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Volatile {Dj-Abbic}

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So, after 4 weeks (only 2 of which were spent on this), it's finished, just before I turn 16 :). This is the first time I've tried mastering a track and also my first time using the record button.

Anyway, all the synths you hear are made in Sytrus. Hopefully I did decent job with mixing/mastering (compared to the WIP) and it doesn't sound muddy to you.





House? Doesn't sound like it at first...

The Good:
-That's a sweet intro, I really like it. The buildup to the part with the reversed kick is sweeeeet.
-When 1:01 hits, it sounds really nice.
-At about 2:08, yay the strings are back. Great idea with the pitch sliding of them too!
-You say all the synths are made in Sytrus? That makes it pretty darn impressive, actually.
-The buildup at about 2:48 is pretty darn awesome.
-The outro is better than a lot I've heard with house. Thank you so much for putting in the effort to make one - that's somewhat rare, it seems.

The Not-So-Good:
-0:31 what happened to my cellos? :( Also, the snare run gets almost annoying due to how quantized it is.
-After 1:01, there's not really that much going on if I'm going to be honest. I noticed that you said this was influenced by "complextro", and I have to say - this doesn't sound very complex... Fairly basic without many different melodic or harmonic ideas.
-Transition at 1:45 is somewhat disappointing, there's this buildup and then it just instantly cuts to minimalistic sound.
-Unfortunately, the transition at about 2:48 has one flaw... the way it lets things just stay up in the air is a tad disappointing though and makes it lose some tension that shouldn't be lost.
-At 2:59 and 3:13, what in the heck did you do to the drums? Granted, it's nice that you tried something different, but it doesn't really work. Sounds more awkward than cool. :<
-Repetition is hitting this track pretty hard, but ironically a lack of consistency is also hitting it. The overall sound of it is very constant, repeatable, boring-ish. However, it sounds like the second major part after the breakdown is different with the melodies and some of the ideas that were in the first part before the breakdown.

Overall: It's definitely house. Better house than what I've heard - if you want to make it better generic house, I'd suggest having a bit more complexity in the melody, a bit more compositional formatting, and some more atmosphere to tease the ears with. If you want to make it more original, try having more orchestral instruments in it, or experimental instruments. Also try to have different sections which might not normally be in house. Remember too that fluid transitions are important!

-Review Request Club-

DjAbbic responds:

Hi, thanks a lot for the detailed review.

I'd just like to point out that while complextro is slightly melodic, it is a lot more focused on groove, which is where the complexity is supposed to be and is what I have aimed for here. As for your other concerns (and compliments!), I have noted them. It is great to get multiple opinions, especially because I rather liked my transitions and drum pauses.

And I do get what you mean by this track being repetitive and inconsistent. It was, after all, an experimental (as are the rest of my tracks) and I'm just aiming to improve my sound quality and sound design for now.

And I do try to make my transitions fluid, although it may not seem like it here :)

Once again, thank you a lot for the detailed review.

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Nice intro you have there.
The clap/snare thing at needs to shift a few milliseconds later, since it sounds a bit off (in terms of timing).
Never thought I'd say this, but the complex bit needs more wubs. This sounds more electro without those wubs, man.

DjAbbic responds:

The clap/snare is offbeat a tiny amount to make it sound fatter, so it was done on purpose.

Also, not all complextro has wubs. My inspirations, such as Wolfgang Gartner, Porter Robinson and Overwerk do not have wubs in their tracks, yet the track sounds complex.

I know that someone like Mord Fustang uses wubs, and I love it, but when I made this, I was not thinking about wubs at all, mainly because it's was influenced by complextro which had no wubs.

I'll see what I can do to incorporate some wubs in my next track though, and see how it turns out.

Thanks a lot for your review :)

i especially loved the beggining with the building up to the major bulk of the song! good job!

DjAbbic responds:

Thanks :)

Its slow for me but once you hear the climax you'll really dance. I'll give it a 4/5 and keep it up I think you can do better.

DjAbbic responds:

Thanks for the review. Perhaps you could tell me what can be better so that I can improve with my next track?

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Credits & Info


4.43 / 5.00

Jan 24, 2013
8:17 PM EST
File Info
10.3 MB
4 min 30 sec

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