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Kavez - Left in the Dust

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Here is the full version of the WIP I posted a few days ago!


I added a little breakdown section and a third chorus, as well as a few tweaks in frequencies and whatever. Not sure if I like the breakdown or not but I left it in there anyway.


I couldn't sit on this one for much longer as I wasn't really motivated to keep going and that my laptop battery is pretty bad.


Albeit, I'm relatively happy with how this came out and I hope you like it!


(Sorry for any glitchy sounds that appear in this, I tried to record it several times but there were complications in all of them)

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I like the sharp piano chords at :05 and the funky bass at :14. The little mic pop at :03 could stand to be eliminated, though. Otherwise, the mix is really clean and distinct. The piece is a little slow to progress, but I like the injection of energy at 1:03. The rhythm feels a tad square, but the airy harmonies at 1:26 help keep me engaged. The sudden change of pace at 1:38 was a little jarring, but I appreciate the switch-up to the chord progression. Overall, the arrangement of the piece feels a tad disjointed, but the additional harmonies during the last refrain help tie it together nicely. The sound design and mixing are quite good overall, and the rhythmic content is a highlight for sure. Solid work, SlyFrost! :)

Mixing, mastering, and balance
1.75/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
1/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
1.5/2
Instrumentation and sound design
1/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1.25/1.5
Originality and uniqueness
.75/1
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
1/1
Composite score
8.25/10

dope little rnb pop beat that gets nice and heavy down the line. really like the piano pattern and the nice little offbeat epiano stabs. the mix is mostly solid, but i think the cymbals and piano are too loud in relation to the kick and bass, especially at times like 0:24 where it transitions to a more delicate bass sound. the transition to dnb feels very weird with the instruments you're using. also would be nice to get some more panning across the stereo image, feels very narrow right now. also the reverse cymbal at 1:56 needs some volume shaped into it cause it just feels like filtered whitenoise - if you're compressing it, don't, cause you need those dynamics for the reverse cymbal to do it's job as a transitional element. but overall this is a pretty solid little beat, wish it was a bit longer or had vocals or something. protip: to remove the glitchy sounds you have to right click -> initialize with this position on things you've automated, like the piano volume on this track. FL will do this automatically when you make a clip but it uses the value that it's set to when you make the clip, so if you make the clip when it's at full volume and then create a fade in you need to stop playback, pull the fader back to zero and then reinitialize so that it starts on 0 when you hit play.

important notes on my NGUAC review process: https://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1476427/18#bbspost26965604_post_text

SlyFrost responds:

Yeah, I agree with everything you've mentioned. The dnb section definitely was pretty experimental and the track was rougher around the middle. Also, the glitchy sounds aren't actually associated with FL - it's a problem with the screen recorder I have to use because I make everything in the demo version lol

Thank you for the review, very much appreciated!

Damn impressive
working in the Fl20 demo version is a pain
so this is wild to me

SlyFrost responds:

Yeah the demo version isn't ideal - I'll probably get full version later this year

Thanks for the review, and good luck in the NGUAC (:

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