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!
- A big problem plaguing this track is the lack of any consistent key. At the very beginning, the alarm sound effect is out of tune with your chords. However, even after that, your synth arpeggios underneath the singing and chords are entirely out of tune with the chords. This happens for quite a bit more of the piece.
- Secondly, the mixing on this is rather poor as well. Many of your elements are buried underneath the raw waveform arps panned to opposite ears, including both the vocals and backing sound effects. I think a full mixing tutorial would be extremely helpful for you. But, regardless, essentially what you want to do is make sure instruments have their own frequency areas. Mids can be more dense, highs can be close together, and bass needs to essentially have only one or two instruments so it doesn't distort the rest of the waveform.
Compliments to the Composer:
- Man, I can clearly hear how hard you're trying for this. And honestly, the vibe with the drums and bass works pretty well. I think by enhancing the vocals a bit, while also quieting down those arpeggios and bringing them in key, you'll have a really tasteful track in full. I think you'll be able to bring everything together with a bit more work and experience in the future, for certain.
Final score: 5.8