Gunslinger: Retro Rider

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Welcome to the 8-bit Wild West. Kick off yer boots 'n sit a spell.

Harmony and melody lines, as well as the bass, were all made with 3x Osc. A few plugins were added for dramatic effect. Nothing too long or complex, but heyโ€”it was fun to make.

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I love the melodies. The main one is super catchy. The key change is a nice addition. I like the instrumentation, though it all sounds more or less conventional. The panning on everything feels perfect. The only thing I disliked is that the drum beats felt slow at times compared to what I felt the pace of the track should have been.

ChronoNomad responds:

Thanks for the solid feedback, BlueOceans! Since I enjoy doing these kinds of tracks quite a bit, I decided to try my hand at one that was solidly of the Chiptune variety for a change. That said, it's a pretty simple premise, though I tried to spice it up a bit and make it my own.

I'm happy to hear that the panning comes across well in the mix, but I can understand why you felt the percussive rhythm was a bit slower than the rest of the piece since that was intended. While I made it more downtempo on purpose, that doesn't mean that it will jive with everyone else's sense of musical style.

Sometimes I like sparser drums, but it seems that a lot of folks prefer a more driving beat. However, if the beat is constantly driving, there's no real increase or release of percussive tension, so I do my best give to create some semblance of balance. Of course, with the highly subjective nature of music, others will always hear their own musical ideas and visions. But hey, that's kind of the beauty of music!

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, my friend. Your thoughts are always appreciated.

Haha the only other chron on the site :P

thisis actually a rather cute and odd melody - I like it! I like your use of reverb on the main melody and how your supporting melodies are on the side - a good stereo spacing for sure.

1:10 slows it down a bit.. perhaps a bit TOO much - at this point the main melody starts to hurt my ears haha - one of the gambles of placing anything solitary right in the center - it stabs the brain lol..

pretty good though!


ChronoNomad responds:

And yet there are like a million DJ-something-or-others out there! Go fig. xD

Heh, thanks! Cute and odd certainly fits. It was a fun little experiment in 3xOsc, and while I'm sure it's far from my best, it was a blast to make. Really glad to hear that the stereo spacing and reverb action are solid.

Yeah, but unfortunately my test audience was complaining about the fast pacing and asking for a slower, sparser section to ease the tension. I was personally fine with the overall pace, but...ah, well. I suppose that's what I get. Apologies for any permanent brain damage. lol

Pretty good is, well...pretty good! I really appreciate the review.

I really like it, it just seems a bit flat. Like I am listening in mono or something, which to be clear, I am not. I like the tune, its really enjoyable and you've done a great job getting it out there, I feel like it is just missing a bit of depth, but that could just be a symptom of the whole 8bit theme.

ChronoNomad responds:

Yeah, there's actually a fair amount of stereo action going on, including constant movement of the galloping progressions. Admittedly, much of the stereo separation is relatively equal from left to right, so the effect would ultimately be a bit subtler, which was intended. The percussive instruments, however, cover a wider stereo field and tend to move from one area to another in a much more obvious way.

Eh, you try stuff. Sometimes it pans out (accidental pun), sometimes not. Regardless, your review is thoroughly appreciated. Thanks for listening!

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4.10 / 5.00

Apr 20, 2018
12:34 PM EDT
Video Game
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5.1 MB
2 min 14 sec

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