The guitar is gone. I put in a pad with tremolo to try to fill the same role but in a way that kept more with the overall vibe.
Instead of a double chorus at the end, it's a single chorus, then a repeat of just the last line of the chorus. That shaved like 25 seconds off the song. I extended the outro a tiny bit, which put back on maybe 5 seconds but I think it still feels tighter over all now.
There's a little bit more going on in the verses in terms of the instruments in the background but otherwise I didn't personally really agree with this so didn't change anything majorly.Ryan wrote:I'm gonna say that the verses are pretty dull and simple
This is pretty infuriating feedback in a round where the challenge was to use chiptunes. I doubled down on the chiptunes here removing the only thing in it other than the vocals that wasn't chiptunes-y. Maybe that's my way of saying "Go f$#@ yourself"/"I agree with you that your criticism is not legitimate". No hard feelings though, Nur Ein judges gonna judge.Ryan wrote:I kinda wish there was less chiptunes in this song ... I know that's not a legitimate criticism
Ryan wrote:those fuzzy synths start to bug my ears after a while
I'm hoping some/most of those issues were just due to length of the song and lack of time spent mixing. The lo-fi chiptunes sounds all had a lot of crispy crunchy high end in them and I didn't spend a lot of time trying to tame that. I also did a couple little instrumental things to try to address this and provide some more movement and dynamics and less constant drone. (The main whole note chord pad synth switches to an arpeggio in the choruses, there is a supplementary pad but it has some decay on it that comes in quickly so provide some dynamics.)
Anyway, I'd love to hear some follow up from folks if they have time to give this new version a listen to see if any of those things are better for them now, or from first time listeners.