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Monochromatic Rhythm

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Electro swing because I wanted to participate in NGUAC 2021! Enjoy yall

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nutty track. crazy it didn't get more attention.

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:

- Hooo, okay, if this is electro swing, I think there's one thing you are definitely missing here. Electro bass. Those electro swing tracks don't just live off the swing and steady beat, but a really tasty, growly swing bass. Try out some saw wave based basses with some good waveshaping distortion and a bit of a filter to keep it from interrupting your mids too much. You can slap that in there with a syncopated rhythm and a sidechain to the kick drum, and you will have yourself a MUCH more groovy track near-instantly. Don't forget to have some (not much, but some) sub-bass to thicken it up as well.

- Whether or not you do add a more driving bassline, this needs to be mastered better. Your instruments honestly ALL sound rather squished and quiet, without as much impact as they should have. Try reducing your instruments by about 8-10dB and make sure they're leveled appropriately compared to each other... then put a limiter on with a threshhold of -1.1dB. You'll be able to bring up ALL your instruments, make them really feel filled out, while even keeping your leveling and mixing work intact.

Compliments to the Composer:

- Man. I love electro swing, as soon as I heard this start I was hyped for what would come out. Happily, I think I can say that you did a really good job. There are still some compositional things in transitions which you can work on, but I want this to have so much more SLAP because I can almost feel it even without that groove really pumping into my ear holes. You have great melodies and the piano almost sounds honkytonk, which is a really tasteful touch.

Final score: 9

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3.91 / 5.00

Aug 3, 2021
4:39 AM EDT
File Info
2.8 MB
3 min 4 sec

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