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I like the retro vocal samples at the beginning, but the transition at :14 threw me off a bit. I guess I was expecting more of an extended intro. Some of the synths here are a bit cheesy and generic, but the beat is catchy, and the sound design certainly adds to the air of mystery in the piece. The piece is a bit slow to progress after a while, although I do like the added harmonies at 1:03. The mix could’ve been a tad sharper and louder, perhaps with some more compression on the drums and some stricter equalization/filtering of the low-register frequencies in the harmonic instruments. Otherwise, the piece sounds pretty repetitive and stale after a while. The energy level, instrumental hierarchy, and harmonic framework are nearly constant throughout the piece, and the vocal samples only do so much to add variety. I would’ve liked to see an extended atmospheric bridge or climactic solo at some point. That said, the texture is nice and full for most of the piece, and the rhythmic content and atmosphere are both enjoyable. Overall, it’s a solid piece that just needs some more polish on the mix and a stronger sense of ebb and flow in the composition. Keep at it, Ukatz! ^_^

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

Nice atmospheric sample use! Right off the bat sets the vibe.

I find myself wanting hard mastering compression to push the track, as it sounds fairly clean, perhaps with just a bit of ducking low frequencies of the reverb signals so it doesn't wash out completely in the process. I'm definitely craving more volume and presence in my face, which cranking the volume just doesn't quite do.

Your claps could come a bit more up in the mix, as well as kick and snare.

With just those few changes, I think this would be an absolute banger. It already is very nicely written and A E S T H E T I C.

Nice work! Thanks for coming out to NGUAC!


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:

- This track is really satisfying to listen to, but it doesn't have any change to the chord progression until 3:36. Given there's essentially no melody, it's really important to have this be reasonably varied. A clearer melodic theme or use of more vocals as 'hooks' would also help enhance this song and make it more memorable. You can also use sound design, but that doesn't tend to be quite as effective or used as frequently in synthwave music.

- Honestly, only other minor critique I have is that this could be mastered to -1dB to give more dynamic space for finer details in the audio to be audible.

Compliments to the Composer:

- This grooves real hard, has a balanced decent mix, and the vocal samples really add to the vibe a lot. The little sound of an audio tape being taken out at the end is great too, haha. Very solid effort, I look forward to seeing more tracks of yours!

Final score: 8.3

something reminded me of a game hotline miami

Credits & Info


4.38 / 5.00

Jul 29, 2021
11:41 AM EDT
File Info
10.7 MB
4 min 41 sec

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