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Trading Sunlight

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Trying something new, will see how it goes. I don't have my headphones, this was made on speakers.

Used only 3xOsc for instruments. I don't get why people think 3xOsc is bad.

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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:

- Okay, those drums at 0:34 are super tasteful, but please do be careful with how hard you've limited the track. Notice how much of a spike there is when your drums come in, showing how much more intense they are compared to everything else. Please make sure you've limited your instruments and given their volumes decent relativity. This type of varying intensity can potentially hurt the ears of people who aren't ready for it, and the ducking of other instruments under the drums seems like they're being distorted and the ducking isn't fully intentional through sidechaining or similar.

- Each of your 'drops' is very simplistic, simply continuing the chord progression without adding anything to it but additional instruments playing the same thing. Even towards the end, when the pads are added, it doesn't add that much. In particular, the pad has some odd dissonances around 4:00 when the pad's release causes each chord to bleed into the subsequent chord.

Compliments to the Composer:

- I absolutely love the sound design of this work. It actually reminds me of a particular favorite track I have from Newgrounds, here: https://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/272432 I think you could perhaps take inspiration from this track to play with things like different time signatures, or varying drum rhythms. Either of these would be excellent, even if you don't add a melody or anything.

Final score: 7.5

Viraxor responds:

Thank you very much for the detailed review! I appreciate it!

Credits & Info


3.17 / 5.00

Jul 14, 2021
6:06 AM EDT
File Info
5.2 MB
4 min 32 sec
  • 3x Osc
  • LMMS
Misc. Kit
  • Baby Audio - Baby Comeback

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