this thread serves as a way to encourage people (and myself) to do covers/transcriptions. if you make a new cover or transcription (must be completed after this post), post it here and i will comment on it and give you 32 boons (until i feel i've spent too much). i will give more if someone wants to invest.
edit: by doing this, i would prefer transcriptions by ear and for source files or MIDI to be provided but not doing either of those things is fine.
edit 2: you don't have to transcribe/cover a full song, i will give 16 boons for something under 30 seconds
i've been thinking a lot about doing some specific famitracker covers of songs i love; for me it's just a matter of finding the time, haha. i will try to start those later in the season when i'm not enveloped in summer chips
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2022.06.26 1:11pm :: edit 2022.06.26 1:46pm Kot liēkd this
i confess i have a terrible ear for distinguishing chords (no surprise! xD ) - i was about to try this one (a classic arcade chiptune actually! xD - not available at vgmrips yet, unsupported chip, or "chip"... (discrete logic?) ) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wql1DH8PYYU&t=76s - so, as a start, before trying to transcribe by ear, i tried to use anyconv.com (i think it runs waon from the server), and then opening the midi file on openmpt - https://pastebin.com/raw/ZJmTi2Ha (didn't clean it enough yet..) (the sample i used was a simple sine waveform 32 bytes long, made on milkytracker) (i'm sharing this just in case it might be an useful tool/workflow, who knows..)
distinguishing chords by ear is mostly practice both in transcription and just playing random chords on whatever instrument to familiarize yourself with the sound, though for getting unclear bass notes, you can use a steep low pass filter, and add some distortion if you're using laptop/phone speakers.
@nitrofurano the beginning of the converted midi sounded ok but after that it was a bit too messy to parse the song, probably melodyne would work well but that's very pricey. to me personally it feels like it'd be faster to transcribe by ear.
@thingerthing i didn't listen to the full original version but it seems like you added a good amount of detail to make it more "polished" feeling, like the sidechain kick in the 2nd half that changes the original character.
@tennisers indeed, agreed totally! i only started to clean the beginning for seeing how it sounds like, the first patterns - what i removed was those notes in octaves 7 and 8, which sounded glitchy - when we unmute the first channels, like the first 5 ones, it sounds like playing the most relevant notes - i was actually about to try both approaches and compare them
Everything but channel 2 was by ear, but I don't have a trained-enough ear to make out what channel 2 was doing at the start so I had to see what the GBC was doing for that one. I also had to make some minor changes to channel 2 to keep it from crashing abc2midi.
Not sure how good my ear is for those chords, especially in the middle section, since this is a recording from the 80s for an obscure-ish anime movie that doesn't even have a proper remaster for its footage lmao
For the... chorus? I chose to go with the guitar chords over the walking bass though I'm not sure if I like it that way
@tennisers: ABC is a music notation format comparable to MML or MusicXML, but without the syntactical overhead of XML. I use EasyABC for my transcriptions, but that's really just a wrapper for a text editor and some open-source libraries.
In fact, here's just the transcription of the last tune in the ABC file exported to MusicXML (much bigger than all 8 versions I included in the ABC file combined): https://1drv.ms/u/s!AjkP0-5MRkZS6Ehvo_4c5OsHaMMH?e=L1dd8P
Back before I got my new SSD, I made an OPS7 cover of the hangar and briefing themes (they are the same) from Ace Combat 2. I would gladly provide the MIDI if I still had it available, but my old HDD broke before I thought about preserving it (I am still quite pissed off at myself for it)
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2022.10.21 1:03pm :: edit 2022.10.21 1:07pm
I did a cover of Sara's Theme from Breath of Fire. Just stock plugins in FL. This was good practice for trying to pick out notes by ear with a pretty simple but nice song. I struggle picking individual notes out of chords and have to listen a buncha times lol.
i finished transcribing this a while ago into musescore piano. took me a bit longer because the reverb n the high piano made it hard to hear... i had to stretch th effort over 3 days, with bursts of maybe 20 to 30 minutes each day elapsing.
sorry for taking a while to get back to these
@kilowatt64 even though this is in the original arrangement as well, it's interesting how having a contrast between short notes and sustained notes can change the mood.
sounds like you got all of it, who did the original? the pauses are interesting
Completed a 2A03+VRC6 cover of All The Lights Went Out by Marcy Playground. One of my all time favorites of theirs and a hearken back to high school days of yore. I really loved the ethereal feel in the song and tried to capture that quality in the lead as well as the big distorted tremolo fades for the guitar. This was really fun to work on!