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Dec 26, 2012 | 4:57 PM EST
File Info
Song
11.3 MB
4 min 57 sec
Score
4.22 / 5.00

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Score:
Rated 4.22 / 5 stars
Plays & Downloads:
636 Plays | 23 Downloads
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Genres:
Electronic - Dance
Tags:
dance
instrumental
melodic
tooawesome

Author Comments

A dance track with my usual heavy focus on melody.

Reviews


no-ma-designsno-ma-designs

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Okay, so I can't really find any fault with the compositional aspects of the song; it's quite an interesting mix of trance and dance you've got here. So I'll just concentrate on the more sound-oriented parts that could help. The first thing I have to say is you should mix the track a little more. It sounds a little like your levels are overriding each other a little, particularly when that high distorted noise synth transition comes in (0:30, 0:57, 2:08, etc.). Try turning off any compressors or limiters you might have in the mastering chain, moving your individual track volumes to a maximum of about -3 DB, seeing if it clips anywhere, and adjusting the individual levels accordingly to get the sound you want. I think your bass might be just a wee bit loud, personally, but it's your call.

Trying to play a little to your style here, try low-passing all your tonal instruments aside from the bass at 100-400 Hz, depending on what frequencies you want to emphasize. Low-passing the bass at 40-60 Hz can help to bring out the kick, too. High-passing the tonals from around 5 kHz to 15 kHz can open up space for your hi-hats, cymbals and high effects, too. Most importantly, you'll be able to hear the high and low ranges at lower volumes, which'll decrease your pre-production RMS (so you can make it LOUDAH!). The bass can be hi-passed from 1 kHz to 10 kHz depending on your sound preferences. Side-chaining some, most, or all of the sounds to the kick in varying degrees might also give the tune a bit more danceability. EQing down some of your extreme hi- and low-end range (say, beneath 60 Hz and above 15 kHz), as well as the mid-range (maybe 300-1,000 Hz), in the master might also help to get everything nice 'n peachy.

Finally, there's a fairly wide stereo field, but you might be able to hear everything a little better if you narrow down the individual drum and tonal track widths and pan your melody slightly harder to the side (usually make an exception for the atmospheric effects and pads, though). I'd narrow down the kick (without narrowing the kick reverb too much) especially. Just make sure that very, very center of the mix is reserved for your low and very-low-mid range kick, bass, and snare. Some mid-side processing might also help to get those high frequencies outside so you can lower their volume a bit.

Oh, and double-finally, (totes not trying to patronize, just making a disclaimer of sorts) take any of your own preferences over mine or anyone else's if they end up contradicting each other.

Peace and love,

No.Ma.D.


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GershBeats responds:

This is the hugest and most helpful review of anything I've ever seen. You're obviously well-aquainted with mixing techniques so I'll probably give myself a few hours at some point, make a copy of this song, and try to implement everything you said here. Thanks so much this is critique at its finest!

Also I'll be sure to check some of your stuff.


DylnmatrixDylnmatrix

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Interesting melody, the song definitely started head-nodding for me.

Pros:
-The melody is nice and simple in the beginning and starts getting more complicated as the song progresses.
-Most of the transitions are nice and clean, they don't cut off too much from the feel of the track.
-The rhythm you had the melody do at around 2:30-ish was interesting. It felt weird at first, but once the beat and everything else kicked in at 2:50, it started to work a lot better with the track.
-Mixing seems fine to me. Not too loud or too quiet.

A few Cons about the track:
-The first transition. It's okay, but could be a lot better (not really sure how though, sorry ^^;). But you already know this.
-When the melody starts doing its funky rhythm with just the drums behind it (2:40-ish), it didn't really work and the way the rhythm was sounded kind of sloppy to me. It works once everything else comes back in at around 2:50, but it just doesn't work for me that much before then. I'm not exactly sure how you could introduce that rhythm better so that it would work, though. Maybe have the rhythm with the sixteenth notes come in at 2:50 with everything, introduce it a bit slower? It might work better for me then.

Other than that iffy first transition and the way you introduced the melody's interesting rhythm, this is a nice song. Definite head-bobbing material. Good job

Dylnmatrix

It feels weird asking for this in a review, but could you possibly review my latest piece "Love Is Powerful" and maybe check out "No Chance of Survival"? I'd really like some new reviews on those pieces as I just recently updated them to finished versions. Thanks!


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GershBeats responds:

Thanks for the comprehensive review! I'm pretty aware of all the things you said, but it's good to have it clarified. I'll definitely re-release in a day or 2.

Also I'm happy to check your stuff out! I can't do it now but I will soon.