Ys MIDI Collection

 

Review by · December 28, 2008

Classic Ys songs in another arrange album? Of course. You should expect nothing less from Falcom.

However, what you’re getting here is ultimately a dumbed-down alternative to the excellent “Perfect Collection” arrangements. Limited to the MIDI sound source, Sound Team JDK is forced to come up with alternative novelty to keep the songs fresh. And for the most part, this album uses tempo change and pitch range variation to achieve the desired effect. “Feena” gets faster, “A Premonition =Styx=” has its melody performed in higher octaves, and nearly every song has loads of synth percussion to keep the beat front and center in your mind.

The SC-88 arrangements are decent additions. I especially appreciated “Field of Gale” from Ys V. These are definitely the tracks you want to focus on. But, then again, there is a full “Falcom SC-88 MIDI Collection” album that would trump this album in terms of value, if you’re into the SC-88 sound.

I hereby relegate this album to “low priority” for Falcom collectors. Only completionists should go after it. There are far better arrangements from Falcom that you can find, for less money, in this day and age. So do that, and if you still hunger for more, maybe look into this album.

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Patrick Gann

Patrick Gann

Therapist by day and gamer by night, Patrick has been offering semi-coherent ramblings about game music to RPGFan since its beginnings. From symphonic arrangements to rock bands to old-school synth OSTs, Patrick keeps the VGM pumping in his home, to the amusement and/or annoyance of his large family of humans and cats.