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Video Game Jam / Back to work on my tabs...
July 16, 2007, 11:23:40 AM
Well, I'm finally getting around to working on some more tabs.  I went ahead and posted what I've got for a couple of them.  I'll have more stuff to put up later.  I'm almost done with "Romero" from Breath of Fire.  I've got it arranged in three parts and I'm trying to condense it down to two.  More later.  Have fun.

"Death Sea ~ Tower of Ruin"
From Chrono Cross
Composed by Yasunori Mitsuda
Transcribed by David Lowmiller

(Bass)       |                          |                          |                          |


To be continued...
"Jojo's Theme"
From Bahamut Lagoon
Composed by Noriko Matsueda
Transcribed by David Lowmiller

Guitar 1 (Flute):



Guitar 2 & Bass (Piano):
          |                          |                          |                      |


To be continued...
Video Game Jam / MTV Music Generator 2
June 28, 2007, 05:03:04 PM
Anybody ever play around with MTV Music Generator 2 for PlayStation 2?  It more or less turns your PS2 into a 48-channel digital recording studio.  It comes with over 10,000 samples and it's all you need to replace a backing band.  You can program it like a drum machine, add basslines, rhythm guitars strumming chords or arpeggios, etc.  You can easily create one guitar part from a game tab and play the other part along with it.  It will do almost anything, and has a nice set of built-in digital effects.  Plus, you can sample your own sounds if you can find the USB mic and recording kit for it.  It's awesome.  I've been using it for years.  Using a video game to create video game music.  That's beyond cool.  Any opinions?
I'm not sure if this is even related to this subject, but I know they make these off-brand console systems now that play Nintendo cartridges.  I've heard this is because copyright/licensing rights have expired on the Nintendo Entertainment System.  Does anybody know anything about whether or not they have these sort of consoles to play Super Nintendo cartridges, and if not, when they're going to be making them?  I've heard rumors from used game buy/sell/trade stores that it's only a matter of time.  Sorry for my lack of info beyond that.  I can find out more information about these "Nintendos" if anyone else is interested.  It'd be nice if they'd come out with these for Sega Genesis and Neo Geo cartridges, too.
Just curious.  A lot of game music is played on acoustic guitars, some on classical ones.  I don't own an acoustic or even an acoustic simulator pedal or anything.  I've gone from Jackson to Ibanez and finally to Schecter these days.

I use a Schecter C/SH-1 semi-hollow body or a Schecter C-1 Artist for clean tones, using the neck pickup (which happens to have replaced with a Seymour Duncan '59 on the C/SH-1, stock '59 on the Artist), with the tone knob turned all the way to the bass side and then backed off slightly toward the treble, played through a 15-watt Vox Pathfinder combo with the EQ (treble, mid, and bass) set to 12 o'clock and the reverb all the way up.  The C/SH-1 has a deep, bassy tone and excellent resonance, similar to a high-end acoustic electic in sound, but without the top-end harshness found in a lot of acoustic-electrics.  The Artist has a very Les-Paul sort of tone.

For the heavier stuff, like Mega Man and Castlevania stuff, I use a Schecter C-1 Exotic, using the bridge pickup (a Schecter Super Rock II), with the tone knob turned all the way to treble, played through a 20-watt Marshall AVT20 combo with the treble and bass EQ on 10 and the midrange scooped out (all the way up, though, for leads, which I sometimes play on a C-1 Hellraiser FR, with EMGs and a Floyd Rose) and the reverb turned down a bit.  Just depends on the song and style.  The faster you play, the more spring reverb tends to "blur" your picking nuances.

Anyway, I love my Exotic.  It's one of the best bang-for-the-buck guitars out there.  Mahogany body + flamed maple top + ebony fingerboard + massive pickups (seriously, the pole pieces on this guitar are TWICE the size of standard humbuckers) = excellent resonance, sustain, andbright attack.  These pickups sound a lot like EMGs when you play them clean and they have a ton of midrange kick for soloing.

The Hellraiser FR is about the only real choice Schecter offers if you need to do whammy bar work, in my opinion.  The C-1 FR and Damien FR use cheaper Floyd Rose-licensed tremelos where the bars screw into the trems.  They work, but they don't stay in tune as well, the intonation and action are a pain to adjust (factory-set Schecter Diamond Series action is a bit high for most shredders' tastes), and the bars come unthreaded and loosen when you start doing some Steve Vai on them.  But the Hellraiser FRs are great guitars.  VERY similar all-around to ESPs KH-2 Kirk Hammet $3,000 signature model (same trem, same pickups, same scale), except this one's a set neck and has a carved top, so it's more comfortable to play and it's thicker in the middle, so you get more tone out of it without pushing your amp into the red.

Anybody else out there play Schecters?  I'm curious as to what Chrono Cross acoustic pieces would sound like on a Schecter C-1 E/A electric/acoustic semi-hollow body with a piezo pickup.  So what's everyone else playing?

