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Anime Remix: Remix Detail - Distant Apparitions
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Distant Apparitions

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by: Ryan8bit | Xaleph

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In my quest of looking for music with a dark edge to it, this remix collaboration of Xaleph and Ryan8bit definitely hits the mark. This definitely has the Gothic feel to it, especially with the guitars throughout the remix. I'm amazed by how well it sounds. The chorus in the background give it substance, while the percussion is amazingly well done. The main rhythm guitar and the backing guitar are well done. I very much enjoyed this remix. Well done.

Excellent job to these fine gentlemen.

Masterfully done, reminded me of something Iced Earth would do.
The opening sounds really deceived me. Very professional sounding Electric Guitar work is a highlight of this piece. Nice usage of percussion, and droning Opera vocals. One thing that bothered me was a repetitive annoying beeping noise, It could just be my speakers? Recommended to any Metal fan.

This is a spectacular remix.  The guitar syncing is so clean you'd almost think it was fake.  The choirs go very well with the guitar work.  The song starts out mellow with some nice rain fx and general wildlife sounds.  He builds up to the main theme using an arp with occasional low notes dropping in.  The song unfolds beautifully with a very strong arrangement.  However, not all is well in the land of 'Distant Apparitions.'  At a certain point in the song I thought I heard some clipping.  I listened to the same portion repeatedly not sure if what I was hearing was some form of static, trace dry reverberations from a snare or actual clipping.  I converted the file to a wav and put it up on my moniters.  Sure enough, clipping starts at 00:34.08 on the left speaker and begins at 00:39.18 on the right.  I think I know what happened.  Xal compressed the entire song to exactly 0db.  Since the APL (Average peak level) is very high in this particular piece as well as the fact that electric guitars and choirs always bring all sorts of fun wavelength shapes to the table, the song will clip on bad speakers and poor soundcards.  Or, like in my case, a combination of the two.  To alleviate this problem, the song should've been mastered to -0.2db.  The percussion wasn't up to par with the rest of the song.  Some of the ideas implemented worked well (such as the panned crashes), but I had some problems with the patterning for the drum programming.  Carbster did something called 'Flattening'.  Flattening is a term used to describe drum patterning in which a sample(s) are triggered too much or too little to the point where the underlying pattern becomes less identifiable and lackluster.  I know this because I'm often guilty of this myself.  I like making my beats complex but I often end up doing too much with too little.  Don't do this.  Simpler is better 9 times out of 10 with percussion.  Also, the main snare needs to be turned up in 12khz's really bad.  The guitar work itself was superb 'cept for some high pitched spikes left in after the audio processing.  There were some minor technical flaws in the song but not enough to keep anyone from enjoying it.  Excellent performance by Ryan8bit and brilliant insertion or composition by Xaleph.

Anime Information
Vampire Princess Miyu (TV)
ann | imdb | anidb
  • Episodes: 26
  • Time: Half hour
  • Age: Teenagers (May contain bloody violence, bad language, nudity)
  •     Stranded in the space between human and demon, Miyu was born a vampire and charged with the responsibility of returning evil demons called Shinma to the dark. Being eternally 15, she yearns to return to the dark herself but not until she has banished the Shinma from Earth. And since her awakening, she remains cut off by the facts of who and what she is.