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Mass Effect

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I was playing the original mass effect video game, and a song on there really inspired me to make a spacey, aural trance tune, and I love the way this turned out.


It started off very subtle, then you shoved generic "hard beats" from a drum in the listeners face which kind of over-shadowed many of the other tunes. There is only one above it and it was some kind of "rising and falling" dance/techno thing that is also very generic. After that ended it started to pick up into a bit more of a fast paced song which still didn't seem to "capture" Mass Effect for me (nit-picking a bit, but I'm a huge fan of the series books and all). It felt way too dancy and trancy to be in the ambient section also.

Over all I'd give it a zero because..

- It failed to capture what you were portraying (not a big deal but its misleading you know?)
- It felt far too generic. You should work on using original looping instead of what everyone else uses (you have some talent so give it a shot)
- It was very fast paced but at the same time it was the same thing over and over and over, like I said try to come up with something more original and slower for this kind of genre. You want the music to flow very smoothly and have very subtle sounds and tones to it, nothing too harsh or too fast for ambient.

Over all its good for a generic techno song but very poor for ambient. I know you can do better so I'm looking forward to your next piece.

Destroyerrrr responds:

Well, first off, I wasn't trying to remix a song or write a Mass Effect soundtrack song, I was merely inspired by the Mass Effect score to go for a certain sound, and I write mostly trance and house music. Therefor, this was supposed to be a trance track inspired by some tracks on the Mass Effect score. Not a pure ambient track.

I have no idea what you mean by original looping vs whatever you think I did. I wrote out a percussion channel and then applied a glitch effect generating plugin to all instruments in the percussion channel, then created an automation track and varied the amount the plugin would affect the instruments at different points in the track. I also don't understand how what I did is what everyone else uses, I felt it was a pretty original track.

Thirdly, I can agree that a certain part of the track, mainly the trance stabs, were repetitive. However, many songs in the mainstream, in many different genres, use this technique. What I probably failed to do was build in and out of periods where I was using the stabs, and have a bassline in the background where even though the stabs themselves do not change, the bassline changing affects how you hear the stabs and doesn't seem at all repetitive. Then again, I'm not perfect.

I do appreciate your constructive criticism, however, respectfully I disagree with why you gave some of the criticism, and while I admit that I am by no means the best producer out there, I do think this track is worth more than zero stars.

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4.24 / 5.00

May 16, 2012
6:29 PM EDT
File Info
5.3 MB
2 min 55 sec

Licensing Terms

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