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Apr 27, 2010 | 2:47 AM EDT
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7.4 MB
4 min 37 sec
4.39 / 5.00

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Forgive me, it's late, I'm tired. I will post some comments that are worth your time tomorrow.

In the mean time, enjoy my latest, most intricate dubstep track. I did my best to accomplish a professional sound. Alas, I fell short in the mastering some, and the file size was too large for NG. =`(

If you have any suggestions for me, feel free to lemme know what's up. I'm rather proud of this one because I discovered how to make a formant bass, found out how Skream made his bass, and created the first official segment of "metalstep" (You'll see what I mean when you hear it.) And, it's my submission for the semifinals of the Newgrounds Audio Deathmatch (I'm up against Gravey...he's gotten #1 songs on the All-Time Best Scoring in the weeks past, and his "Orchestral Theme 2" is currently one of the "Best of the Week"...great NG artist, I wish I had his mastering skills...oh well, wish me luck! =P).

Anyway, hope you enjoy this one!




Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Mixing needs work

Yep you're right about the mixing, it could use alot of extra work.

Except for the melody I can't really fault this, it's good and atmospheric at the start, a fine bass drops in.

About the bass, seems like you have 3? different kinds of basses running. the one that firstly drops in is awesome, then the other one that follows right after sounds abit gritty, dunno if it's supposed to be like that or that it's just a tad too loud that it generates abit of noise..

Well those are the only points of improvement I can see here, rest has the qualities for a top dubstep track!

9/10 5/5

PS: Check out my page for some dubstep aswell ^^

mr-jazzman responds:

Yeah, that mixing job is a little wonky. Didn't do much with it, to be honest. =\ I'm gonna take care of this ASAP, I wanna try and diminish some of the loudness of it. Yeah, that second bass is way too loud, and honestly that's probably the biggest problem right there. I'll probably make an addition to this track soon, just to take care of some of the noise in it (alas, I was running outta time for the NGADM; I wanted to finish the track as best I could first, which I was barely able to finish =P). Anyway, glad you liked it, and I'll be sure to check your stuff out too...I think I already have some! ;)


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


...I don't review my competition. But I feel I should since a point was made below that is simply stupid. The bass, as much as I hate dubstep the bass in this song is perfect.

If it wasn't for the wobbly bass synth in this song, this wouldn't be dubstep. I felt I had to mention this because below it was said that the bass is corny. No, its not corny, its dubstep. Without this bass the song isn't dubstep.

I'm not a fan of this sort of music. I find the composition of dubstep to be obnoxious with the bass in your face all the time. But to sit and say the bass is corny is like saying "synths are overused in electro music." Without the synths an electro song would no longer be electro, thus is this style of bass within dubstep.

As far as dubstep goes, this is a really good song. In fact, I find it much less obnoxious than anything I've been shown by friends on Youtube by well known dubstep artists.

The one thing this lacks is the overall mix. It sounds like everything is competing within the song. Like the compression is so hard it is causing instruments to get sorta halfish side-chained and wobbly. The bass should be wobbly, not the overall mix. Also, I just didn't get the feel of a unified group of instruments in this. There is synths, that wicked bass, some sort of wooden block percussion, a piano, I mean a total hodgepodge of instruments. Which is fine, as long as they mesh well. Wasn't so sure they did here.

But other than the mix, I think this is solid.

5/5 and 9/10 overall. I don't hate dubstep quite as much as I did before.


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mr-jazzman responds:

Thank you so much Gravey! I can't tell you how much this means to me. Thank you for sitting down and taking time to write me a decent review, even though you don't like dubstep much. (Haha I used to be the same way... I just figured it was good to expand my understanding, ya know? Next thing you know, I'll end up with some EastWest in my hands and I'll be producing some classical stuff lol. ;) ). Yeah, I can see what you mean about the compression and what not; to be honest, I think this is one of the biggest problems right here. As for meshing...>sigh<...well, this is one of the problems I had with the whole tune in the first place. At first, there were too many empty spaces, and now there seem to be too little places for breath -- and this is something I just caught on to today. I think it may be the way that I approached this song in the first place. I started out with a formula for the song (believe it or not, I was gonna add vocals in there to fill out the sound, but that didn't happen when my freaking computer speakers went haywire on me >=( ), but then the thing just expanded into something else...hence, the instruments blended, and I went off in a direction that I wasn't entirely sure would work, but ended up nicely in my opinion because of its experimental nature. There are definitely things I want to improve upon from here on out, but I just spent way too much time on this track for the results not to come to fruition, if you know what I mean. Anyway, thanks for the review a whole lot man, and may the "better song" win! =)

P.S. I'm glad I could sway you a little bit with the lessened obnoxiousness. This was my plan; as you can see, I don't like fitting the formula, going with what the wave of the crowd does. I can sense the same thing in you. This is why, though we're not professionals yet, we have the potential to get there soon. You seem like you've got some studio time under your belt; I'm hoping I get the same sort of experience when the band Nothing More starts to record their second major studio album, and maybe something good will come of that. We'll see.

