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The Rise

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Spent about a week and a half on this. Longest project I've done. Hope it shows. I'm sick of the song because I've had to listen to it 50-60 times. Haha!

Please let me know what you think!


I have not heard of your other songs so I can't really compare. This is what I thought.

Piano sounds a bit bland to me. The pattern is somewhat happy so that is good cause I like happy themed music. I liked the bass filter to help indicate a approaching climax.

0:22 Unfortunately, you didn't change the composition at all. The new instrument is playing the exact same pattern as the piano. Bass pattern is nothing to be impressed with. Like the previous review, your drums are poor. I would say it isn't the lack of audibility to them because I hear them clearly. Its just you use a bland pattern. Your extra harmonies don't really add to the song at all. Just because you add staccatos to your instrument, that doesn't mean the same pattern is being used.

The long loops so there really isn't much more to talk about. I think you spent too much time listening to your track rather than building upon it because I see this as a 1:22 song...not 3:45. However, everyone has their opinion right?

Here are my suggestions. You want music to be an art right? Well you don't paint the same picture as everyone else does. Create your own unique art. Secondly, spend more time working on your instruments. It can take a few days just to make one instrument. Thirdly, from personal experience I find if you listen to your song too many times when producing it that the momentum to build upon the song hits a stand still. Efficient use of time is wasted just listening what has already been made. Fourthly, mess around with automation. Add in some fx to your instruments. And last but not least, drums are an important part of any dance song. Don't neglect it or rush it by slapping on a preset drum loop and think that's done.

Overall, you will get better overtime. Take more time with your songs. Maybe spend 3 weeks to make one. Best of luck in your future projects. 5/5

Xsalvaz responds:

Wow. Great review!
I couldn't agree more. I started really trying to make songs only about 6 months ago. I do it just for hobby, when I'm bored. It's mostly for my sake, I like the melody, so I made it into a song. But I share because, well, why not? Then I can get great reviews and improve my skills (or lack thereof). Most of my previous songs were done in one night. 4 hours tops. I really am just beginning and need to find a balance and my own style. Awesome review.
Thanks! And the best of luck to you.

I think the song starts well.
The intro sounds nice with the piano line and the synth growing at the same time.
Yet I think that the piano line would sound better if it was more fluid and organic, it sounds too electronic in my opinion.
The biggest disappointment in your song for me is the drum line.
you have your kick audible , thats ok, yet your snare is very low.
But i think that opinions always differ when the subject is "drum EQ"...
I like the synth that you used at 02:07, nice sounding one!
I think your composition is good, strong and simple.
The music grows in an interesting way.
I love your transitions, the break downs and buildups that you made are strong and very inteligent.
You sure have good skills. :)
You did a good work.

Xsalvaz responds:

Thanks very much for your review!
I agree that the "drum EQs" are always based on personal opinion. If it can be heard, it's EQ debatable. I was going for the strong and simple dance style. One that will get in your head and make you tap your foot. I took extra time on transitions because mine usually suck. Haha!
If you tapped your foot or bobbed your head, my job here is done.

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4.08 / 5.00

Jan 27, 2013
12:25 PM EST
File Info
4.3 MB
3 min 46 sec

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