Focus Fire: Candor

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Candor is a combination of trance and breakbeat, using mostly breakbeat rhythm, but at the same time deep drums, and then simple trance synths aswell as the very iconic ones up top to create something unusual.

My opinion of this song is that I think it's one of my better ones, yet only due to the last breakdown and the progression of the beat. I think I could've been more subtle with the drums at the start, even though the huge pounding has its own strange kind of charm. :P


Nice heavy kicks, but I think you chose the wrong lead synths. They sound stiff.

Berkebus responds:

I think that mostly has to do with how easy the melody is of this piece. The synths cover up a very small part of the piano compared to anything else i've made. I mostly chose to do so because the rhythm hardly allowed for adding complicated melodies. I tried but it didn't sound as well as I had hoped, so I sticked to what would be the ending of the song as the most impressive, while keeping the synths in the start relatively simple.

The drums have way too much reverb. They drown out the lower end, causing it to sound muddy and making it hard to enjoy the bassline. It also makes them sound really far away and unclear. The huge pounding might have it's charm, but it hurts the song after a while.

You actually seem to have put reverb on your entire track. This is like plastering a hamburger with salt. Salt is good in small parts for a few things, not for everything and not alot of it at once. If it were just the synths that had the reverb, or if the drums had a little less, I think it would be much better. But that's just me.

The track itself is well arranged, with very nice melodies and such layered across the track. That breakdown towards the end is really well done. And the drum patterns might have too much reverb, but they are nicely made.

Berkebus responds:

Thanks for the counter-review! And yes, I did use a lot of reverb for the drums, mostly to give it a rather dark echo-chamber feel, though I agree that in the beginning it rules over everything else too much, while at the end it gets low (though that's actually positive for the final break).

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3.43 / 5.00

Mar 7, 2012
8:51 AM EST
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4.5 MB
4 min 53 sec

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