Songs of the Week and Weekly Update 5/13/2022

Welcome to another Song Release and Weekly Update for May!

All files within the Ooga-Booga Special Batch have been judged. The judges are now starting to look over files submitted to the Jan/Feb 2022 batch and the Event Tokens batch.

StepCon 2022 has concluded with the final voting phase over with. The 1st – 3rd place winners of the Final StepOff are Psychotik, M0nkeyz and DarkZtar! Many thanks to everyone that participated and voted, and a huge congrats to all of the winners! To those who earned them, keep an eye out for your StepCon 2022 profile badge coming soon.

Next big announcement is that the sign-ups for the 15th Official Tournament will be opening today! These sign-ups will be open until the end of June, with the tournament itself beginning on July 1st. A thread will be made with all of the details as usual. We’ll also update this post with links when that time comes.

Better start derusting because it will be here before you know it!

The 2 veteran files we have for you today are:

Neon Dream
Musician: Artificial Fear
Step Artist: jh05013
Song Length: 2:59
Difficulty: 60

Ready To Fall
Musician: Rise Against
Step Artist: storn42
Song Length: 3:41
Difficulty: 60

And for Non-Veteran players, these songs have went public:

Arranging Matches
Musician: Teetow
Step Artist: M0nkeyz
Song Length: 1:05
Difficulty: 65

Mike French Hardcore Custom
Musician: m1n1on133
Step Artist: mi40
Song Length: 1:13
Difficulty: 94

Enjoy!

-DossarLX ODI, the Game Management Team, and the Community Managers

Songs of the Week and Weekly Update 5/6/2022

Welcome to the first Song Release and Weekly Update for May! Last week’s release on April 29th featured 5 songs from the Stepcon, each from 1st place winner in each class; those songs were available immediately so no public releases today. One of our songs for today is an older one, but an FFR first for the artist who is also a longtime resident of ours!

StepCon 2022 is coming closer to an end. The Final StepOff voting period starts today and lasts until 11:59 PM on May 12th. This time you’ll be voting for the best file created by one of the winners from the previous round. Just like the first voting period, anyone can vote. Check the thread for details and get your vote in! Good luck to the participants!

Also a reminder that the 15th Official Tournament batches are on their last month of being open. (Closing date is May 31st.) Please consider submitting if you haven’t already!

The 2 veteran files we have for you today are:

Arranging Matches
Musician: Teetow
Step Artist: M0nkeyz
Song Length: 1:05
Difficulty: 65

Mike French Hardcore Custom
Musician: m1n1on133
Step Artist: mi40
Song Length: 1:13
Difficulty: 94

For those of you that were around during the 2008/2009 era, Minami Ikebukuro Hardcore Custom (MIHC) was a stepchart known for its 32nd trills at 202 BPM in the middle section. Mike French Hardcore Custom was a parody of that track, providing a shorter version without the jumpstream that MIHC had. This is mi40′s take on Mike French Hardcore Custom without the 32nd trills.

Enjoy!

-DossarLX ODI, the Game Management Team, and the Community Managers

Songs of the Week and Weekly Update 4/29/2022

Welcome to the last Song Release and Weekly Update for April! We have a special release this time around of 5 songs, each song coming from one of the classes from the StepCon. You can see the 1st place Class winners for each of these songs in the previous news post.

Before we get to the new files (and a few new artists!), just a couple quick reminders on some current events. March/April 2022 and Ooga-Booga Special Batch will be closing in a couple days on May 1st. There’s also one week left in the final submission phase for StepCon 2022!

The 5 StepCon files we are making public today are:

Passing You By
Musician: DDRKirby(ISQ) feat. Aivi Tran
Step Artist: trumaestro
Song Length: 2:10
Difficulty: 71

If You Can’t Hang
Musician: Sleeping With Sirens
Step Artist: DarkZtar
Song Length: 2:56
Difficulty: 70

From an artist biography at AllMusic:

“Falling on the more melodic side of the post-hardcore world, Florida’s Sleeping with Sirens create a whirlwind of emotion with their yearning and aggressive blend of metal and emo influences. Formed in 2009, Sleeping with Sirens — featuring vocalist Kellin Quinn, guitarists Jack Fowler and Jesse Lawson, bassist Justin Hills, and drummer Gabe Barham — quickly caught the attention of metalcore label Rise Records, which signed them and released their debut record, With Ears to See, And Eyes to Hear, in 2010.”

