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#1 Dr_Nekronimus

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Posted July 11, 2020 - 03:12 AM

Hey everyone, this is Dr. Nekronimus here. First of all, thank you for taking the time to read this thread! 

 

I'm still a newbie when it comes to charting in general (at the time of writing this, I've only started about a week ago!), but I'm looking forward to finally make some quality custom songs. Over time, I'll be updating this thread with some potential ideas for new songs to chart. Below, you'll see all of my song ideas sorted into groups: songs I have already started working on, songs that I probably want to do sometime in the future, songs that are mostly finished and am playtesting, and any initial releases of songs. 

 

Songs I Have Already Started:

  • Run the Jewels - Call Ticketron

 

Future Song Ideas:

  • Butthole Surfers - Cough Syrup
  • Devo - Blockhead
  • Devo - Secret Agent Man
  • Devo - The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprize

 

Playtesting:

Initial Releases: 

  1. Dr. Nekronimus - Fashionista (https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing)  

 

Thank you all, and stay legend. 



#2 Dr_Nekronimus

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Posted July 12, 2020 - 12:32 AM

Update 7/11/2020:

 

Added a song to the started list (Call Ticketron), added a song (Cough Syrup) to the future ideas list, took one song out



#3 kyrosa

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Posted July 12, 2020 - 02:34 AM

When I was playtesting Fashionista, a lot of the notes felt off, so I pulled it up in Reaper and I'm pretty sure your backing track is misaligned by about an eight of a beat. I'd go and make sure your downbeat is actually falling in line with the grid. It was making the fast hammered guitar part impossible for me to play.

 

On your drum part, I noticed you have the clap charted to to red gem, which is usually reserved for snares. If it were me, I might change the claps to a vocal percussion section and have the drum part just be the kick + hat triplets. That way you can really focus on making an interesting rhythm part based around alternating yellow and blue cymbal gems. Just my opinion, though.

On that note, it seems like the drum part is only about half-finished? I feel like there's meant to be the hat triplets going throughout the song, but they cut out about a third of the way through.

 

Besides that, the chart seems just fine to me. The guitar, bass, and key parts all stand out from each other and are very consistent. Plus, it's just a fun little bouncy song that works better than I thought it would in Rock Band. Definitely good for a first attempt. Keep up the good work!



#4 Dr_Nekronimus

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Posted July 12, 2020 - 04:37 AM

When I was playtesting Fashionista, a lot of the notes felt off, so I pulled it up in Reaper and I'm pretty sure your backing track is misaligned by about an eight of a beat. I'd go and make sure your downbeat is actually falling in line with the grid. It was making the fast hammered guitar part impossible for me to play.

 

When you say "backing track", do you mean the song audio, the beat track, or the tempo map? I playtested the song on both my Wii U and CH and it didn't seem offset to me. Double checked REAPER and the audio seems to be snapped properly and the beat track looks fine. Could you show a picture or something to explain this further? 

 

 

On your drum part, I noticed you have the clap charted to to red gem, which is usually reserved for snares. If it were me, I might change the claps to a vocal percussion section and have the drum part just be the kick + hat triplets. That way you can really focus on making an interesting rhythm part based around alternating yellow and blue cymbal gems. Just my opinion, though.

On that note, it seems like the drum part is only about half-finished? I feel like there's meant to be the hat triplets going throughout the song, but they cut out about a third of the way through.

 

The claps serve the same purpose a snare normally would, right? At least that's what I intended. 

 

I'm assuming you're referring to the "verses" where the hats cut out? I wasn't too sure about what to do for those parts. If I charted them literally (basically transferring the notes from my original project file to the RB format), I feel like the closed hats would have seemed too awkward to play since some notes overlap. It just made more sense to keep it as an open hat/clap pattern, but I could be wrong of course.  



#5 kyrosa

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Posted July 12, 2020 - 05:22 AM

Sorry, I was mistaken about backing track being off. My bad there, you're fine.

 

As for the rest, it's definitely your call on how you want to do it. Obviously the problem with trying to chart anything done with a drum machine is that you're going to have to lose some elements to be able to play it with only two hands. My personal feeling is that if you de-emphasized the claps, you could focus more on giving the drummer an interesting alternating left hand/right hand pattern to play using the two cymbals.

 

For example, starting around measure 47, you've got a section that's the kick, clap, and blue cymbal, right? I hear a lot of times where the cymbal should be playing 16th notes, but you've got 8th notes charted. Maybe try adding a few of those 16ths back in, then figuring out a pattern that works two-handed, adding in the claps to spice it up when you can?

 

Again, this is just my personal feelings, and I'm pretty new at all this, too. Plus, I'm awful at drums, so it's entirely possible that any suggestions I make might just make the song less fun. Trust your gut, you wrote the song after all, so you know how it should 'feel' more any anyone.



#6 Dr_Nekronimus

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Posted July 14, 2020 - 10:27 PM

Update 7/14/2020:

 

  • Reworded the OP
  • Added 3 Devo songs (Blockhead, Secret Agent Man, and The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprize) to the Future Ideas list
  • Took Fashionista out of Playtesting and into its Initial Release!


#7 Dr_Nekronimus

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Posted July 19, 2020 - 08:40 PM

Update 7/19/2020:

 

  • Took out Known For It from the Started category and placed it into Playtesting.

 

If anyone sees any obvious problems with Known For It, be sure to let me know. I am still new to this whole thing after all. 

 

Also, there are no vocals for the time being since I don't exactly feel comfortable doing them just yet. Stay tuned for any updates though. 






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