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Toybox Groove (v2)

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Another update finished up, and I'm really excited about this. Let me know how its improved, feedback is appreciated as always.

The next release from me will most likely be a full song, but I have no idea when that will be. The next song to be updated though is most likely going to be Asylum. Tranquilium is difficult for me to work on and improve, but I definitely want to take a look at it in the future. I'll release news on my thread in the forums and on my page as they come. As always, I hope you enjoyed it and let me know what you think below in the comments.


It's adorable. I can't wait for your full version. Just make sure to add in more melodies. Dynamic melodies that make up the "lyrics" or "storyline" of the track. I'd like to hear more, but only if you could transition without problems with a newer version of your melody.

This is a very interesting mix...I don't know what it is. The combination of the soft melody with the beat that seems to pause really quick every so often combines into a sound I haven't heard very often before. I like it :) It's like the melody and the beat are doing their own thing, but it still works!

Thoughts while listening:

Joy To The World! The descending notes in the lead line are a little too close. Love the percs at 46. Nice jazzy percussion going on here...I also love the note-bends. Not many people here use them, because they are difficult to program. Cute ending.

Thought after listening:

Well, Christmas has come, I take it! And here's me listening in the Spring.

Some Suggestions;

-The hip-hop mix-up was actually very well done. I just really wanna hear some real voices in there.
-The descending four notes at the end of the motif are identical to Joy To The World. It sounds like the kind of thing that screenwriters do when they're too cheap to purchase the rights to the real song. Now, either this was your goal, in which case fill your boots, or you wanted to capture the feeling of the piece, but make it original, in which case I would suggest rewriting that little bit of the motif. Your call.
-The sound should be bigger when you go hip-hop on it. Gotta drop that bass to really give it that POW!

Some good things:

-You did definitely achieve the feeling of Christmas Shopping. Especially the ending bit, where I slow down and fall over.
-You have excellent technical mixing skills. String-bends, speed-changes, the works. That is extremely hard to do well, digitally.
-LOVED the percussion on this one. Lots of dynamics, great change-ups, could really feel the effort and love that went into it!

Overall, this is a solid piece that might just need a little tweaking to make it pop. Drop dat bass, throw a rap in, expand this! The build can be made so very huge here, so blow it out of the water!

3.5/5 R4R


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Alright, here's what came to my mind while listening:

I honestly think this would be better as a loop. :(
I honestly think the clap should be replaced by a snare (except in the parts where the clap's high-pitched). :(
I honestly feel the track doesn't have a lot of "substance" to it. It feels empty. I think any kind of a bass could go a long way to bringing this to life. :(
I honestly feel the track is very simple. :(
I honestly feel it lacks structure. All it basically has the intro, A-part varied up, bridge and the outro, which is basically the intro. :(

I think the instruments feel just a bit lifeless and cheap-sounding. You could do a bit of humanization and replacing, or you could stylize it as a SNES-ish video game soundtrack. :|

I like how quirky it is. It has a happy melody, and the pitch-shifts give it a positively insane feel. :)
I like the groove and the way you did the percussion (although I still think the percussion-sounds aren't amazing by theirself) :)

Overall, it's not ear-piercing or terrible to listen to, but it's not exactly very memorable or particularly great either. You have working melodies there, but the song only has like 3 parts excluding the bridge. It's quirky, and you have a nice insane feel to this, but it sounds like a mediocre SNES-soundtrack that doesn't loop.
If this was anything like your first song, I think that's pretty nice for what it is. However, if we bring it out of context, there's a lot to improve.

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A groovy Christmas song, what's not to like! Periodically bending the pitch was a nice touch especially.

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4.21 / 5.00

Mar 26, 2015
11:23 PM EDT
File Info
2.3 MB
2 min 0 sec

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