Homepage | SpotifySoundCloudYouTubeTwitterInstagram | Facebook

Koneko’s Cafe
Musician: Cynax
Step Artist: Gradiant
Song Length: 3:30
Difficulty: 56

Excerpt from a Sept, 2021 interview at Tiny Waves:

“Growing up, my father was always into electronic and rock music, and as I began to explore my own tastes in genres, music became a way for us to bond. Music has since become a huge part of my life. It lets me express myself and my emotions without a need to explore deeper meaning – just pure, raw emotion that evokes images, visuals of the mind, that send a message through music. I used to draw while listening to music, so there’s always been a big audio-visual connection for me.”

Spotify | SoundCloudTwitter

BUBBLES
Musician: Tokyo Machine
Step Artist: Psychotik
Song Length: 2:24
Difficulty: 64

I’m the Boss (Big Bad Bosses Remix)
Musician: Dj CUTMAN
Step Artist: M0nkeyz
Song Length: 2:04
Difficulty: 61

Description taken from Dj CUTMAN’s homepage:

“Dj CUTMAN is a studio engineer turned chiptune hero. He creates pristine mixes that combine his love of video games, hip hop beats and dance music. Cutman has performed at major gaming and culture events around the US and Canada. He has provided music for industry icons such as Sega, PlayStation, Twitch, Adobe, and WWE”

SpotifyYouTubeTwitterInstagram | Facebook

And for Non-Veteran players, these songs have went public:

PhonDrome! [Heavy]
Musician: Micelle
Step Artist: VisD
Song Length: 2:16
Difficulty: 88

toromi hearts 2
Musician: goreshit
Step Artist: Skayles
Song Length: 2:30
Difficulty: 97

Enjoy!

-DossarLX ODI, the Game Management Team, and the Community Managers

Songs of the Week and Weekly Update 4/22/2022

Welcome to the first post-Easter Song Release and Weekly Update! Just a couple updates today regarding our batches and StepCon 2022.

March/April 2022 and Ooga-Booga Special Batch will be closing on May 1st, so you have a little over a week left to submit. Reminder that the Ooga-Booga Special Batch has unique judgement rules behind it and can be a quick way to get a file accepted. You can find the details on it in this thread.

StepCon 2022 has finished with its first voting phase and the 1st – 3rd place winners for each class will be announced soon! Next is the Final StepOff phase where the 1st place winners from the previous classes will be put together into one class to step a new song. This stepping period will last two weeks and will be followed by a week long voting period.

An important note is that the 1st place winners from last week’s voting period will have this next week to apply any fixes to their files if needed. Next Friday for our SoTW we will be releasing these files into the main FFR engine!

Edit: Here are the winners for the first stepping phase of StepCon 2022! (Details can be found here.)

Class A (I’m The Boss)
1st – M0nkeyz
2nd – Matthia
3rd – samurai7694

Class B (BUBBLES)
1st – Psychotik
2nd – Elite Ninja
3rd – jacobvl39

Class C (Koneko’s Cafe)
1st – Gradiant
2nd – storn42
3rd – WirryWoo

Class D (If You Can’t Hang)
1st – DarkZtar
2nd – Pizza69
3rd – jh05013

Class E (Passing You By)
1st – trumaestro
2nd – RenegadeLucien
3rd – woker-X

The 2 veteran files we have for you today are:

PhonDrome! [Heavy]
Musician: Micelle
Step Artist: VisD
Song Length: 2:16
Difficulty: 88

toromi hearts 2
Musician: goreshit
Step Artist: Skayles
Song Length: 2:30
Difficulty: 97

And for Non-Veteran players, these songs have went public:

Grief and Malice
Musician: Helblinde
Step Artist: Shadow_God_10 & XelNya
Song Length: 4:04
Difficulty: 88

Szycag
Musician: Venetian Snares
Step Artist: mi40
Song Length: 6:11
Difficulty: 91

Enjoy!

