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Jun 6, 2009 | 1:31 PM EDT
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1.9 MB
1 min 23 sec
3.77 / 5.00

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Rated 3.77 / 5 stars
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2,102 Plays | 59 Downloads
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Electronic - House

Author Comments

Guess who's back with a brand new track?

I haven't submitted for a while, but I'm back, sort of. I bring you a WIP of a track I'm working on atm. Not mixed yet, but it's a little preview for you guys to know what you can be expecting to come from me. I improved a lot in the time I didn't submit, and I wanted to know what you guys think, so drop me a line!


PS : if you are Dutch, you should try and translate the title literally.



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Het Sleutelhout/de hout sleutel?

Hmmz I am not a wood expert so a key wood does not ring any bell to me, but what I can say is that the lead sounds luvely and I love how the bass c.c.comes in ;). Playing around with 8bit is always a +1 from me so...keep up the good work and drop me a PM when its finished ;).

Very interesting WIP

Swerve responds:

Thanks for your review man! Wood = bos, dus sleutelbos, hehe. I'm glad you liked it. I'll drop you a line when I'm done.


Rated 4 / 5 stars


I'm just gonna point out the bad stuff and how you can improve, but don't fear it is a good song,I'm sure you can hear what you think is good in it.

Ok so the first thing that hit me is the kick drum, it has a kind of annoying stereo ambience to it, you should try mono-ing it, kick drums should always be mono, or as mono as they can be because it is supposed to be the most powerful and punchy component, and coming out of both speakers (mono) is where it can be it's powerfullest. You could try using a low cut envelope on it if your sampler has that.

The hatline is quite empty, hats tend to fill out tracks, especially ride cymbals. You should expand the hats to flesh the track out to make it sound more full and completed. Using hats to complement the rhythm of the bassline or lead is a good idea aswell.

The synth that had the longer notes and was sidechained sounded very good and pumpy, I think you should sidechain the other synth aswell, the one that hits the small third notes, not much as to upset the clarity of it, but to give it a little more pumpiness that's more consistent with the other synths.

And just a tip for reptitiveness, as most house producers usually fall into. I heard a producer one time say that you must try and do something interesting or progress somewhere every 8 bars to keep the listener interested, this is what most producers should really strive for, however subtle this event or progression may be. Just something to take on board.

Thar you go, request filled :P

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Swerve responds:

Thank you very much for your quick response! :) I'll keep everything in mind. The track used to have a lot of hats and percussion, but sounded very cloggy, so I deleted a lot and yes, it is indeed a quite minimal hatline. I didn't add anything to the cymbal department after that, hence the sparseness.
And thanks for pointing the mono kick thing out, I would never have noticed.
We should talk to each other on MSN sometimes, if you would like to?

Thanks for reviewing.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

It's a short song so there's nothing much to comment on.
I find it pretty nice overall, but given how thin the texture is, you might want to experiment with some delay/reverb to get those synths sounding good.
If this were to expanded, I would expect some instrument playing on the higher frequencies to get the atmosphere going, and some catchy melody to ease in soon after.

I was also going to say you could speed up the track a little, but I think it's just my preference because it sounds fine. :P


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Het sleutelhout WIP?

..maar moet wel zeggen je zou het begin wat anders kunnen doen. Minder herhaling, of minder lang. Rond 0:40 begint het beter, verder mooie track.

Heh en ik zie nu al die vertaling bij een andere comment staan. Lijkt er niet op.


Rated 4 / 5 stars


I really enjoy how it sounds so far. The whole synth-house feel to it. The beginning can be cut down a little bit. Also, be sure that you can satisfy everyone and make the whole song even more impressive, otherwise they'll favor more of the demo than the full one.

Interesting song overall.
4/5 & 8/10

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