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BGZ - Nostalgia (NGUAC Entry)


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Made on FL Mobile

Made in 6 hours, 140 bpm, I made it very quickly because of NGUAC

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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:

- Oh goodness, okay, right away - this needs to be mixed and levelled better. See how the waveform doesn't even fit in the newgrounds player? This is because your peaks are FAR too high, to the point that it's audibly causing severe distortions in the sound. Notice how everything crunches and ducks when the kick comes in, and there's distortion in even the initial piano chords? They're far too loud. Later in the drops, many sounds actually become buried under the sheer amount of noise and distortion. Fortunately though, this is actually a fairly easy fix! Right away, before you export - drop ALL your levels down by at least -10dB. Then, apply a limiter with a threshhold of -1.1dB. Take care to make sure your sound isn't distorted very much and you're simply bringing your instruments up with the makeup gain. The goal isn't to sound super loud, but to match your peak loudness to other music in the same genre.

- Quite frankly, this could also use more variance. A lot of dubstep music does actually use varying bass modulation in the different drops, while keeping some general consistency overall in terms of rhythm, chord progression, sound design, etc. You can absolutely mix it up and develop your ideas rather than simply repeating them exactly, using some substitution chords or a melody and/or countermelody to contrast with the earlier sections. This helps maintain interest through the whole piece.

Compliments to the Composer:

- In general, you keep everything harmonized well (I think, it's a little hard to hear under the distortion) and your bass design is pretty decent, more than enough to start developing a dubstep drop with just one or two more types of wubbly wobbles. The mix is definitely the biggest thing that needs attention, and once that's fixed up you'll have a really decent listenable piece, I think.

Final score: 4

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Aug 6, 2021
8:21 AM EDT
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7.1 MB
3 min 6 sec

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