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Midnight Lights {7x}

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- NGADM 2012, Round 2 -

This is probably one of, if not my best song to date. I'm up against the legendary TroisNyxEtienne this round though, so it's going to take everything I have.

This song has it all: Sidechaining, sweeps, filters, phasers, panning, and even a sexy sax solo or two. I worked my arse off on it, and I hope it shows (the hard work that is, not my arse). Regardless of this round's results, I'm pretty proud of this submission.

Fun fact: this song is 174bpm, and coincidentally also has 174 bars (including the last several seconds).



Good mix.

The intro is great - it quickly and neatly introduced the listener to the track with lush filter sweeps, a standard breakbeat, neat chords and wide, rich sounds. The sax is a good addition that brings a sense of authenticity to the song, which is very much needed in a genre like this. The opposite could be said about the wobbly synth right after that, which sounds more or less uninspired and out of place, especially since we live in a time where everything that starts to remind one of dubstep immediately feels a bit cliched. c;

Mixing is good, there aren't too many elements in the song that could cause problems but the ones you have fill the frequency spectrum nicely enough. The drums do snap nicely but they're truly utterly boring as hell. They go on and on without dynamic variation apart from a few fills where one would expect them, and without tonal variation apart from a few filter sweeps - for 4 full minutes. And nothing about it makes it stand out from other bland breakbeats.

Mostly this same lack of variation and interesting new content goes for the entire track and is the one big blatant problem with this track.


NGADM 2 and stuff.

I really like the idea behind this song, mixing a softer bluesy-ish type feel with the sax, some light orchestral influence and of course, DnB. It's a cool idea, and it's something I'd like to hear more of.
However, to be honest, I was left feeling a bit dissatisfied as aside from the occasional lift with the orchestral influences or the sections with the sax, it was fairly standard and cliche, as well as quite repetitive.

All that aside, I still thought the use of a sax in a DnB song was brilliant, and it fit in well, I just wish the underlying song had a little more attitude to it. 7/10.

Hey man! I am going through all the NGADM entries and reviewing them for myself. This site has a lot of talent on it and I thought you would enjoy another review that could possibly help you improve. Anyway, I really thought this review was mastered very well. All of them sounds were crisp, creamy, and smooth. The instrumentation chosen was a great idea and matched the flow very well. Your use of filtering was carried out great in most areas. I thought you should have experimented more so in the bitcrushing and phasing categories, however, to help spicen up your sounds.

It's always good to expand your horizens and broadened your talents with different sounds. It is what keeps a song interesting and moving right along. Most dubstep / drum n bass tracks I hear on here tend to stay at one idea and continue throughout that idea, using the hell out of it. Instead of having one idea on there, try to incorporate multiple ideas at once. The thing is with drum n bass... is that EVERYONE uses that same fucking beat. Try edging up that beat and changing it into something new... glitch it out, go into a different beat form, and bring it back. Put some originality into it.

All in all, youve got a nice, solid, generic, well mixed track that is enjoyable to listen to. I would recommend trying to veer off into another direction, giving the whole drum n bass song your very own style. Experiment a bit and see what sort of awesome sounds you end up producing. Generic is fun, sure, but originality is really what brings "holy fuck thats awesome" into a song.

This sounds mostly like standard DnB fare to me.
However, I liked your usage of Saxophone.

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Credits & Info


4.40 / 5.00

Aug 23, 2012
11:19 PM EDT
Drum N Bass
File Info
9.2 MB
4 min 1 sec

Licensing Terms

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