Posted on December 31, 2020

Despite not posting last month, I have made some progress in my project to do acoustic renditions of some of my favourite video game music!

Of note, I have finally installed Reaper, a DAW. While messing around, recording and testing the software, I realized that a crucial missing piece of my music vision was missing. I’ve mostly been focusing on the instrumentation of the songs I want to play, but never really paying attention to the percussion! Following this, I investigated some plug ins for Reaper that make adding a drum track really easy electronically!

As for the music itself, I’ve compiled a short list of easy songs I want to turn acoustic. These songs are intentionally really simple to give myself a soft landing so to speak in this new world of recording, mixing, and mastering. Here are the songs:

  1. Mario Kart 8: Animal Crossing Results
  2. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Objection!
  3. Animal Crossing New Horizons: 5pm

All of these songs are good starting places because they’re slow in tempo, have a limited number of lines, and for the most part have simple percussion grooves (making it easy for me to recreate them in Reaper). Also, there are existing transcriptions of these songs online, although at times the transcriptions are a bit incomplete. Regardless, this will help me A LOT in that I won’t have to transcribe everything from scratch!

Next month I hope to: 1. Arrange one song from the above list for my instrumentation 2. Practice the parts 3. Record and see how it all comes together in a trial run

Thanks for reading and see you next year (haha…).