-DossarLX ODI, the Game Management Team, and the Community Managers

Songs of the Week and Weekly Update 4/15/2022

Welcome to the Song Release and Weekly Update for April before Easter! We’ve got some Venetian Snares this time around for you.

Only one thing to mention this week and that’s regarding StepCon 2022. The stepping period has concluded and we’re on to the public voting period! Make sure to check out the thread for more details. Main thing to remember is that anyone can vote, so please take the time to do so. Good luck to those that submitted!

The 2 veteran files we have for you today are:

Grief & Malice
Musician: Helblinde
Step Artist: Shadow_God_10XelNya
Song Length: 4:03
Difficulty: 88

Szycag
Musician: Venetian Snares
Step Artist: mi40
Song Length: 6:10
Difficulty: 92

And for Non-Veteran players, these songs have went public:

Cybernaut 2 Opening Theme
Musician: Roy Berardo
Step Artist: gold stinger
Song Length: 1:26
Difficulty: 65

wholeheartedly
Musician: siqlo
Step Artist: WirryWoo
Song Length: 2:21
Difficulty: 68

Enjoy!

-DossarLX ODI, the Game Management Team, and the Community Managers

Songs of the Week and Weekly Update 4/8/2022

Welcome to another Weekly Song Release in April! We hope you enjoyed the April Fools release. This Friday we’ll mainly be going into the specifics of some files that went through some changes over the last week, with a few reminders on some site features/events going on. We also have two new artists going in game!

Events
StepCon 2022 is almost through week one of two for the first stepping portion! For those that are participating, today is the last day that you can swap classes if you so choose. Remember that this can only be done once for both participants.

Season 3 began last Friday, so you should see a new badge on your profile to reflect the division you finished in for season 2. (Only if you filled out your seasonal top 50!)

Difficulty Consultants
With a new season starting, there were a ton of songs with adjusted difficulties. Some of these were the result of the ongoing project of converting files from frame-based timing to ms timing. You can find a detailed list on difficulty changes here. Normally we’d list everything out in this post for your convenience, but there were over 40 files changed this time!

Regarding ms timing changes, you can find the information on which files have been converted by checking out the spreadsheet here.

The 2 veteran files we have for you today are:

Cybernaut 2 Opening Theme
Musician: Roy Berardo
Step Artist: gold stinger
Song Length: 1:25
Difficulty: 66

Taken from Roy Berardo’s website:

“Since the start, Berardo has always had a love for music and a creative mind. When his parents brought home an upright piano when Berardo was at the age of three, Berardo would spend hours sitting and playing. A few years later, he started piano lessons focused in classical and later in jazz. Whenever young Berardo sat at the piano, he would get distracted from what’s on the page by his own thoughts and improvisations. Starting from the first sounds on his old upright and continuing to today, Berardo has always had a desire to tell great stories through his art. He has always worked to innovate and deliver music that stands out and drives in emotion.

Roy Berardo is an award-winning composer who works on countless projects including animations, video games, films, and interactive experiences.”

Stay updated at the following:

Spotify | SoundCloud | BandcampYouTubeTwitter | Instagram

wholeheartedly
Musician: siqlo
Step Artist: WirryWoo
Song Length: 2:17
Difficulty: 69

From siqlo’s Spotify description:

“Japanese [Rhythm Game Music / Hi-Tech Full On / Others] Producer. I like complex sounds, so a lot of what I make is like that.”

Straight to the point! Check them out below:

WebsiteSoundCloudYouTube | Twitter | Instagram


Enjoy!

-DossarLX ODI, the Game Management Team, and the Community Managers

April Fools, SotW and Weekly Update 4/01/2022

Hey everyone, Welcome to the April Fools takeover of FFR’s Front Page! There’s plenty happening today and for the week ahead of us. So bunker down, set your keybinds (or not), and let’s get this under way.

StepCon 2022 has begun, and the competition is underway! Participants over the next two weeks will be pouring their blood, sweat and tears into making some of the very best step-content out there. If you didn’t sign-up, no worries! There will be a Public Judging week Starting on April 15th to decide which versions of the competition’s songs will go in-game. Consider checking the thread for more info!

