Status Updates posted by PaulyBFromDa303
Sonic Adventure - Open Your Heart (POSTPONED, 55% complete)
"Frustration" isn't even the word for what I'm feeling right now.
Turns out I have to postpone this project AGAIN so that further, more extensive re-editing can be done
Which means we all have to re-record everything ALL OVER AGAIN!!!
I need a vacation . . .
EDIT: I'm not mad at anybody in particular, and those involved that happen to read this shouldn't think such. I'm more frustrated over the fact that I spent the last three months editing this on my own, only for it to be overedited and sound like garbage. But EVERYONE I showed the final draft to said the same exact thing, that some things are messed up and needed to be done over again. And I'm fine with that! I should be more positive about getting this done. But the fact that it's already been OVER 13 MONTHS and I keep having to go back . . . THAT is what's eating me. So hopefully, this time, it can be done right. The way this gets done is gonna change for sure. We got this!
Sonic Adventure - Open Your Heart ft. Cisconic & EkoNeo (100% complete)
It's over! It's finally over! Everything sounds as good as I think it's gonna get. But it sure is nerve wrecking, because I've got a plan
I will not be posting this right away, not today anyway. I still have to make the video version so I can post it on YouTube, because I'm planning on premiering this THIS UPCOMING WEDNESDAY NIGHT (10/21) at 6pm MOUNTAIN (5pm Pacific)!!!
I hope to see as many of you there as possible. RIght now, this date and time is the set goal, but it's subject to change depending on the rest of the crew, and my very own, availability. But this is the plan so far.
I can't wait, yet I'm so nervous. I spent so long on this, it's hard to say whether or not it'll pay off. Fingers crossed. I HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!! More details to come as they develop
Sonic Adventure - Open Your Heart ft. Cisconic & EkoNeo (99% complete)
Alright! It's the homestretch now! And it kinda doesn't feel like I have just 1% left. I still have a few clips left to edit! But I'm also doing the finalizing process with this track at the same time, just to get it out of the way. That way, the time it takes to get it ready will only be like half. I also found a friend who wants to put this to an actual video with After Effects, so I think he's gonna show me a few things about it for the future as well. All of my YouTube videos are kinda bland with a still image and text. So this will be a great change of pace, and I suppose if I wanna think of it this way, a great intro to a new era of my musical life.
STAY TUNED GUYS! I'm planning on premiering this on YouTube, and I'll have more info as soon as possible. You know, I just realized . . . this 99% completion really just represents the music itself, I wonder what kind of process this video making will be. Hopefully it's not too much of an ordeal lol
Sonic Adventure - Open Your Heart ft. Cisconic & EkoNeo (98% complete)
Finally moved in to the new apartment and settled, and I'm back in business! I've got just a few more clips left to edit, then the finalizing stage where I make sure everything is smooth and clear and free of strange editing cutoffs and clipping. But actually, I've been taking care of that part along with the editing. I'm all done with Cisco's clips, all that's left is my own. This should be over very quickly! I'm already promoting it, but still do not know when the YouTube premiere will be. That will be revealed when I know! Please stay tuned!!!
Sonic Adventure - Open Your Heart ft Cisconic & EkoNeo (97% complete)
Just a little more editing to do, then finalizing. I hope to have enough time to get this absolutely finished and online this month! After I'm done editing the remaining 8 clips (there were 53 total), I typically take about 24-48 hours and make sure that EVERYTHING is done and perfect. Of course, it never is, but it never hurts to try to make it as good as I possibly can. So close now!
Sonic Adventure - Open Your Heart ft Cisconic & EkoNeo (95% complete)
Back to work I go! Now that I'm no longer under the stress of finding a new place to live, I'd love to try to get this done before I leave this place at the very least. I know, things have happened and plans have changed, and I've been through a LOT just to get this track finished once and for all, but I'm still pretty ashamed its taken THIS long. I'm over the year mark at this point . . .
I've lately been taking a break from editing music, as well as most forms of social media. I had to go apartment hunting for the last week and a half because my lease is up at the end of the month. But everything seems to be in order now.
I hate those situations that are just out of the blue like that, but I learned that only by pushing forward through the stress can something simple be accomplished.
Back to chasing those dreams!
Sonic Adventure - Open Your Heart ft. Cisconic & EkoNeo (94% complete)
Quickly getting caught back up! It won't be too much longer now! I got a lot of work done tonight! I learned how to use the "new and improved" Audacity equalizer to really improve the input sound of the voice clips. Turns out my microphone ALREADY needs replacing, which is a shame because I used one half the price before and it came out better than the one I'm currently using. So at least I know it'll be inexpensive to do that for future pieces. Still haven't found any clips I need to retake, and it's definitely thanks to that new EQ.
Sometimes, updates CAN improve something XD
Sonic Adventure - Open Your Heart ft. Cisconic & EkoNeo (90% complete)
Short status this time, all I have to say at this point is . . . 10% MORE TO GO!!! 30 voice clips left to edit, and the finalization! Get ready!
