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Ok so I will try to approach this critically. First thing I noticed is the gate on that opening pad (thats your voice? good job on that btw!). I think the gate works well for most of the song except the intro in where I think it's too chunky. I would use a slower pattern for the first part. Try to take in mind when you are sampling and editing things to be instruments what the actual instruments fundamental is. So like a kick drums fundamental frequency is somewhere near 50 to 100 so make sure to try to sample things that might be near that(like kicking a leather couch or a mattress would bring you closer). This way you have more sound to work with near the range you want..
Some stuff I would have done thats more so taste:
I would have beefed up that pad more by doubling, fattening, and using chorus and reverb (not that you didnt do any of those, but if done properly could be much more layered.) I would have used an LP filter on one signal in the double and HP on the other cutting them off somewhere near the fundamental. I also would have mixed in a wee little bit of white noise.
As for EQing I would look for 2 sweet spots in the pad. A high and low for clarity/crispness and thickness. Then I would have counter EQd it to the interfering percs as much as I could without effecting the timbre quality.
What kind of recording set up do you have? Like are you recording at a higher sample rate and word length then Red Book audio?
Thanks for reviewing. :D
I did work on the intro the most, too. At first it was too empty, so I brought in that second higher pitched pad that isn't gated. After EQing it too fit, the thing sounded much less clear, though I didn't notice it at first. It also shows much more on here than in FL Studio. I'll obviously still be working on this, so I'll probably being doing alot of changes to the pad that you talked about and see how it helps.
Now when you say doubling the pad, do you make two seperate channels?
As for the kick, as far as I can tell (I was thinking about it much while recording though, so it was just luck) it does have alot of 50-100 naturally, I just boosted some (alot) highs because I liked the sound. :P
Also as far as I can tell, I'm recording at the same rates. I'm using 512 samples and obviously 44100Hz according to ASIO4ALL. I'm just plugging a mic in the computer and recording straight into Edison.