Season 2 has ended, and Season 3 has begun! Congratulation to those that made it to the top, there should be some shiny new badges for the second season showing up on profiles shortly-ish? Nowaday’s fine of a day as ever to try climbing to the top of the new seasonal rankings! Furthermore, there will be some difficulty changes due to contested difficulties on pre-existing songs, so be prepared for Global Rankings to change a little bit.

For the ‘Poyo’s‘ out there, I’ve got a slapping brand new Kirby song for ya, and also some old dusty songs that no one have ever touched in like, a bajillion years. Can you believe that these old farts actually keep old content around? I think people should get a chance to take these bad boys for a spin. The Kirby music will stay, but you have until the next Songs of the Week before we come repo the rest of these songs back into the SimfileDB Vault, forever.

Re:THE MEDLEY OF KIRBY SSDX
Musician: hapi
Step Artist: gold stinger
Song Length: 28:05
Difficulty: 100

Speedcore 300
Musician: Gunsynth
Step Artist: Xx{Midnight}xX
Song Length: 2:12
Difficulty: 0

gigadelic
Musician: teranoid feat. MC Natsack
Step Artist: Reach
Song Length: 2:04
Difficulty: 0

gigadelic (Camellia’s “THE TERA” Remix) [10^12 Long ver.]
Musician: Camellia
Step Artist: gold stinger
Song Length: 5:31
Difficulty: 0

*Whimper Wall*
Musician: Rez
Step Artist: Velocity
Song Length: 1:06
Difficulty: 0

Technically, these two songs from last week become public as well:

You Don’t Know
Musician: Aaron Spectre
Step Artist: VisD
Song Length: 2:59
Difficulty: 87

Tribe Attacker v2
Musician: Canblaster
Step Artist: mi40
Song Length: 1:46
Difficulty: 88

Also on a final note, all 100+ Difficulty files and most 90-99 files are getting re-uploaded to include ms-timing. D7/D8 players, rejoice!

Hope everyone enjoys the all-new content this week!

-gold stinger, the April Fools Team, and this picture of a cat.

Songs of the Week and Weekly Update 3/25/2022

Welcome to the last Song Release and Weekly Update for March! This week there’s just some quick event reminders as we approach the end of March.

StepCon 2022 sign-ups will be closing next Thursday. Please consider signing up if you haven’t already!

Season 2 will be ending next Thursday, so get your top 50 scores in while you can!

The 2 veteran files we have for you today are:

You Don’t Know
Musician: Aaron Spectre
Step Artist: VisD
Song Length: 2:59
Difficulty: 87

Tribe Attacker v2
Musician: Canblaster
Step Artist: mi40
Song Length: 1:46
Difficulty: 88

And for Non-Veteran players, these songs have went public:

Enlighten Me
Musician: Masterplan
Step Artist: storn42
Song Length: 1:19
Difficulty: 43

Define
Musician: Pogo
Step Artist: M0nkeyz
Song Length: 0:38
Difficulty: 51

Enjoy!

-DossarLX ODI, the Game Management Team, and the Community Managers

Songs of the Week and Weekly Update 3/18/2022

Welcome to another Song Release and Weekly Update for March!

Only one thing to talk about this week and that’s StepCon 2022! This official event is a contest focused on creating FFR files for public viewing/judging, with the winners having their files put in FFR. Top three prizes also include event tokens, credits, and unique profile badges. We encourage everyone to participate regardless of stepping experience. Even if you don’t win a prize, it’s a great opportunity to get plenty of feedback!

Please read the rules of this event carefully and if you are interested in signing up, you can do so here. StepCon 2022 signups will close on Thursday, March 31st at 11:59 PM CST (server time). The event itself will begin on April 1st.

The 2 veteran files we have for you today are:

Enlighten Me
Musician: Masterplan
Step Artist: storn42
Song Length: 1:19
Difficulty: 43

Define
Musician: Pogo
Step Artist: M0nkeyz
Song Length: 0:38
Difficulty: 51

And for Non-Veteran players, these songs have went public:

Satin City
Musician: kgb525
Step Artist: M0nkeyz
Song Length: 2:13
Difficulty: 67

Chapter VIII (Pacifier)
Musician: Sufferer
Step Artist: Skayles
Song Length: 3:35
Difficulty: 77

Enjoy!

-DossarLX ODI, the Game Management Team, and the Community Managers