Wow there are some really cool effects here... I like the pitch modulation. Could I possibly sample little bits and pieces of this? I would credit you. I think it would be great for glitch/idm
Go for it, let me know when you have something!
I like the mood here, it's well mixed with plenty of space to breathe. I really like the break at the end. I don't know how I feel about the bass though. The portamento/glide makes it really weird sometimes. It sounds great at the end of the measure, but when you have several notes clustered together it's really just causing problems and sounding sloppy. (like at :11-:13) What I recommend doing is duplicating the bass and for those shorter notes, transfer them to the second synth, and bring the portamento/glide time wayyyy down, or otherwise change the sound. Try to make it more dynamic. I guarantee that will help a lot. And I'm not really a huge fan of the overall sound of the bass either but I like more electro, saw basses anyway so just personal taste. But it works here and you're on the right track.
hey thanks for the tips, I'll certenly take a look closer look at it, today or tomorrow! On the other hand, if I reduse portamento and slide down a lot on that second synth you mention, it'll loose some of it's diry feeling, which I presonally like
Btw the saw bass you mention is actually a soft bass with fuzz distortion XD
thanks for the tips and 9/10 I appreciated.
Btw what software do you use? I use Reason 4.0
I can hear the bass clipping... not good. Back off on the compression, the whole mix is really squashed sounding. You loose dynamics the punchiness of sounds that way, especially kicks and high hats. Don't try to make it this loud it just doesn't pay off. Professional songs get really loud from careful mastering and brickwall limiting, and it's not easy to get right.
Overall pretty generic sounding but it progresses nicely. And I hear the sour note people are talking about. It's because you go out of key and hit a minor chord. It happens at 1:00, just change that middle note in the 3 note arpeggio, move it up a half step and you'll be good.
Thanks for the helpful review ;D
Now that is a panflute
I like the atmosphere here, it's really airy. Nice piano arp. Only thing I don't like here is the 4 on the floor beat at this tempo. ARRHHGGGG it's like being stuck behind an old lady on the freeway. No offense. But 4 on the floor is a really driving beat, and has a lot of upbeat energy that really conflicts with the tempo and everything else in this song that's nice and peaceful. The stuttered kicks only intensify that. When you slow the tempo down, I personally think at a certain point it's better to use breakbeat (around 120 bpm or so), I think it makes it flow much better. (and I think it's just slow enough to possibly go double tempo with the percussion) But anyway great instrumentation and mixing here.
Percussion has never been my forte :P The beat on this song was a bit tricky because I needed a powerful, catchy rhythm that still matched the solid flow of the song, and a breakbeat would have completely ruined it. The song isn't necessarily meant to be relaxing, per say, its supposed to be fairly active without going overboard. So while the 4 beat here isn't ideal, I wouldn't trade it in for a breakbeat because the song would lose its essence.
Thanks for the review :D
But it's missing some high end in my opinion. If you added some piano/electric piano to top it off that would be excellent. I think it needs more sustained/reverby sounds to balance out the harsh sidechain.
I'm loving the pads with the sidechaining. It gets a little repetitive but it's definitely trippy. The only thing I can criticize is the bass. Should be louder, I can hardly hear it at times. If you added some saws on to the bass too it would help it come out and really give it that house sound. It would be a small thing but it would definitely give the whole track more balance. But overall good job.
Hmm, do you have a sub? Because if you're using stereo speakers they might not be picking up the lower frequencies. It sounds fine on my system. I wasn't really going for a house sound; I was just making music, but thanks for your opinion and review!
I must have
listened to this 20 times already :) I saw it when you posted in the dubstep contest thread and I'm using it as inspiration (though mine sounds nothing like this) I was hoping you'd get best of the week, you definitely deserve it. It just flows perfectly, there isn't a second of this I don't love. I just wish it was longer.
I like the mixture of genres here. The strings sound really thick. I really like how the amen comes in (with the dry faded in on the reverb?) Don't think I've heard that before, makes it seem like it's coming towards you through space (whoa) I think you could've sliced up and varied the amen quite a bit more though. The piano threw me off a bit though. Also I liked the bass but it only played for a very short part of the song and had kind of a random sounding pattern, I don't think you really needed it there, or you could've worked on the structure a little more to get it all to fit in better. Overall it works well and is very creative.
Hey thanks! Yes i love doing that reverb fade trick! Is pretty easy to do! Also thanks for the tips and advices. I'll try to be varied the drums more in my future works since i dont like updating to much on my old songs. And also i think i'll stop using the dnb bass unless i really have to. Also thanks for the comment and i will take up your advice!
What a rush!
I haven't felt a rush like that from anything on Newgrounds in a long time. Simply beautiful. It starts off very nicely with the rain and the piano. The piano melody sounds a bit aimless at first but it falls together. At 1:12 it started to remind me a bit of some of Reasoner's stuff. I totally did not expect the beat to come in at 1:20. That gave me chills, great piano work! I'm not really sure if I like the synth that comes in at 1:54 It sounds good when it's buried under the beat though, maybe it's just the distortion that's bothering me, it doesn't really fit with everything else. Overall I love the harmony and mood here, and the instrumentation. I think you could've brought out those strings a bit more though and maybe added more layers of them. The rain is a wonderful touch. The feeling this gave me I've been trying really hard to create with my own music, but this surpasses anything I've made. I'm inspired :)
Awesome, thanks a lot. Easily one of the most useful and thought-out reviews I've ever gotten. I can't really say anything more about it, except...
Thanks for the (awesome) review, Greg Aaron!
Nice to hear something slightly different from you. I think this would fall under the trance category, not dance. I think the biggest problem here is lack of direction. There's no doubt about it, you're really good at fills, changing stuff up every 16 bars or so and keeping the energy high. But that's the problem. This track is over 4 minutes long and there's not much break in the energy, it does get kind of repetitive. At 3:41 a really nice bassy supersaw comes in, which is kind of strange at that time not only because it's so late in the song but also it changes how the overall mix sounds, it sounds more open there with more low end, I really like it. I think you boost your highs too much overall and compress pretty hard which kind of hurts your mixes. It usually works pretty good for what you're going for though but I think you should try to lay off a little and put some more dynamics in. I'm being kind of hard on you but I think it's advice you can use. Overall it sounded pretty good :)
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