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Dungeons and Dragons (VRC7)

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Here's the second song out right on Pixel Day 2020. I was mainly experimenting with VRC7 for the first time and the instruments are amazing. Talk about a lot of "Dungeon" songs amiright?? I couldn't find a better name, but at least the title pretty much explains the setting. Think of a medieval story/adventure.


Please note: I'm still kind of new to music (started half a year ago), don't expect this to be any good. Criticism is appreciated though.

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Sounds a bit morose and downtrodden.I like it.Gives it a pessimistic theme.Good for a gritty exploration/dungeon crawler theme.Though,it needs to be shaken up a bit with different effects.Maybe some echoes or a faint rain in the distance kind of thing.

baare333 responds:

Thanks! I’ll try seeing what effects I can cook up. I need to really utilize all that FamiTracker has. Experiment more with pitch shifts or something because I see a bunch of FT songs using them.

I see serious potential in you, the melodies in this shine amazingly, really do give me the feel you were going for. However, I got a couple gripes.

1: The music is way too quiet, you should consider using a DAW or finding a way to make FamiTracker louder.

2: Some of the buildups feel as if they go nowhere, the buildups are awesome, really. But they feel as if they go nowhere in terms of how they buildup, I expect a really awesome part right after the buildups, and I do get it after the first buildup. But it never leads into any part with new instruments or a solo or something like that after the first buildup.

3: Some of the sound uses sound off, don't really sound too good or just overall clash a bit. Only really one sound comes to mind, and it's the one at 00:38. It sounds somewhat off in comparison to the other sounds, it could be my personal preference but all the sounds build awesomely except that one. Although the way it's used at 01:03 is awesome.

Overall, I think there is some amazing potential here, get a DAW like FL Studio or LMMS. (If you can't afford FL Studio.)

Will be following, and possibly scouting you if you end up improving!

baare333 responds:

Thanks for the response! Here's my take on the whole thing:

1. The song is definitely too quiet, I need to look for a target DB range or something when exporting in Audacity because for some reason VRC7 (or just FamiTracker in general) makes everything too quiet. So thanks for your take on that.

2. I don't like buildups going to a generic electronic, dubstepy "release" or whatever the word may be (if this is even related). But I do need to learn progressions better and get into music theory more so I know how to flow songs better.

3. I have the same feels for that chippy instrument on the same part (00:38), I tried to find a good way to incorporate it but I'm sorry if it's off. I do think I need to change the instrument in general or just introduce it better, how it is sounds weird in the song when I'm working on it.

I'm really unsure about moving to another program like FL Studio (maybe LMMS because I haven't tried it nor heard of it until recently). While it does allow you to make music differently and in higher quality, I am already comfortable with the limitations and tracker-style of making music. The effects and editing from those programs might prove very useful though. I'll branch out eventually and leave my comfort zone, but for now just FamiTracker and Audacity.

Anyway, I really appreciate the criticism. I'm trying to improve off of any advice I take and hearing this allows me to keep a closer eye on things that could be off about my songs, thanks again! :D

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Score
3.89 / 5.00

Uploaded
Jan 23, 2020
2:58 AM EST
Genre
Video Game
File Info
Song
7.8 MB
3 min 25 sec
Software
  • FamiTracker
  • Audacity

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