10/10! this song sounds amazing!
10/10! this song sounds amazing!
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!
- Wha... where's the bass? What happened to the bass, haha! I checked it out, it seems like you have a low shelf hitting right in the low mids and below. Everything else is plenty loud (even a bit too loud) but it seems like if you have a bass guitar, it's completely missing. I would highly recommend either including a bass guitar, or alternatively having some kind of synth bass added in. If you want to keep your treble focus, another possible alternative would simply be letting your kick and tom drums really THUMP properly. I would guess this might have been a problem while mixing, but most of the mixing would actually be solved by limiting the track properly. Simple way to do that is reducing ALL INSTRUMENTS by -10dB, then following that up with a limiter set to a threshold of -1.1dB. That should help balance your frequency levels out, and could easily result in your mix sounding more full and clean. Oh. Also, be careful with the amount of reverb on that high treble guitar! It can get very fatiguing.
- Honestly, the mix is by far the biggest "?" in this whole piece. However, that doesn't mean I'm quite done! Another thing that this track is really missing is a breakdown for the listener to just... chill. Even intense music has at least some momentary breaks where it chills out, before going back into it. Here, have an example of a track that vibes really similarly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZThbdtFEo0 Notice how the introduction is calm and builds into the main melodic riff of the track. Also, that in the B section around 0:32, the really high treble is reduced, as a relatively chill section before it builds back up at 0:52. There's also the short breakdown at 2:56 after the solo section, giving a moment's rest before it builds up again.
Compliments to the Composer:
- Man, I love your riffs, especially the one right at the start. I love this track. I want to feel the bass so I can really feel it through my body more than just my ears, y'know? It reminds me so much of the theme I linked, which is a track I really like. I love the intense but positive vibe to this so much. As you clean up your mix and develop your composition more, you're gonna have some really really tasteful music on your hands. Nice job!
Final score: 7.8
Thanks for such thoughtful and detailed feedback, I really appreciate it (and the amount of time it must have taken for you to have done all of these reviews!).
I'm working on the limiter issue. As you can hear, there are issues with the mix and many of these were magnified when I added my original limiter (needed to spend more time on the mix). I'll try your course of action - watch this space! There's bass in there too, but it's mixed right down because it's significantly lower quality.
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