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Date
08/10/2012
File Info
Song
7 MB
3 min 4 sec
Score
2.61 / 5.00

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Score:
Rated 2.61 / 5 stars
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Genres:
Electronic - Dubstep
Tags:
calm
bass
dubstep
chillstep

Author Comments

As this was the very first song I created that I've dubbed "finished", I'm considering this my first song altogether. I've always wanted to make dubstep, so I'm hoping that by uploading this little chillstep tune to the Audio Portal, I could maybe get some feedback back and try my best to improve (as this is very much amateur.)

It's nothing all that impressive, but I consider it a start. I simply used Fruity Loops with a couple of samples that came with VSTs and tried to make something soft and calm. The harp-ish string instrument is supposed to bring a type of monastery feel to the song!

Constructive criticism would be very appreciated!

Reviews


CANDYdisturberCANDYdisturber

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Haha, I remember my first song (that I actually claim) being a dubstep-like blurble too; though I have to say this is better than that one. I won't bother telling you whats good and what's not-so-good, because First off: the guys below me hit it pretty spot on, and Second off: This is about a year old now, isn't it? I'm sure you've learned a lot since then, judging by your other submissions.


ToxInjection responds:

Man, you really are going through my old stuff. I feel loved <3

Yeah, a year old almost to the day. I've learned a LOT since I made this track, and god do I know how I could improve this. Bass is way too powerful and distorted to hell at some parts. Kick/snare pattern can be varied a whole lot more every now and then. Maybe when another year or two passes, I'll remaster this and make it sound a lot better (:


KnuckstrikeKnuckstrike

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

The starting beat is okay. I like that it's not a normal beat, in a way that you don't have four beats constantly, the fourth being a bit louder than the other three and that repeating. Having a different beat makes the song a bit more special.
To give the beat a bit more power, you could try adding something that "breaks" the beat by doing something different every fourth or second beat later on in the song; something longer and dark sounding or the complete opposite: a clear note. It's still a good beat to carry the song. Though

I really like the (jungle?) drums that start at 0:22. Along with the mysterious feeling that the electronic instruments give, it makes a nice combination of instruments.
What I also think is great is that you made the song less repetive by switching between parts with the dub sounds in them, parts where the jungle drums are more on the foreground and parts where the beat was almost on its own. While the song is called simplicity, it's not simple as in there are not many differences.

I have two small points of critique. The first one is that I don't like that you used the trick of the beat going faster, and right after that a stop twice. (At 0:49 and at 1:55). If you make a stop in your song every minute, the spontanity and the surprise isn't there anymore. Although it's a trick that you did well, I don't think it wits with a quiet song like this that well, and certainly not twice.
Another nitpicky thing is that I don't like when you started the beat again at 1:00 and 2:07. It's just before the third beat I think, and It doesn't sound right. I can imagine that you tried to make the song a bit more playful, and you're probably more experienced with rhythms and songs than I am, but that's just how it feels to me.

Overall a song with almost no mistakes, and with enough effort put in to sound well. It doesn't need any exiting stuff IMO.

Sorry I'm a bit late with reviewing, by the way.

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ToxInjection responds:

Thanks a lot for the review! I really appreciate it (:

I was thinking about it, but I didn't want to risk hurting the track. Besides, I wanted to keep a sort of consistency throughout the song. Simplistic, nothing fancy.

Those higher notes you're hearing is actually a harp (according to the synth name.) To me, the synth sounded like a sort of chinese folk instrument, so I rolled with that. That's how the monastery type of feel came to be!

I didn't really plan on making them near each minute mark actually, but I noticed that happened now that you mention it! I just wanted to build enough suspense and anxiety before the drop (also it keeps up with the fact it's a dubstep track. I know the drop is obvious.) No worries, I plan on making things different on my next song!

I actually don't know what you mean by this. If you mean the actual beat as in the kick/snare pattern and the hats, I kept them the same. If you or another person mentions this again, I'll be sure to keep it in mind in my next production.

Thanks again for reviewing! The constructive criticism really helps me out! I might be releasing songs a lot slower than other artists, but I'm still new to FL Studios, and being a perfectionist doesn't help with the speed either. Be sure that more will be coming :D


PoniiboiPoniiboi

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

The dynamics are what brought this song to life for me. The unexpected changes through the progressions were what caught my ear and made me listen to what the rest of the instruments in the song were trying to do. I commend the originality of that process and the artistic integrity it took to keep it there, cuz I know the inner discussions that come when you are considering something that "different." I look forward to hearing more so that I can have a more complete perspective from which to judge your future work.


ToxInjection responds:

Thanks a ton for responding! Being the first reviewer really helps me out! :D

Since this was my first real song, I put a hell of a lot of effort into it. I did put a lot of thought into what instrument was flushed out more. I just really wanted to try and have everything come out perfect, y'know?

Anyways, thanks again for leaving a review! If things keep moving forward like this, more will definitely be coming in the future!