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#1 Shroud

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Posted July 2, 2019 - 09:31 AM

Hi all, as I am just starting to learn charting, I have decided to set my first targets to upgrading some existing customs which are missing parts, rather than go straight into authoring a full song by myself.


I am currently planning to work on the following customs. I've already sent some messages to the original authors to ask for permission (one already responded and agreed), but I am also telling publicly in case someone else wants to comment.


Jamiroquai - Cosmic Girl

link: http://customscreato...mic-girl-r17767

author: @bostengaable

missing: Vocals, Bass, Pro Keys, all reductions

also needs: tempo map fixes


Deep Purple - Woman from Tokyo

link: http://customscreato...rom-tokyo-r8943

author: @oscarj08

missing: pitch for vocals, Keys, Pro Keys


Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb

link: http://customscreato...bly-numb-r19808

author: @MaybeTowelie

missing: Pro Keys*, all reductions

also needs: guitar chart fixes


*according to some comments, there might be a version with these already


Let's keep in mind that these are still tentative, as I don't know yet if I am capable of doing anything at all :)

#2 TheSheepQueen

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Posted July 2, 2019 - 09:52 AM

Just some quick advice: Unless the person has been inactive for months, you're really better off waiting for all the authors' answers, as far as I've seen upgrading without authorization is sometimes not very well received ;)

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#3 Shroud

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Posted July 2, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Of course!

bostengaable has already agreed so I can start with his custom, even though it might be the most challenging one.

#4 Shroud

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Posted July 27, 2019 - 05:38 AM

All right, so I made my decision and my first custom ever is going to be:

Jamiroquai - Cosmic Girl

I owe it to my wife since it's possibly her favourite song :)

But in an interesting turn of events this will be an entirely NEW custom, not an upgrade. Honestly I was having so much difficulty upgrading, and I was foreseeing to change so much of it, that I decided to start from scratch. Sorry to bostengaable for breaking my original promise!

On the bright side, beta version (expert only) is almost ready, if someone is interested in being a tester let me know!

Here's the project status:

Tempo map: done
Drums: done
Guitar: done
Bass: done
Keys: missing done
Pro Keys: done
Vocals: done
Overdrives & unisons: missing done
Animations (basic): done
Practice sections: done
Beats/Events: done

The following will wait until after beta testing, because most of them depend on the expert charts or they require in-game verification:

Audio equalization/compression: missing done
Reductions: missing done
Harmonies: missing done
Animations (advanced): missing done (drums and keys, skipping guitar/bass LH)
Dryvox: missing done
Venue: missing skipping because the autogen is good enough

Given that the minimum content is almost there, I am very confident I can complete this first project :)
update: first version completed and built in Magma

update: tested, fixed, tested...

update: applying the last fixes

#5 Atruejedi

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Posted July 27, 2019 - 09:35 PM

Smart idea, upgrading existing customs. This'll wade you into the authoring waters. Good luck!

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#6 Shroud

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Posted August 1, 2019 - 08:13 AM

I am having problems trying to figure out the harmonies... in fact I am not even sure the background singer(s) are harmonizing at all or merely doubling the main vocals in the chorus!


Is there a harmonies expert around I can ask for suggestions?

#7 Shroud

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Posted August 7, 2019 - 06:18 AM

Well it's uploaded now, I've done my best in something close to 60 hours of work... "the rest is up to God" :D

#8 a2dmusic

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Posted August 7, 2019 - 06:42 AM

I do hope that My Woman from Tokyo gets a look later though!

#9 Shroud

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Posted August 7, 2019 - 07:18 AM

I do hope that My Woman from Tokyo gets a look later though!


We shall see... I also would like to see keys and pitched vocals added to that song because I'd like to play it myself, but I have learned that upgrading an existing custom is harder than I thought.

#10 a2dmusic

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Posted August 7, 2019 - 08:12 AM

Cheers for your efforts -- customs are a lot harder than one thinks til we're in the thick of it (as a newb myself), so I get it  :shobon:

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