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FFVII March: Jenova

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Okay, so here's another "band" arrangement of another vidjagame tune, this time
J-E-N-O-V-A from FFVII (but you already knew that). I used a diverse set of soundfonts this time; normally with FFVII band arrangements I just use the FFVII font for everything but saxes and percussion (which would come from SGM180), but this time I said, "No. Those FFVII samples don't sound REAL enough".

Thus, here's the soundfont breakdown for all you FL Studio junkies:
SGM180 v1.5: Music Box, Orchestra Percussion
Sonido Media Monster GM: Timpani
Music Man GM v1.0 Bank: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba
Instruments Symphony: Flute, Clarinet

Overall, I like how this arrangement came out. You'll notice the rhythm is altered a bit, though the timpani plays the same since its hits are rather special to the theme. I also wrote a new tuba part since the Bari Sax can cover the low piano/synth bass line better than the big fellas in the Low Brass section.

Okay, that's enough of my ranting. Just listen to it! EDIT: Reviews would be appreciated. I hope the lack of note here wasn't what was stopping potential reviews. :D

Um... Also, apparently NG doesn't like having a long string of capital letters in a name, so the name's screwed up. :P

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I'm a band geek (Trumbull High Marching Band, in CT) and I was JUST listening to jenova, and thinking how awesome it would be as a field show. Then I pop on the internet, and boom, there it is.

That aside, I do have some thoughts. Like the guy said before, the flutes/clarinets are too loud. I play flute, and sometimes I can't even hear myself on the field, especially if I'm next to the drum line or trumpets.
As my band teacher says, layer the voices, just like the food pyramid. The bases should be on the bottom (tuba and bari sax) and should be the bulk of the sound, and the flutes should be resting on top.
The drum parts could use some improvement, although I'm tentative to say that, because I have no idea how to write music.
Turn up the vibraphones a touch, I can barely hear them.
The one thing that upsets me the most is the trumpet part, because they should have more, y'know, balls. But, again, I never worked with a music writing program before so I don't know how you'd improve that.
The call and response part (I hope you know what I mean by that) in the middle of the song, where the flutes make a statement and the trumpets answer, I think that you should have a mellophone instead of a flute playing the call part. And, if possible, make the trumpets sound more harsh there, as well. Whenever I listen to the origonal, the electronic trumpet part sounds like it's flipping off the more mellow flute part.

I know I have a lot of criticism, but I don't mean it in a harsh way. I enjoyed hearing this.

Joshy676 responds:

My soundfont choices this time around were awful, and I lost the .flp file, so I can't fix it. You're on the money about the sound problems, though.

I agree on the layering; that was a goof on my part with the mixing (ESPECIALLY the upper-shelf parts, like the flutes and clarinets. Dunno how I managed to put the vibes so far down).

It's tough finding brass soundfonts with balls. Well, I'll just have to EQ the hell out of what I've got. Who wants more low shelf? In any case, I tried very hard not to use extra horns (of the French AND Mellophone variety) in order to keep my hardware overhead down. However, I'm working on a "Jenova Absolute" arrangement much in the same vein as this piece, with a French Horn/Mellophone part.

I really don't know what you're talking about with the percussion, though. Is it the instruments' sounds or the writing? I thought the writing was good, but that's me tooting my own horn. I wanted more bass drum, though. "Jenova Absolute" should have that.

I appreciate your taking the time to review this, though.

Thanks for your review. :D


The only things I can really think to change wold be with the mixing. The flute/clarinet seemed a bit loud to me. Also maybe a bit more reverb on the master channel to blend everything a bit more. Other than that it's really just finding better sounds. You should google Squidfont Orchestral. I've heard people do amazing things with it. Great job.

Joshy676 responds:

I think I had Squidfont once before my computer crashed. I should probably find it again...

Actually, that's good advice. Thanks for your review, dude. :P

EDIT: Since getting Squidfont, this was VERY good advice. I only wish I hadn't lost my .midi file for this piece when my HDD crashed again. :(

8-bit awesomeness

It sounds like an 8-bit thing from the old Final Fantasy games.

Awesome. :D

Joshy676 responds:

8-bit? How can it sound 8-bit? I'm not using sine and triangle waves, here! :D

Thanks for your review.

I finaly find newer work of yours

i like this, it may not be hardcore but its still very good work and i hope you keep it up, i hope to find some very grand stuff of yours

Joshy676 responds:

Thanks for your review. It's about time you found my stuff again. :D

I likes it!

Joo did good! Real good! This has become one of my fave FFVII songs since I listened to it, and the march-esque feel adds a whole new level of awesomeness! Keep up the good work!

Joshy676 responds:

Thanks. I was wondering when someone would finally slap a review on this puppy. :D

Credits & Info


4.60 / 5.00

Jan 26, 2009
11:58 PM EST
Video Game
File Info
3.1 MB
2 min 17 sec

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