Sonic Adventure - Open Your Heart ft. Cisconic & EkoNeo (88% complete)
Moving along with the editing, I took care of the hardest and lengthiest clips first, get the tough ones out of the way to make this whole thing flow a little more smoothly. Those of you who have me on Discord, or can see me on Discord, will notice I've got a countdown going in my status, how many clips I have left to edit (currently 36). There will only be a finalization process after that, and then I'll be ready to post it!
I wanted to show you guys something, Eko and Cisco have been working on a few things together while I continue this project. They did the Infinite theme from Sonic Forces together recently, and it would be super awesome if you guys could show them support as well.
I'm hoping to have Open Your Heart done in the next few weeks, so I'll be on it. Stay tuned!
Sonic Adventure - Open Your Heart ft Cisconic & EkoNeo (86% complete)
Well, I underestimated myself, the editing process is actually going a little faster this time. Out of a total 53 clips to edit, I already have 10 of them done! I suppose, that perhaps the experience I gained from editing on the file that corrupted is responsible for things going quicker than expected. Either that or I'm forgetting something . . . it's definitely a double edged sword when you get into the groove of things, so hopefully I can figure everything out before I release this and make it sound as perfect as possible.
Wish me luck! I hope to have this done in the next three weeks to a month tops!
Sonic Adventure - Open Your Heart ft Cisconic & EkoNeo (83% complete)
Alright, so I've now finished getting my re-recordings done! All that's left is . . . *gulps* . . . the editing. It's gonna be a lot of numbers work than actual music at this point, but I think things will go a lot better this time. I feel like my recordings couldn't be better, and hopefully I can do this without having to get retakes. Wish me luck, there's a few less clips this time but there's still about 50 to do.
Sonic 2 - Sky Chase Act 2 (9% complete)
Started a little side project tonight as I wait for better times to re-record my lyrics on Open Your Heart. I'm going with something very nice and smooth for this one, I want it to feel like you really are basically in the sky, floating around. Starting easy, getting into it later. I also want to (sorta) follow what I did with this remix back in 2009, my style was WAY different back then, which is also why I'm calling this project Act 2, for now, until I come up with something better.
I've got plans with this one. Oh yes, I've got plans with this one
Sonic Adventure - Open Your Heart ft. Cisconic & EkoNeo (74% complete)
Slowly but surely I'm getting my re-recordings done. I gotta admit, this recovery process is just more and more frustrating as I get deeper into it. I have just under a quarter of my vocals recorded again. I was able to find the thunderstorm sound effect that I used before, and fit it perfectly into the project, so at least that's one more problem solved. This is still gonna take a while to get everything back together.
I'm still deciding on a side project to start in the meantime
Sonic Adventure - Open Your Heart ft Cisconic & EkoNeo (65% complete)
I'm sure you've all heard that My older laptop pretty much got blue-screened, after what I thought was just a corrupted file, it was more like a corrupted hard drive. So after salvaging everything I could, and celebrating my birthday practically all week XD, I'm back to it and starting to put everything back together. I'm really glad I was at least able to get my instrumental files and my guests' clips. I will have to get ALL my vocals done all over again, and get ALL the editing done all over again. This will take a while. I'm trying to get remotivated. I might do a side project while I'm getting things together
Well, Open Your Heart isn't getting published. At all. The file corrupted and I can't get it back.
10 months of hard work, down the drain. I feel like I've just wasted a huge chunk of my life
Did you check the autosave folder of the DAW you were using for the project ? There's no way there isn't atleast a single trace of the raw work still left over.
Really sorry to hear about this, it's happened to me a few times here and there so I understand the frustration oof.
I'm not sure what is backed up and what's not. The good thing is that my guests' clips are easily accessible no matter what, but I may have lost everything else if anything else happened to the instruments. I definitely have to record all my vocals again.
I tried to restore it but it just came out with blank clips instead
Sonic Adventure - Open Your Heart (ft Cisconic & EkoNeo) (98% complete)
I can have this done within the next three days, supposing everything goes as planned. I've had a bit of a problem with single note waves that aren't evenly held, but its been a great opportunity to learn about blending waveforms together when an edit is made. Finding different effects to make things as smooth as possible, and adjusting volumes to fit in with the rest of the track without drowning anything out. It's like trying to juggle 50 lbs beanbags like an jester, but mentally instead of physically. At some point I realize that maybe I've been trying too hard with this, and things have gotten much easier with experience. I think it's pretty cool
I'm planning on premiering this on YouTube sometime in the next week! Keep you eyes peeled for more posts about it!
Sonic Adventure - Open Your Heart ft. Cisconic & EkoNeo (96% complete)
Getting ever so close to completion here! I learned that it goes much faster, once you get used to which uniform settings and effects you're gonna use to edit the vocals. Used to be that I would have to log every single action that I take just for reference. Now that I've got the flow of things, all I have to log now are the important time spots.Only 15 clips left to edit out of a total 52! But I still have yet to record one tiny clip . . . I might try to do that today but it better be real soon. Time crunch and jobs and all that.
