This is an NGADM Round 1 Review.
Total: 69/100 or 6.9/10 or 3.5 stars
The Good Things:
- Creative, enjoyable lyrics.
- Very good performances on guitar, decent vocals.
- Good variation between parts to keep the listener from getting bored.
The Not-So- Good Things:
- Your mic clips at 0:22 and in other places with the vocals. I would recommend experimenting with different settings or consider getting a better microphone (I'd recommend a Shure SM-57, but you'd need an interface then).
- The reverb is too much and washy for the sort of "indie" vibe you are going for. Normally this sort music has very little and/or very small reverb.
- For me, the beatboxing and clapping really subtracted from the tracks' quality. Consider finding a drummer friend or a drum VST or just doing without drums.
- There are some syncing issues in the piece where the parts get out of sync (like the clapping after "let's break this down". Never be afraid to do extra takes or move things around until it really locks.
- Production-wise, the track is rather lacking. Consider things like faux stereo widening, EQ'ing, compression, etc and experiment around to find something that gives your track more presence. Make sure you find a good balance between the guitars and the vocal elements. For example, I wish there was more guitar in the track.
In general, the cheaper the mic you use, the more work you have to do to get it to an acceptable level. There isn't any "studying" per say, just go out and listen to tracks in the same sort of style you are working on and isolate the elements- how much reverb is there? What kind? How do the voices fit into the puzzle? Where is everything panned? How rich is the bass and treble elements of each instrument? How do those elements fit together to make a coherent piece? The only way to learn production correctly is to go out and build up your ear so you can hear these things. ;)