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Hello! This is a review for the NGUAC competition.

I've gone over one or two general categories of issues specific to your song, and one section of things I think also deserve complimenting. I prefer being very direct with my critique, none of it is meant to offend. Thank you for your understanding!

Constructive Criticism:

- A couple of production quality points. First of all, you seem to have mastered this to -0.0dB, whereas -1.0dB is the typical standard. This can result in some distortion and far more potential concern about distortion from clipping. Additionally, many audio platforms will mix the volume down to try and keep the loudness roughly the same as other tracks. Secondly, you have quite a bit of reverb applied to many of your instruments, seemingly including some of the bass modulation. Definitely be aware that this can make it harder to include other details in your drops and can result in somewhat 'flat' sound as reverb essentially blurs the frequencies around it into a more homogenous sound.

- Second point I'd like to make is in regard to repetition. Most of your drops and climaxes in this track tend to be mixed at the same dynamic volume, and the chord progression doesn't change throughout the entire track, nor does the melody. While dubstep doesn't always need constant variance, it is typically better to have a bridging chord progression or at least some alteration to the rhythmic emphasis of it. Similarly, countermelodies or melodic variations help add continued interest for long pieces, and making the final drop your most intense dynamically and rhythmically will make it feel like the song has really been building the entire time, helping people enjoy the ride and feel a really powerful dopamine hit as the building tension of the whole piece is released in that final climax.

Compliments to the Composer:

- Honestly, for all those points - you do have some really neat bass wobbles and variation in how you use them. The melody is solid, production quality is solid, nothing is painfully loud despite the high volume mastering, and the reverb doesn't cause too many issues. I really enjoyed this track, and think that as you develop as a musician and work more variety into your mixes, you'll be able to get some really high quality dubstep out into the world.

Final score: 8.2


Credits & Info


4.14 / 5.00

Mar 12, 2021
4:45 AM EST
File Info
10.1 MB
4 min 24 sec

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