I'm gonna try my best to get this done before the SSMB Sonic Musical Spectacular 5 . . . which reminds me, I still need to get my other entries in soon too.
Sonic Adventure - Open Your Heart (ft. Cisconic & EkoNeo) (93% complete)
Haven't had much of a chance to work on things this past week, what with the Sonic Revolution online convention and Sonic's B-Day celebrations. A few retakes needed to be made, on both mine and Cisco's end, and other than that I'm pretty much placing all the pieces in right now, like a puzzle, figuring out what's needed and what's not. I truly underestimated this portion of the project, editing is really the most excruciating part of composing. But I've found ways to make it easier from here on out, I had already kept a log of the steps I need to take that I used on other clips, at this point I can just rinse, lather, and repeat for every other clip from here on out to keep a uniform sound.
I'm hoping to have this done soon. It's definitely taking longer than expected. Please, bear with me here
Sonic Adventure - Open Your Heart (ft. Cisconic & EkoNeo) (90% complete)
OMG this editing process is so time consuming! It took over eight hours to get up one percentage point. Will I be able to finish before Sonic's anniversary? If I stay focused I definitely could! I'm definitely getting the hang of this editing thing though, I still feel like this could be my best effort ever! I've got a little more editing to do on the DnB instrumental itself, the guitars are edited to something cool, but I still feel like I could play around with them just a little more so long as I'm careful. It's quite the process.
Sonic Adventure - Open Your Heart (ft. Cisconic & EkoNeo) (89% complete)
Remember when I was working on this project months ago? I had to stop for a while and take care of a few other priority pieces, catch those other deadlines. During this time, I was able to find a new guest singer. You guys probably know him all throught social media, he has a show called the Sonic Tuber Podcast on YouTube, and he's done a few other animations, reviews, and more music. Ladies and gentlemen, CISCONIC!
All that's left of this project is the editing. This part is usually such a drag, but at least everything else to this point is done. I'm excited to get this done, but it's gonna take a lot of concentration. So here goes. This will be done soon!
 Sonic 3 - Let Me In (Marble Garden)
Track 102 // Length: 5:42 // Style: Drum 'n Bass // Speed: 176 BPM // Measures: 251 // Loops: 29 // Clips: 9 // Time Taken: 43 days
Original composer: Miyoko Takaoka
Lyrics written/performed: Pauly B
Sonic The Hedgehog (TM) is property of SEGA Enterprises
My special submission attempt for a community collab effort hosted by Chaos Creators, a yearly festival for Sonic community content creators! I've done this remix way back in 2006, and for a long time I've wanted to revisit this track and make a better remake. And, as usual, I tried to emulate a positive message in my lyrics. It's about how no matter how bad things can be, and whatever obstacles you may face, it's never healthy to bottle up bad emotions. This is why friendship exists, to see you through these hard times.
I've done a lot of sound adjusting with these, tried my best to balance out all volumes and make sure nothing is too overpowering. I used a lot of double-stacking synths to emphasize the melodies. That was probably the most difficult part of this assembly, but it came through with no distortion and I'm super proud of what I've learned about mixing to this point. I've also been learning more when it comes to editing vocals, becoming more accurate with each move I make (It helps to log every step you take in a notepad or document). I do still feel like there's something I have yet to learn, some sort of balance, but that's all part of the journey. For what it is, I do feel like I'm improving little by little each time
I do hope you guys like this! Never forget that there's always someone out there who cares! Thank you all for the listen!
LYRICS available on pages
Also, I wanna secretly dedicate this one to @Tarnish because I remember back when I did my 2006 remix for this level, just how much you liked it. Well, I hope this 2020 version is an improvement to you XD
Is it really 'secretly' if you announce it on the Internet tho? =P
By the way, I still have the 'full version' of the original with the intro that you couldn't fit on Newgrounds back then due to size limit or something, lol.
It's a nice update of the song btw. Now I'm gonna wait for your Sky Chase remake, as that's probably my favorite remix of yours. =P So chill and relaxing.
Sonic 3 - Let Me In (Marble Garden) (99% complete)
Vocal editing is almost complete! I'm taking an easy strategy of logging what time points at which words and syllables for better reference. It's been helping quite a bit. I've had a lot of practice with these in the past so I'm hoping that things ARE as easy as they seem, and that I'm not forgetting anything. I'm preparing to have this up and online within the next 24 hours. STAY TUNED!!!
Sonic 3 - Let Me In (Marble Garden) (91% complete)
Instrumentals are finally complete! All that's left is internal and vocal editing. I did a little bit while I was making the beat, but now I have to make sure everything is nice and smooth and sounds flawless as possible. The vocals will be a little easier than usual, there's only 8 clips this time. This is good news, as I'm running out of time. I only have a matter of hours left to complete this. Again, hoping for a little leeway, I hear as long as I have a "placeholder", i.e. the instrumentals, I'll have a few extended days to finish, which would be absolutely perfect, because that's the point I'm at now. I better stay focused