(Yeah, I'm pretty loyal to Schecter.  I'm gunning for an endorsement and I've got one foot in the door, already.  I'm not trying to convert anyone or sell anything.  Heh.  They're just great guitars and versatile enough to do all sorts of game music on.)
Tab Requests / Current tabs I'm working on
June 07, 2007, 11:16:13 AM
Here's a list of what I'm working on right now or have worked on in the past and still have partially done:

Brave Fencer Musashi - "Nighttime"
Chrono Cross - "Death Sea ~ Tower of Ruin"
Chrono Cross - "Star-Stealing Girl"
Chrono Trigger - "Sealed Door"
Chrono Trigger - "Secret of the Forest"
Chrono Trigger - "Undersea Palace"
Dark Cloud 2 - "Balance Valley"
Dark Cloud 2 - "Flower Garden"
Dark Cloud 2 - "Garden of Memories"
Dark Cloud 2 - "Gundorada Workshop"
Dark Cloud 2 - "Lunatic Research Laboratory"
Dark Cloud 2 - "Peace of the World"
Dark Cloud 2 - "Rainbow Butterfly Wood"
Dark Cloud 2 - "Starlight Canyon"
Dark Cloud 2 - "Starlight Temple"
Dark Cloud 2 - "Time of Separation"
Final Fantasy IX - "Awakened Forest"
Final Fantasy IX - "Kuja's Theme"
Final Fantasy IX - "Loss of Me"
Final Fantasy IX - "The Sword of Doubt"
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest - "Aquaria"
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest - "Temple"
Final Fantasy VII - "A Secret, Sleeping in the Sea"
Final Fantasy VII - "Flowers Blooming in the Church"
Final Fantasy VII - "Jenova Absolute"
Final Fantasy VII - "Off the Edge of Despair"
Final Fantasy VII - "On That Day, 5 Years Ago"
Final Fantasy X - "Cloister of Trials"
Final Fantasy X - "Path of Repentance"
Final Fantasy X - "Silence Before the Storm"
Final Fantasy X - "Someday the Dream Will End"
Final Fantasy X - "To Zanarkand"
Final Fantasy X - "Wandering Flame"
Final Fantasy X - "Yuna's Theme"
Final Fantasy X-2 - "Eternity ~Memory of Lightwaves~"
Golden Sun - "Lalivero"
Grandia II - "Despair and Hope"
Illusion of Gaia - "Ending 1"
Illusion of Gaia - "Legacy of the Ancients"
Illusion of Gaia - "Shipwrecked"
Illusion of Gaia - "Will's Dream of the Future"
Jade Cocoon 2 - "Holy Ground"
Jade Cocoon 2 - "Merchant"
Jade Cocoon 2 - "Traveler"
Legend of Mana - "Aid"
Legend of Mana - "Bonded by Soul"
Legend of Mana - "City of Flickering Destruction"
Legend of Mana - "Depression Blues"
Legend of Mana - "Nocturne"
Legend of Mana - "Nostalgic Song"
Legend of Mana - "Places of Soul"
Legend of Mana - "The Great Virtue of Gathering Mana's Spirit"
Radical Dreamers - "Epilogue"
Radical Dreamers - "Music Box"
Radical Dreamers - "One Summer Day"
Radical Dreamers - "Strange Presentiment"
Radical Dreamers - "Star Stealing Girl"
Radical Dreamers - "The Frozen Flame"
SaGa Frontier 2 - "Thema"
Secret of Evermore - "Mini-Boss"
Secret of Mana - "A Boy Aims For Wild Fields"
Secret of Mana - "Fear of the Heavens"
Secret of Mana - "I Won't Forget"
Secret of Mana - "Kind Memories"
Secret of Mana - "Rose and Ghost"
Seiken Densetsu 3 - "Angel's Fear"
Seiken Densetsu 3 - "Another Winter"
Seiken Densetsu 3 - "Breezin'"
Seiken Densetsu 3 - "Delicate Affection"
Seiken Densetsu 3 - "Evening Star"
Seiken Densetsu 3 - "Innocent Sea"
Seiken Densetsu 3 - "Innocent Water"
Seiken Densetsu 3 - "Where Angels Fear to Tread"
Suikoden - "Theme of a Moonlit Night"
Super Castlevania IV - "The Caves"
Super Metroid - "Maridia 2"
Tales of Phantasia - "As Time Goes On"
Tales of Phantasia - "Be Absentminded"
Tales of Phantasia - "Desolate Road"
Tales of Phantasia - "Sylphs' Mountain"
Tales of Phantasia - "The Stream of Time"
Terranigma - "Elle"
Terranigma - "Hometown"
Terranigma - "Lhasa ~ Village of Enlightenment"
Terranigma - "Sealed"
Terranigma - "The Underworld"
Treasure of the Rudras - "Intro"
Valkyrie Profile - "All Is Twilight"
Valkyrie Profile - "Behave Irrationally"
Xenogears - "Sorrow"
Xenosaga - "Warmth"

Yeah, I know that's a big list.  I have a habit of starting and not finishing things.  But some are pretty much complete.  If anyone is interested in any of these, let me know and I can try to speed up my work and/or send you my partial tab.  I can pretty much assure the tabs will be accurate and complete.  I'm transcribing these from the original scores and sheet music as much as possible.  Most are being arranged as guitar duets.  Anyway, that's about it for now.
Tab Requests / Tab Requests
June 06, 2007, 05:05:50 PM
Here's a few tabs I'd like to see:

Castlevania 2: Belmont's Revenge - "Cloud Castle" (Gameboy)
Castlevania 2: Belmont's Revenge - "Crystal Castle" (Gameboy)
Castlevania 2: Belmont's Revenge - "Plant Castle" (Gameboy)
Castlevania 2: Belmont's Revenge - "Rock Castle" (Gameboy)
Final Fantasy Legend 2 - "Save the World" (Gameboy)
Final Fantasy V - "Battle With Gilgamesh" (Super Nintendo)
Megaman X - "Spark Mandrill" (Super Nintendo)
Parasite Eve - "Aya's Theme" (PlayStation)

All of these would translate well into hard rock/metal guitar pieces.  I have sheet music for a few of these, if anyone's interested.  I've been working on a number of tabs and have a few completed ones I'll contribute as soon as I can find the time.  Good luck!