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You guys never seem to like my ambient tracks that much. I hope this is an exception! :) Made mostly in October 2012 with Hurricane Sandy raging outside. I saved it just hours before the power went out! ;) 4 hours total work in FL 10. Based largely off of an old Garageband piece I made in 7th grade. I imagined a prosperous Asian village slowly torn apart by a typhoon. I tried to capture the feelings of loss and forlornness experienced by the villagers more than the violence of the storm. Anyway, thanks for listening, and enjoy! :D

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FL pluck! Yey! I like the melodies you've put down, but it definitely feels a bit mechanical - modulating the velocity gives it a more natural feel. The kick does seem a bit out of place... a bit subbassy for a piece like this, but that's just me. The track has a bit of an empty feel at times - not the emotion empty, but an actual lack of fill. This would be okay if maybe there were some more subtle soft pads/soft percs going on waaaay in the back, but currently it feels a bit... artificial. Not sure if I'm describing it correctly. But reverb can sound artificial if it's not done right... The sidechain from the kick (if that's what it is) cuts off the pluck sound a bit abruptly. All in all though, I enjoyed the track :)

Thank you for the listen, and keep it up! ^^ Cheers!

TaintedLogic responds:

Thank you yet again, Khrossfire! ^^ Yeah, I have gotten that "mechanical" complaint before, and I definitely agree with your comment on the lack of fill. The sidechain from the kick you're referring to I also understand completely. I'm trying to move away from using limiters in my tracks now per the suggestion of Johnfn (below). I'm glad you enjoyed it, though, and thanks so much for reviewing! ;D

Ha! I recognized the FL plucked instantly. Makes me nostalgic for FL... good times.

Here come a lot of suggestions. Before that though I should say that overall this is a pretty good piece, and I think you definitely achieved your goal of capturing loss from a storm. I especially like how the strings come in at :58.

Alright here we go!

My first suggestion is that the plucked melody feels very mechanical. I don't hear much in the way of varied velocities. It's pretty simple to do and will make your pluck sound a lot better instantly. Honestly I'm not the hugest fan of plucked - it might be better to find some other VST - but that could be just because I've heard it so many times.

The kick is a bit of a shock with the pluck, I'm not sure if they traditionally go together. Suggestion is to put some reverb on a snare or something and see how that fits in. Unlike the last guy I don't think it's off beat. However you are probably confusing your listeners because there's not much in way of other percussion to guide you through the song. Some subtle hi hats could do wonders to keep your listeners grounded.

I hear the strings pushing on the limiter at 1:29. A really important tip is that you should just throw out the limiter entirely, and ensure by hand that your song never goes into the red. This single tip has done more for my mixing than anything else.

Melodies need some work. At first I thought they were totally random. But when I focused really hard, i realized I was wrong. This is good! But if I'm zoning out then I can't follow them at all, which is bad. Try to simplify your melodies and cut them down. This will make them easier to understand.

Alright, that's all I've got! Good luck! And don't be too down by all my criticism. It's not as bad as the review makes it sound xD

TaintedLogic responds:

Thank you so much, Johnfn! :D What a detailed and thoughtful review! ^^ I've been thinking for a while now of making a track where I really focus on using the mixer and on the quality of the sound more than the notes themselves, and I think I just got some motivation! :D Thanks again for the continuous support! :)

I like it! What is the oriental sounding thing you used? Whatever it is, I like it!

TaintedLogic responds:

Thanks, Gamakaze! :D It's a preset from the "Plucked" plug-in. I didn't even modify it. It just fit perfectly with the song! :) I really appreciate the constant support! ;)

Credits & Info

3.54 / 5.00

Jun 24, 2013
6:47 PM EDT
File Info
3.7 MB
3 min 14 sec

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