But anyway, thanks again man! And don't be afraid to review your competitor's work man; I've reviewed my friendly competition throughout the entire deathmatch, gave em some advice, etc., because I figure they could use it to their benefit and simultaneously know that the competition is actually interested in their song.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Bizzare bass

This song has a beautiful melody, but I feel that you sacrificed it for the purpose of having a psychotic bass just to make it a dubstep song. The intro is wonderful, and 2:45 is nothing short of divine; but these brief moments of melodic complexity are crushed by the overbearing power of the crazy bass synths, drums and effects that clearly only exist in an attempt to make the song sound more epic. While you succeeded at making an epic song, I feel like it went in the completely wrong direction. The atmosphere here has a hint of SessileNomad's work, and taking it in a more melodic fashion may have produced a result that was just as epic and maybe a little more appealing.

Honestly that bass just sounds corny.


The only two people in this competition who ever had mastering skills were bjra and xkore.

mr-jazzman responds:

Yes. This song was fully intended to be a dubstep song from the beginning. Never did I want it to be of any other genre except for dubstep, so I did my best to create a cool melody and weave it into the region of dubstep. Yes. The bass is overbearing because it is dubstep, which I like to think of as a slower version of intense DnB, meaning that a humongous emphasis on the bass will be required more so than in other genres, such as trance or techno, or even DnB for that matter (with DnB, the melody is usually faster-paced, so the bass just kinda molds in with it; here, the bass actually CREATES the melody, intensity, and drive all at the same time). Yes. The drums and effects were there to blow your mind; without them, the track would sound empty as hell and boring as balls, and I wouldn't want to waste your time with that. No. The song didn't go in the wrong direction; it was experimental, which was what I wanted and got in a genre that's not entirely developed and has a huge amount of experimental potential. I can see how SessileNomad sneaks in here, but my melodies aren't trance or techno, as his are; he's a little bit too happy for me lol. No. That bass is not corny. If you must hear a corny bass, check out most of the random dubstep songs here on NG and you'll discover it (a square bass that opens up with no power whatsoever is people's definition of the "dirty bass," which is not true; I highly recommend you check out Bar9's "Motion" and tell me it's a corny song, or Skream's "Filth" and tell me it's a corny song, or Nero's "Act Like You Know" and tell me it's a corny song, or Pendulum's "Set Me On Fire" and tell me it's a corny song...and corny because the bass is, sir, none of these tracks are corny). No. You're wrong about the mastering skills; you've got some, for starters (not to mention a boatload of EQing skills that I have yet to develop even though we're the same age, which is embarrassing for me because I really should be EQing like that because I'm a college student but still EQ like a middle-schooler), and Gravey has some as well...even though his current song has a lot of reverb on the instruments, but this is simply because it's an orchestral song and requires it (sounds good enough to me, and it would fit well in a video game). Sir, you need to learn how to "get into the shoes of the author" and understand what's up with the song before you discredit it to such proportions. I'll give you the fact that the bass sounds bad because of its loudness, but NOT because it sounds cheesy or corny; I worked with that bass to accomplish the opposite of your claim. It's supposed to be a grimy, filthy-ass dubstep bass, which is exactly what it is, and I have no shame in saying it. You just can't stand it because it's a dubstep tune...and well, it's loud as hell, but we both know that. Meh, I kinda expected this sort of feedback on NG, but that doesn't mean I like it. This is exactly why you're not judging for the NGADM: You can't get into the author's shoes, so it seems. You don't really think in terms of what somebody desires from the feedback, do you? Most people, when they get a review, want to hear something they can improve on. You seem to do this, usually, but you definitely didn't do it on this one. I don't know what you have against dubstep tunes (and this tune certainly sounds better than that metal song you reviewed that sparked controversy), but if you didn't like it because of its genre (which is what you're suggesting), then I can't credit this review much, sorry. =\ The only thing I can do is thank you for noticing the epicness, which is fair enough.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

haha nice one

1:40 ftw ;D best luck man

mr-jazzman responds:

Thanks, glad you liked my "metalstep" preview! =) It's something I'm definitely gonna carry over into later projects. In fact, I might make a song on this order...THAT'S gonna be a blast to make lol. Thanks for the luck too man; I'm gonna need it, taking on Mr. Behemoth Gravey lol. (I at least hope this one comes close... =P)


Rated 5 / 5 stars


Dude I totally loved this song :) Perfect addition to Newgrounds!

mr-jazzman responds:

I'm glad ya liked it man! Good to hear.