Here are a few reviews from someone whose opinion shouldn't matter.
before we start here's my voting criteria:
-composition(if it's original)
-samples quality and usage
-does it fit with the level
here are the entries ranked and reviewed:
Slippery Scary Subterranean
Big fan of the composition, the melancholic tone fits well and has a great sense of progression. The mixing and use
of effects may not be as impressive as some of the ports but the creativity at play here more than makes up
for it. One small nitpick is those silly pitch bends, they're more of a personal choice though so I'll let them pass.
Overall I loved this port, please release it.
Author Guess: Samantha
A really creative track that fits the level perfectly, everything from the composition to the samples impressed me, and felt really inspired from the level. I especially loved the sample usage, really creative.
Overall I may be biased but I find original compositions more impressive than 1:1 ports, this is
definitely my favorite song for level 2
Author Guess: Lui
another port really faithful to the original. Some of the samples are an octave lower but I'm pretty sure that's for the best. I don't have much to say, it's a great port that fits well with the level
Author Guess: brickblock369
This is really well done, gets really close to the original.
simple in composition but complex regarding panning, adsr, and echo. The samples are top-notch.
My only criticism is that it's a tad too intense for this level.
Author Guess: 90% sure it's KevinM
while not a 1:1 port, it gets the spirit of the original doing some great panning, mixing, and adsr work.
The samples are also stellar and used properly. The cherry on top is that it fits the level really well too
Author Guess: Dispace
Pretty good port, I like the creative use of effects and light panning.
Despite the track using every channel
it sounds pretty empty, though, it may be due to the lack of bass in some parts.
Not much to say other than that, It fits the level pretty well.
Author Guess: HaruMKT
This is a really ambitious port for this contest and unfortunately, it didn't exceed expectations: it doesn't
try as hard as some of the other entries in this contest making this port pretty safe and inoffensive.
Still, it's pretty fun to listen to, especially in the context of the level.
Author Guess: Ultima
Echoes on the ice:
pretty simplistic track but really effective, a big fan of the composition and effects. One problem I have is the high-pitched sample, it kind of ruins it for me, it only takes a small portion of the track so it's not a big deal.
It fits the level well in my opinion.
Author Guess: Jead
this song feels really energic, it got me engaged until the end, good job!
The mix is one of the weakest points for me, some of the "side" elements of the track are louder than they should be
making me wonder what melody should I focus on.
The echo and panning are used pretty well and make up for the vanilla samples.
As much as I like this song it doesn't fit with the level at all, would be pretty great for a jungle/lava world boss though
Author Guess: Milon Luxy
A nice track with a good sense of progression. The mixing is decent but I wished it was more ambitious.
The samples are nice and used well for the most part but the drums and some of the piano bits are a bit too high pitched.
Fits the level well in my opinion, it's not too intense
Author Guess: radicaldawg
I can't exactly pinpoint what's wrong with the track but something's off, if I have to describe it it's a bit noisy I guess?
There is definitely a lack of bass and the samples are pretty low quality. Doesen't fit the level that much IMO
Author Guess: no idea
Mega man X4 - Magma dragon
pretty standard vanilla port with some ingenious use of effects and a bit too pale drums.
Fits more with a boss than anything
Author Guess: qantuum
Pretty nice composition, reminds me of Megaman somehow. The vanilla samples are used pretty well, the whole track
sounds like a more calm version of hooded edge. This will probably place low because there's so much amazing stuff
but I enjoyed this
Author Guess: Fullcannon
pretty good vanilla port. I really liked that bass. I would tone down the high-pitched leads though,
they get really annoying after a while.
Fits well with the level, so much so that it sounds like most generic ghost house themes, unfortunately.
Author Guess: icrawfish
decent I guess, didn't get my jaw dropped but does its job. The mixing is done pretty well but the vanilla samples
aren't dealt with super well, the adsr work isn't stellar and the drums need some boost.
It fits the level pretty well though
Author Guess: Gamma V
Generic 2010ish vanilla port, not really a fan of those. Especially with high-pitched songs like this, using bright vanilla samples isn't a good idea. The only remarkable aspect of this
track is the panning which is quite nice. A bit too sad and slow to fit with the level
Author Guess: bebn legg
the composition is pretty generic, there seem to be some mistakes with some of the length of the notes
the overall mix feels pretty low on the bass and lacks echo or panning which it would've definitely benefitted from.
A few samples were used and they're pretty good in quality, however, I don't think they were used well.
The song is a bit too intense to fit the level super well
Author Guess: no idea
I suck at ASM and AMK
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