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Pretty solid DnB track, not much else to say. Please vote and comment what you do (or don't!) like about it, I would really appreciate the help.

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It's not too bad but it isn't hard enough. √ćou should put in some really hard drum. And sometimes bass ;)

There aren't a real drum line nor melody. So what did you want? A melody-song or a drum n bass? You should decide it.

lantaren responds:

I'm not really sure what you're asking here.. I want a song. I don't care what the elements of the song are, or if they conform to what's popular. In drum and bass, the bass replaces the 'melody' (which really I mean hook, in which I did do here) so there's melody, and there's about 8 measures of unique drum tracking (though only slight variations at that). Thanks for checking it out, though.

if you dont mind i had a closer look at your track in my DAW, to see what i could do to help.

at first I checked your stereo field since i felt the low end being to wide, so i cut the sides at around 30hz - 120hz. then reinforced the same feq's with a clip control distortion, then i lightly muil-compress to tame the mids-highs then brought the final volume with a maximizer.

heres the final results: http://www.newgrounds.com/dump/item/ce90f963c10123ddbf9b3111ee1bfbfa

not sure if you like what you hear or it suits your tastes but i like it :) anyways its a good track.

lantaren responds:

Nope, that completely destroyed the track (and not in a good way). Compression != good sounding. I'm glad that you like the track, though, and I have a better mastered version of this track in the works, only like 6 hours on the track (the longest I've worked on any one track in years) and it's not sounding the way I want it to, but it's better than this version.

this is a little too weird for my liking. work on your sounddesign everything sounds rather simple and bare. process your bass a lot more, layer your drums, make it unique. you mixed it pretty good though. use some effects on transitions, break it down change things up! I think my main pet peeve is the drums they just sound too generic and dead somehow.

overall ok but not good :/ 3/5

lantaren responds:

Sorry that you didn't like the drums, they were, by far, what I worked on the longest (and hardest) on this track. I agree that everything sounds simple and bare, not the easiest thing making interesting sounds that work together and don't sound like mud in the end, very aware that I need to work on that. Aside from that, dual-layered all of the drums, hand-eqing them to fit together. Not sure how much more layered than that you can get, but oh well. it does need break downs, transitions, and everything else you've said, I'm just not sure where to put them, exactly. Regardless, I'm glad that you took the time to review it.

I like this. It's fairly unique, well-mixed and the instruments you picked worked well for it. I guess the only issue I have with it is that it's a bit repetitive, somewhat lacking variety.

lantaren responds:

yeah, repetition is always an issue for me, unfortunately. Anything I do, sometimes, just doesn't work at all for the track -always looking for ways that I can improve there. Anyways, I'm glad you like it.

Credits & Info


4.33 / 5.00

Jan 24, 2015
12:13 AM EST
Drum N Bass
File Info
4.8 MB
2 min 7 sec

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