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Drop Bottom Combat Theme

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Would be nice battle music in a game or whatnots. Please vote/review!


Not great, not bad

This is catchy. It reminds me of many a game soundtrack battle theme. Effectively named, that. It's a bit short, the 303-ish bass lacks diversity (a changeup every now and then wouldn't hurt), the lead synth is outright annoying (of course, what game OST lead synth isn't?), but taken with a grain of salt and the right application, this may come in handy for a flash artist. It doesn't really hold its own as a complete song; as a loop it may, but then the problem is that it doesn't perfectly loop. The mixing is okay, but not particularly sharp. The cymbals (especially hi-hats) could be a bit louder, a 3-6dB boost (Q=3) to 12k on them may make a significant difference. I may be mistaking, but it sounds like you mastered it with the Reason multiband.. that's all well and good, but it doesn't tend to give much and in this case I can hear it pumping. This would probably fit reasonably well in an action/adventure game, but I'm not optomistic about its musical merit standalone. Then again, perhaps it isn't intended to be standalone in the first place. In short: not great, but not bad either.

tedJohnston responds:

hey, thanks for the review!

yeah, about that lead synth...it's WAYY too loud. made this song on my crappy headphones...i guess the extended version doesn't help too much either, eh?

hi-hats...hmm. i like to have hi-hats alot quieter than most people; most techno artists LOVE to pump their hi-hats up as loud as can be <- pet peeve of mine.

as for the mastering, the Reason Vocoder was soooo yesterday (am i sounding like a valley girl?). with version 3.0, they've integrated a whole new Mastering Suite which includes some crazy EQ'ing tools. i can't hear any of the pumping you're talking about. perhaps it's the "sound optimization" settings on your sound card? (turn those things off! they're usually nothing more than a crappy compressor ^_-). check out Reason 3.0 and the new Mastering Suite, it works wonders.

overall, your review is pretty fair. i didn't intend this to be a masterpiece in any way, and i guess its actually accomplished its purpose.

thanks for reviewing! cheers an g'day.

-Ted Johnston

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3.18 / 5.00

Jul 2, 2005
9:31 PM EDT
File Info
1.1 MB
46 sec

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Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.