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Perception V2

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After a Hard drive corruption that killed the entire project,
It's back.
But not entirely.
See, this is a rough version of it. I need to do even more mastering but I need some others to come and see what I need to do.
That's where you guys come in.
What do I need to bring out more?
Please leave some constructive criticism in where I should master as I feel that I need to smooth out the edges.
Other than that, the song is done!
You can preorder perception here:

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This is probably one of your best tracks IMO. I love the progression and instruments, and it's still really catchy and cool. It might need some more melodic content (the first melody as I see it is at 2:57, almost 3/4 of the way through the song). I try to have at least 2 melodic sections in my pieces, and I think that you could try to incorporate some more melodic stuff around :20, or if you're going to make the breaks between :30 and 1:55 last so long, they could use some harmonic support as well.

Your mastering is noticeably better than a lot of your other tracks, but I have a few suggestions that might improve it further. The general rule of thumb for balancing the volume levels (that I use, at least) is that the bass should be louder in volume than the rest of the instruments, but it should have much more restricted EQ frequencies. Still, you should be able to hear the higher-pitched instruments more clearly than the bass, especially if you're not using headphones. Certain sections of this piece, such as :30 to 1:55, are an exception, of course, but perhaps you should try to incorporate more high-pitched tones into your music?

Pads are tricky because they tend to use a lot of different frequencies. For example, the pads at :00 sort of drown out some more melodic content you have going on in the background there. You might fix this by restricting the pad's frequency range in the EQ more, or creating two separate peaks to accommodate the range of the melody instrument. The great thing about Parametric EQ 2 in FL Studio is that it's literally an infographic of which frequencies are used the most by the instrument you're EQ'ing. All you have to do is drag down the frequencies that aren't highlighted as much when you play a riff with the instrument. You almost never have to raise the volume in the EQ, just lower it. Occasionally, I'll raise the volume of a hi-hat or kick, but that's because none of the other instruments ever play frequencies in their ranges.

Kicks are also tricky because low-pitched kicks sound muddy and interfere with the bass, but high-pitched kicks sound like shit without headphones. One solution is to create 2 separate-but-small peaks in the kick. Another is to use 2 different kick drums, one for the lower frequencies and one for the more mid-range ones. I thought you did a good job EQ'ing the kick here, though. You might find it helpful to write down all of your instruments and the frequencies they take up on a piece of paper. Ideally, none of them would interfere with each other. Believe me when I say I need to work on this myself.

Anyway, I think this piece doesn't really have a proper outro. It was a good way of ending the piece to have that funky little riff and sweep combo, but you kind of transition right from a melodic "high point" to it. This piece is an appropriate length for a track like this IMO, so maybe you should cut out some of the repetition between :30 and 1:55 in order to add the outro. You might even be able to cut something from the "saw bridge" (:30 to 1:55) and paste it into the outro, but be careful about transitioning into the use of that heavy saw bass again. You did a good job with that at :30.

I think this piece is really catchy and smooth-flowing. I loved the sweeps you made for this, too. The melodies that are there are good, but I think you need to explore the upper range in your tracks a bit more, TeraVex. Also, it couldn't hurt to find ways of making the "saw bridge" less repetitive. Other than that, this is a great start to what I'm sure will be a fantastic album! Good luck, man. ;)

TeraVex responds:

Thanks for the review man! I've been working harder towards my mastering, I feel that I've benefited greatly because of it. I will agree this is probably the best song I've made although I like CHROM! a little better. I want to thank you again since your reviews make me strive to be better!

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Feb 9, 2015
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