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Hi there,

I'm back, with this beautiful piece of contrast. A very kind of "real Instrument" section at the start followed up by my hard hitting electro sounds.
I started with the piano theme, which I enjoyed really much. Then I wanted to underline that phrase with some nice slappy bass. The drums should sound like a hybrid between electronic and analog. The bassdrum sound is very "housey" and electronic though so it can cut through the electro parts more easily. After that was done I designed the electro bass sounds which are mostly additive synth sounds (mainly harmor) and some Massive thrown in there for good measure.
Then I finished it off with an arp which fills out the upper frequency register and tah dah, we got a nice little electro track with a funky analog throwback at the start, end and in between.

I'm as always open for feedback and now please enjoy the song.

EDIT: Song is Remixed and Remastered, should be a lot better now! ^^

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Great song. I really like the textures and overall production.

Voltus responds:

Thanks for the kind words, I sat months at this thing to get it right :D

I'm feeling some earlier daft punk vibes here. Pretty funky with that piano and bass duet. Love that electro bassline! It fed into the track with ease.

I wonder if its worth while looking to add some vocals to this.

My only problem is the mastering. I feel aspects could be clearer as some frequencies clash.

Voltus responds:

I fixed that mastering thing by now. I think it sounds a lot better!

Man... I have a LOT to learn. This is soooo good!

Voltus responds:

I'm glad you like it! :D

Alirght, I promised another review, here goes! Keep in mind I'm just another musician and I'm not meant to be taken as the ultimate critic for things, so please take this review as it should be taken: a mere reflection of my personal opinion :)

Before I start, I must say I really like those piano chords: brilliant! They drew me in instantly :D

While the bassline works, it's too low. You've got a slappy bass that plays in lows, but you've also got those piano chords playing real low. This gives a weird feeling to the track which I'm not sure I like. That arped synth helps bring back the balance a bit afterwards, however I'm not sure on this one.

I find the drums to sound a bit more electronic than analog: one problem with them is that they're all played with the exact same strength. While this may be good in some cases, doing it with real instruments (like your rides here) makes it sound like it was made from a computer, which highly contrasts with the piano in the background which sounds very natural. This is fine, in a way, but then again it also sounds very systematic and inversely, not very dynamic. Try adjusting the velocity of those drums (especially the hats and rides!), throw in some randomness, and see if it works better! :P

The electro part was fine, maybe a bit boring to my taste. It feels kinda bland and doesn't really make me want to stand up and dance myself off. There's not much change in the way the notes are played. One thing it also misses is a subbass as a base, right now you've got a lead kinda floating in the air. Adding a bassline will most likely help consolidate the track. Be careful to mix it properly too, you don't want to hide the kick or to make the whole track sound muddy!

Overall, I felt the track was long. I was bored after a while, there's nothing too new coming in and lengthens the song quite a lot. If you can avoid duplicating the structure and patterns to double up the length of the track, it's best not to. You've got to keep working to find the sweet spot where the track doesn't feel so long that you want to stop it midway but not too short that you don't have any substance: the perfect length, where you'll want to keep replaying it over and over again!

I like this, but it's still lacking! Keep working on it, you'll get there! ;3

Lol, you've already explained what the structure is of the song. Yeah, it is indeed funky at some points.
For 6:13 long, this song is somewhat repetitive I would make some new parts, like a 1/3 beat somewhere in this song and add some more synths. It would really fit, I think! Also -in my opinion- I miss a cool build with a snare roll and a bassdrop a nd a rising sound! ;)

Though, It's a good song and I like it! Favorited too!

Voltus responds:

Glad that you liked it, thanks for your review. I didn't want to make a "standart" buildup because that's kind of what everybody does now and I guess I want to be a hipster :D, but seriously though it is getting kind of old for me so I didn't do it. With a halftime beat (I guess is what you meant) the song would have been to dubstepish for my liking and I thought that wouldn't have fitted with the "funky" theme which this song is built around.

But I might do a dubstep song next ;) (and I will include all those filthy Ideas of yours if you like it or not :D)

Credits & Info


4.74 / 5.00

Nov 27, 2013
3:16 PM EST
File Info
12.5 MB
5 min 29 sec

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