it was a very interesting experience to listen to this! I can feel and understand your buildup and the progression of the song.
Here a few (technical) points I noticed:
0.46 This heavily distorted sound, which sounds like an e-guitar, always seems to play with the same velocity/dynamics. You can try to add a few variations here or glide/slide to emphasize notes etc.
Automation of parameters is your friend. Just a little tip for the future.
0.50 The sound is cracking on the left channel.
1:40 The drums which are kicking in at around 1:40 are very quiet. You could compress them to raise their volume, and have a look on "sidechain" compression/limiting/gaining. This will help to achive a much cleaner mix and makes the drums more punchy.
2:40 This is my favourite part
3:00 Breakdowns like this are sweet!
Overall, the sounds keeps getting crackling when it becomes too loud. Quality goes over loudness! You may also play more with stereo imaging. A lot of sounds, which may be better in another place, are centered together and 'mash up'.
To sum up: play more with dynamics, stereo and mixing.
You're on a good way! Keep up the work!
Hey thank you so much for this detailed review ! <3
I'll try to respect your advices as much as I can for my next tracks !
Compressing the drums is interesting, I never thought about that !
In fact, I'm afraid I can't do so much with crackling, this is the result of the conversion of my m4a files to mp3 (I compose with GarageBand).
Thank you too for the dynamics advice, it's true that I don't often use it ! ^^
In fact, my last track (Hit This Shit) is, I think, really good talking about the mixing and stereoing, maybe you should try it ! :3
Thank you so much again ! =)
Smooth, calm, relaxing and definitely not boring. Great track!
Thanks a ton! Sorry for the super late feedback :D
Very nice cinematic track! The control of emotion and dynamics of the brass and the soft strings really adds to it!
I'm missing a bigger and wider presence of the drum section here (could be my flavour).
I imagine this to be the hymn of a medieval nation or the background track of a game! Great work!
As to collabs, if you're free, you can connect me - I love to work together with talented people!
I had actually thought about beefing up the percussion! It's one of those things where the rabbit hole can always go deeper. I thought some more clangy stuff in the background maybe, or during the 3rd section when the loud/quiet part happens having some triangle during the loud part. I dunno. These things are so open and at a certain point, you can really do anything! I would eventually like to make this more than a loop. In that case, I could definitely beef up the percussion!
(thanks for listening)
This piece could really fit into a lot of video games! Well done!
I miss a bit the catchiness of good old 8-bit melodies.
Thanks, man! I really like making these 8-bit songs, 'cause they let me share the riffs I make on guitar and bass.
I appreciate the review.
As a side note, I like the aesthetic of the OC there. Good job on that.
Very unique lyrics! I love them!
I believe your voice can do much more! Work on your talents :)
Thanks a bunch, means a lot! I'm always trying to work on my music/art stuff, singing seems to be the hardest thing to get an immediate hold of out of anything in my life so far, actually.
All in all, a great ambiental track which can describe an action-packed story.
I imagine someone having to bear a mysterious task or fight.
This definitely has a lot of potential but you have to work on the sound of your songs. The mix doesn't sound completely right and finished and the piano could sounds a bit synthetic/generic - that's why I can't give the full 5 stars.
I'm curious about what is coming next! :)
I understand about the piano, it is 100% synthetic, and quite generic indeed. I didn't realize at the time Reason had a sampled piano as well, which probably would have sounded better but that's just something I'll have to mess around with in the future.
In hindsight, I might have actauly forgotten to mix this before uploading it... Although it's equally possible that the mixing is just not very good, I made this track a while ago and I'm sure it could benefit from a little reworking.
Very deep and emotional track!
The sound of foaming waves streaming on the beach and the legatos on the cello really add emotion to it!
'Tides of Time' - a great one-time-experience!
Thanks! Happy that you liked it :)
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