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Also on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mUwzZ7liAw&feature=channel_video_title
So this was my entry for Dwelling of Duels' Free Month this July. (http://www.dwellingofduels.net/duel.php?dir=11-07-Free_Month&month=Free&img=free1107) I got the 9th spot and was criticized for bad production, mainly the rhythm guitars strangling the hell out of the mix, so I went back and tweaked the mix a little before putting it up in YouTube, let me know if it works better. :O
I originally started working on this for June's One vs. Many month, but this was like three days before the deadline and it became apparent when I was almost finished tracking that it wasn't gonna be done in time, so I passed it over to the next month, which was a Free Month anyway. This is from one of the best games on the GameBoy Advance, a jRPG called Golden Sun. Its soundtrack was composed by Motoi Sakuraba, the same guy that's composed for the Tales series. I owned and beat this game as a kid, and I remembered it having an awesome soundtrack. Definitely some of the most fun I've had playing a jRPG, too. I was excited when I looked this guy up and found that he's a total progger. :D This song sounds more like power metal with prog in the middle, though, so that's the sound I tried to go for.
This is definitely the best thing I've recorded so far, and this time I wasn't alone; my friend from SCAD Joe, a keyboardist (http://www.youtube.com/user/pumpkinking872), helped me out with the keyboard solos around the second half of the song, and we play a unison, too! My gear hasn't really changed at all (Ibanez Xiphos, Line 6 POD X3 Live, Macbook Pro, Harman/Kardon Soundsticks II, GarageBand), but I dialed new tones rhythm and lead tones on my POD for this song using my new Sony MDR-V150s as reference. They're one of the simplest, cheapest studio headphones you can find, but they seem to do the job. They're just a little boomy on the low end. I alternated between monitoring with the MDRs and my Soundsticks while mixing this song. And I've added a new member to the family: an Ibanez RG7321. About time I got my hands on a goddamn 7-string. However, I didn't bring it back home to Panama. I'll see if I can make a video to show it off when I'm back in the US and in my new apartment for Fall quarter.
In the past I've had videos where I play the game I'm covering a song from to accompany the music, but this time I simply took a video from a user called GoldenHeartNeko playing the boss battle this music is supposed to play to and edited it with my cover in After Effects. Here's the original video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jljcxYk3gI&feature=related @GoldenHeartNeko: Thank you for putting up that video! If you have a problem with me using your video just let me know and I'll do something about it. xD