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A mellow drum and bass track to start off my production again for the new year!

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Great tune dude, has a nice atmosphere to it and i really love the piano breakdown just before it drops. I'd give you more feedback but everyone elses reviews pretty much cover everything!

Chozz responds:

Cheers, will give your stuff a listen soon

Solid and wonderful!

Hmm... very nice, very nice.

It's been some time since I've heard another artists go for liquid. Impressive.

I'll definitely have to agree on some of the points that Aero brought up. So I'll structure my review like his with my own views.

I particularly like how this kit sounds. For a liquid track, I've heard softer kicks and snares, and usually most artists (Like Commix, Nu:Tone, Logistics, Metrik, Netsky, etc, etc) kind of go for that feel, especially when it's uber minimalistic. You wouldn't want a massive kit to intrude on pianos or soft chord progressions, you'd just want it there to hold the beat, more often than not.

But I would give the kick a little more strength. The snare I adore as a counter-balance. It does sound a little too mechanical. Some dynamic variances or velocity changes between patterns would definitely give the kit a better, overall feel to the track. Your hi-hats could definitely benefit strongly from that, especially since they come in very, very hard. Think of your kick and snare as the main attraction and the hi-hats are there to fill in the space in-between.

Also agree on bussing your kit to a sub-mix so that you can compress it as a whole. I like to use a multi-band compressor at very soft settings so that it can sound much more cohesive.

The bass is pretty smooth. Nice separation between sub and your mid-bass. The kick does occupy the same frequency band as the sub, so you may want to separate them a little more, or add a side-chain, as they mesh a little too well. The high-passed LFO you got goin' on there is a pretty cool motif, but it at times it was a bit too much. It would have done better as a background theme than in the foreground. like at 2:45 where you have it come in and out at moments.

If you're going to have it play outright, keep it as the background piece. We'll still hear it, but the main attraction is your piano and bass.

48 bars of intro is fine as a setup, and I got the picture as soon as you dropped into your first verse. I do that often and so do other artists. The general guideline is for a song (in Drum and Bass) to have around 256 bars. That's approximately 6 minutes. That could be a song that is like 64, 64, 32, 64, 32 (the most common formula) or a situation like 48, 64, 48, 64, 32. But music isn't always bound like that. It's always freeform and ever-changing.

You use of the piano is great. It provided some awesome little nuances to keep interest. The chords are swell and definitely add some flavor to your track. Noticed some nice little flanging and chorusing. That also can be a bit much, but it's good for what it is. Great use of panning. Though, I think your kit could use some panning as well. Try this out:

Hi-hat: 40-50% Left
Kick: 4-8% Left
Snare: 10-15% Right
Crash/Overheads: 50/50 on either side
Ride: 40-50% Right

And your ghosts could be placed anywhere in your spacial spectrum (as long as it makes sense! :]) .

Sound Design:
Very nice. Bass is smooth, piano isn't too intrusive being in the high end, your rolling high-passed LFO bass can be a bit much, so you could tone that down some. The break with your reverse pianos was cool, good use of congos and hats to keep things moving along. Lots of variances to make it a pretty decent tune.

A good job, my good man. I'll be keeping my eye on you.


Chozz responds:

absolutely golden review right here. This is how it should be done, along with Aero's review to i've takem some great feedback.

I definately need to work on my snare layering and the sub frequencies of my kick. Needs more thump man. Hi hats have always been something I always sort of rushed but having started mixng dnb on my dj decks I realise there strength in a track. (Check out some of my mixes on mixcloud if your interested, link is in my profile.)

Im starting to use busses more, so easy to control a kit with a filter and automate it ;)

Feel blessed for this review! Definately inspired man.

riiight - as the best dnb I've heard on ng in a while thought I'd leave some feedback

I feel the snare doesn't fit at all - I'd prefer a different sample of a brighter snare, or even a rim shot
the hats sounded way too mechanic/synthetic, maybe a layered high passed break would give it a more live feel and added some shuffle which I feel was lacking also. I'd honestly bring the gain on the closed hats down a little, they stick out a bit too much
The cymbals you used I also think should have been pitched a bit higher or some more lows cut out. Sounded great on the intro and breakdowns just not so much in the main sections

another tip for drums if you don't already is compress them a little as a whole (via bus or group) or add a little processing to them all to make em more cohesive, the main thing with these drums is that they don't glue together so well

Kick sounded fine to me although I think it was kicking a bit lower freq than I'd want making the sub less impactful

nice higher end on the bass nice work there. sub didn't sound strong enough to me but only by a little bit all in all bass was great and I really enjoyed it (also if your sub hits below 35hz most speakers won't pick it up - even on a club system!)
I didn't enjoy the faster LFO synth too much, I would have cut out a bit of the highs on that

having 48 bars of an intro is a bit annoying mix wise (but not saying its wrong!) personally I would have added another 16 bars of the atmospheric section. Lovely chord choice and the piano worked really nice. Cool switch ups at the end of 16 bars and you added elements to keep it interesting

the high register piano and atmospheric sounds were by far my favourite element of this song, they added so much character and depth - brilliant work there :) loving those reverb wood hits anorl

all in all very nice work mate

Chozz responds:

Very informative review. Thanks, a lot of points taken that I will use in upcoming tunes!

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4.58 / 5.00

Dec 8, 2014
12:43 AM EST
Drum N Bass
File Info
14.3 MB
6 min 16 sec

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