Had that strike of inspiration last night to adjust one track in episode 8, i added a bit of a riff to the track playing when the saiyans arrive so that the timing of vegeta's pod opening and the track's shift matched.
I also added some clips to youtube for you to preview, link is in the original post.
Cure Dragon 255 wrote:I dont like Faulconer, but I still need to say you are doing a great thing. because Kai's more accurate dub needs to attract more old school DBZ fans and this will help a lot! Kudos!
Damn that means a lot, thank you! I completely agree about how more DBZ fans need to watch Kai, I see way too many stick with the old dub simply because of the music.
KBABZ wrote:I'm thinking of doing a similar project to this at some point, only I'd place the Kikuche soundtrack back in with the selection as heard in the original Z, rather than the replacement score for the DVDs. What were the challenges you faced during this project?
That would be brilliant because I'm sure a lot of people here would want that since the kikuchi track was poorly handled by Toei.
Honestly, there are a lot more challenges than I thought there would be when I first started doing this, it's partially tied to how you score the tracks (I used audacity to put in the tracks and watched the video at the same time to match the placement) as well as your own standards. A big issue for me was having exact placement of where I wanted them and more often than not I'd spend an hour or two just moving a track a 10th of a second just so that it was where I wanted and it synchronized. I also wanted to avoid having tracks be repetitive, meaning one track played more than once in an episode or played multiple times in consecutive episodes, as was the case in both the original Faulconer score and the Kikuchi replacement score of Kai. Partly why I liked Faulconer is that it had a wide variety of tracks for most circumstances, so I could easily avoid this problem.
Perhaps the biggest, though, is how far you'll want to go and how much time you'll want to divulge into this thing, because I'm sure you're aware projects like these can suck the life right out of you and you can get lost in doing this project while not investing enough time in your work and personal life, so time management is crucial as well as pacing yourself. And, you're going to want to set goals with what you'll consider a final product because otherwise you'll just leave something and keep coming back to it and it will never shape up to how you want it.
That's pretty much what I can think of off the top of my head, another one would be balancing original intent with creative intent. When I started this project I also wanted to be extremely faithful to the original score, but when you're watching the same episode a billion times with the track you begin to notice whether a track worked or it didn't in some cases. Nobody is perfect, and sometimes the original placement is flawed. It definitely is the case with Faulconer, and you may come to a point like me where you decide to take a bit of deviation in placement. It's hard to be 100% faithful when Kai is cut differently than the original score, not just in shortening sequences but also changing the placement of frames, the mood of a scene, pacing, etc.
Some technical challenges I ran into were loss of sound effects, which I managed to restore most thanks to audacity (using invert on the sound effect tracks, I can go more into detail on this if you want). Also, some re scores I noticed didn't bother re-adding lost "thought" or echo vocal tracks, but you can easily replace them with the echo function in audacity, or if you have something better use that and let me know because I'd like to know LOL (I use settings .075, .65 respectively. Not perfect but its better than nothing). Also, you gotta balance between how noticeable you want the track to be, because it can sometimes drown out the scene or be drowned out, so playing with that takes a bit too.
These are a bit unorganized, I know, but I just wrote these down as I thought of them. Hope this helps. There are probably more, but I'll need some coffee if I want to dig deeper