jbltecnicspro informationNick: jbltecnicspro
Real name: Mike Wilson
Country: United States
"Ecco deserves better" (by jbltecnicspro, 2 Nov 2006) [4/10]
I really don't know what to say other than the MIDI conversions flat out stink. None of the General MIDI patches even come close to resembling the Sega Genesis instruments (and yes, with a little bit of experimenting, you can get a videogamey sound from General MIDI). Also, it's impossible to tell what unit this was composed on, though my Sound Canvas is able to play the MIDI's back with good balance. Overall, I'm disappointed with this. If I didn't have college taking up my time, I would convert the Sega Genesis music myself... Perhaps I will. Bottom line: stay away from this one.
Warcraft 2: Game rip
"Pure Gold" (by jbltecnicspro, 20 Oct 2006) [10/10]
Over the years, I have enjoyed the music of WarCraft 2 because the soundtrack is possibly the best MIDI soundtrack I've heard. Everything is spot on. The harmonies progress beautifully, while the individual instruments sound complete, yet they make up a wonderful ensemble. To experience what the composer intended, a Roland Sound Canvas is going to be needed. I use the SC-55, and I use WarCraft 2's music to show off my unit. For those of you who care enough, the original CD soundtrack was created using a Roland SC-88 "Super Sound Canvas." The SC-55 doesn't differ too much, but the SC-88 sounds MUCH better. To sum it up - DOWNLOAD NOW.
Azrael's Tear: Game rip
"Pretty Good Music" (by jbltecnicspro, 20 Oct 2006) [8/10]
Overall, the music in Azrael's Tear is very solid and evokes some melancholy, and enchanting emotions. It makes for some good background music. Like most games made for DOS that uses General MIDI, this soundtrack sounds best when using a Roland Sound Canvas device. I use an SC-55, and it sounds nice and balanced. Although the music is good, I do have a complaint about the overuse of vibrato in the wind instruments - it makes the pitch sound distorted at times, but this problem is very minor and does not detract from the score's quality.