Mario Kart 64: Koopa Troopa Beach [VRC6] [2A03]

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Mario Kart 64: Koopa Troopa Beach [VRC6] [2A03]

Postby SmartKid » Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:40 pm

Link to original song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXU9-w2Lqyk

This song has a lot of layers to it, and I couldn't include them all. I'd like to think I've somewhat captured the feel of the original, although I need some help with the instrumentation: the steel drum doesn't sound all that convincing, and I don't know how to make a bongo sound without using DPCM. (I don't use DPCM in any of my covers: that's just my style.) I'd really appreciate help with this one.

EDIT:
I've improved the VRC6 cover, with added bongos on the triangle channel and a better steel drum instrument.
I've also added my 2A03 demix of this cover, though it's still a WIP.

EDIT:
I've completed both covers, and uploaded them to YouTube.
(Link to Finished VRC6 Cover)
(Link to Finished 2A03 Cover)
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MK64 - Koopa Course [VRC6].ftm
With bongos and a better steel drum.
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MK64 - Koopa Course [2A03].ftm
WIP
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Last edited by SmartKid on Sun Aug 16, 2015 6:54 pm, edited 6 times in total.
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Re: Mario Kart 64: Koopa Troopa Beach [VRC6]

Postby Gors » Tue Aug 11, 2015 7:12 pm

the cover sounds good! I think that you can achieve a more 'steel pan' sound with this Duty Cycle Macro: 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1

as for the bongos, I'll study a way for that. I'd personally use DPCM but I understand your style

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Re: Mario Kart 64: Koopa Troopa Beach [VRC6]

Postby Dr. Merio » Tue Aug 11, 2015 7:28 pm

I just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this cover. I spent quite a few minutes listening to it the other day. Well done!

As for steel drums, I myself use a technique which wouldn't work with this cover, because it needs two channels to be executed. I'll let you know how to do it anyway: make a 2A03 instrument with the following duty macro:

2 1 0

Let's say you want to play a G-3 note with this instrument. Place a G-3 on one of the channels, with a P81 effect. Then place a G-4 note on the other pulse channel, but without the Pxx effect. The way I have used this sounds very convincing imo, although you must be VERY careful with note clashings when using this, because if the channels clash, it won't sound like a steel drum at all! Play around with Pxx effects to avoid this.

If you want to see an example, check this song out: Massive 8-bit Candy
You'll see this technique being used in frame 0D.

btw I think your cover sounds pretty good as it is now, but I hope this helped you anyway!
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Re: Mario Kart 64: Koopa Troopa Beach [VRC6]

Postby ollaxe » Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:30 pm

This is a nice cover! Some notes here and there are different, but it's nothing big.

I was bored, so I experimented with this cover, Merio's trick (and even modified it a little) and multichip, and this is the result:
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Re: Mario Kart 64: Koopa Troopa Beach [VRC6]

Postby Dr. Merio » Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:35 pm

HOLY CRAP DUDE.

That actually sounds pretty good! I think it might be a little too loud, so how about trying to tweak the volume sequence a bit?
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Re: Mario Kart 64: Koopa Troopa Beach [VRC6]

Postby ollaxe » Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:40 pm

Dr. Merio wrote:HOLY CRAP DUDE.

That actually sounds pretty good! I think it might be a little too loud, so how about trying to tweak the volume sequence a bit?
Haha, thanks! :D

I'll fix the volume in a few minutes, but first I'm going to edit in some bongos into the original, not multi-chip version.

Edit: Here's the bongo-version. They might not be the best, but I tried, at least. :)

Edit 2: Here's the new steeldrum experiment thingy. I lowered the volume of the steeldrum and added the bongos in here too. :D


By the way, I hope it's okay that I'm doing such heavy editing to your work, SmartKid... :D
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MK64 - Koopa Course [VRC6] with bongos.ftm
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Re: Mario Kart 64: Koopa Troopa Beach [VRC6]

Postby SmartKid » Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:11 pm

ollaxe wrote:...

By the way, I hope it's okay that I'm doing such heavy editing to your work, SmartKid... :D


As long as you don't mind me using your triangle bongos in my cover of Professor Layton's theme. ;)
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Re: Mario Kart 64: Koopa Troopa Beach [VRC6]

Postby ollaxe » Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:33 pm

SmartKid wrote:
ollaxe wrote:...

By the way, I hope it's okay that I'm doing such heavy editing to your work, SmartKid... :D
As long as you don't mind me using your triangle bongos in my cover of Professor Layton's theme. ;)
Of course I don't mind! Use them however much you want! :D
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Re: Mario Kart 64: Koopa Troopa Beach [VRC6]

Postby SmartKid » Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:38 pm

Speaking of my other covers, I have a lot of them on my YouTube channel (link if you're interested). Do you think it would be a good idea to repost them in this forum?
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Re: Mario Kart 64: Koopa Troopa Beach [VRC6]

Postby ollaxe » Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:13 am

SmartKid wrote:Speaking of my other covers, I have a lot of them on my YouTube channel (link if you're interested). Do you think it would be a good idea to repost them in this forum?
As long as you only post the stuff you're proud of, I think it would!
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