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The synths at the beginning sound a bit gritty and unpolished, but I like the crisp drums and heavy bass that plays on a lot of the downbeats. A lot of your synths sound pretty cheesy, including the lead at :32 - reminds me of a lot of Autogun presets I’ve used myself. You clearly have a good sense of harmony, but the texture itself is pretty minimal and bottom-heavy. The reverb also may have been a tad excessive, especially on some of the bass instruments. Reverb on basses can make the texture of a piece sound really muddy and indistinct, although that isn’t a huge problem here because the texture is so minimal for most of the piece. I like the sense of climax into 2:08, although the mix becomes a bit overwhelmed at that point. I think you need to either adjust the volume levels, tone down the compression, or both. Overall, I enjoyed the rhythmic content, progression, and atmosphere of the piece. I think the composition is a tad underwhelming, and the mix could be both more well-balanced and, during the last minute or so, less distorted. That said, switching out a couple of the samples and dialing back the reverb and compression at times are both pretty simple fixes, and they would both help out this piece a lot IMO. In the meantime, you’ve got a cool and ominous mood and some catchy beats to build on. Keep at it, Deathincan! :)

Mixing, mastering, and balance
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
Instrumentation and sound design
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
Originality and uniqueness
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
Composite score

there's a nice synthwavey vibe to this, and there's some unique tones in the synths you're using. overall i think the bass sounds you're using are way too loud compared to the drums and peak out at the wrong frequencies - it's like they want to push in the sub bass area but sit in the low-midrange instead. the mix in last section is very messy and far too loud - turn everything down except the drums here and maybe add a sub layer to that metal-guitar-ish synth to thicken the sound, because it sounds very boxed-in and midrange heavy. would be good if there was more melodic/chord variation in the first 2 minutes, it kind of just sits around the same two notes for the most part and gets very boring.

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

Credits & Info


2.29 / 5.00

Jul 24, 2021
10:18 PM EDT
File Info
6.7 MB
2 min 56 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.