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May 7, 2014 | 5:43 PM EDT
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5.1 MB
2 min 48 sec
0 / 5.00

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Rated 0 / 5 stars
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Electronic - Trance

Author Comments

The original song can be found here

Written in 140bpm so its a bit fast
Changed via criticism of the orginal
Not much was otherwise changed from the orginal



Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Okay, this is a pretty amateur track and I try to mean that in the nicest way possible xP. I'm not trying to put it down but it is quite apparent that you haven't been making music for long.

I mean everything is done right to a degree, you have a solid classic bass line, it follows the beat as it should, stays within scale etc. It just doesn't really stand out because it's very basic.

There are plenty of things you can do to improve and change things up such as;

-Try changing the rhythm of the bass a little instead of just hitting 4/4 all the time. Maybe go offbeat with it since that's a common approach to trance and techno.

-Use some up lifters and 'boom' fx like reverse crashes and kick/crashes with heavy reverb. This will help add some build up to the track and really leave an opening for breaks and such. Like at 0:56 the song just kind of stops while the arp just lingers on to a halt. Some well place sound fx can easily fix that.

-You could do with some more control over you melodies. At 1:08 when that bassy synth comes in it just kind of goes everywhere and it's very random. It's like you've just placed random notes at every marker in the sequencer. You should elongate some notes, leave some small parts of the melody blank and try to keep the notes within scale and closer together. Change it up a little and try not to make it too random. You'll get the hang of it eventually with enough practice, it's just about understanding what makes a catchy melody.

-The drums are... blank. It's very simple what you have right now and they do their job and all, kick snare and a single hi-hat. However, this can make the track appear more repetitive than it really is. They're also easily drowned out by the other instruments in the song which is not what you want when it comes to something like this. You should try and get your hands on some more electronic percussion samples and drum loops that you can cut up to add some variation to the percussion and let you play around with the beat a little.

-Don't be afraid to add some more synths into the mix as well. Throughout the whole song it seems I'm hearing the same instruments without much change since some of them sound the same (I'm mainly referring to the stab arp synths). You could perhaps add some pads for an atmospheric breakdown section that you hear in a lot of trance tracks, or perhaps another bass to switch to in another heavier section maybe? There's tonnes of stuff you could do.

This isn't a bad track by any means, you're on the right path but it's very beginner tier as it is now. These are just points to keep in mind for future reference. You just need to up your production quality which will come with enough time an practice. I can see you making some decent stuff in the future so keep at it!

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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

I like the straightforward intro, classic but effective.
Pretty cool ambience, i liked those kind of lead with reverbs that became like pads, how they fade away and came back at 1:18. Good job there.
Overall the song is interesting, every element is there, but I think the track could benefit of more work on the volume of the different instruments, to give the whole tune more cohesion. Also watch out for clipping.

The kick gets weakened by the synths, those hihats are a bit too loud and become distractive overtime, and some rythm variations for the drums would be appreciated.
At 59 sec, it's like you just drop a dry sample and voilĂ .
It didn't blend well with the overall ambiance of space (aka reverb, delays everywhere)

While the reverb were good throughout the track, watch out for those early reverbs at 1:50, they could use some filtering, to avoid the machinegun effects (pleasing to some i guess, distractive to me).
Overall a pretty good track that requires a few tweaks here and there.
Keep at it :)

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mikethete responds:

This review shows me a few things, some of which I'm working at and some that I never knew about.