really brings out the dancey elements of the source. Real nice mastering and mixing, like Genesis remastered! And I loved your drum work at the end. Nice work!