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Sep 29, 2015 | 8:51 PM EDT
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7.2 MB
3 min 8 sec
4.58 / 5.00

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this mixdown is a nightmare



Rated 4 / 5 stars

* This is an official 2017 NGUAC review *

Oh yeah, I really liked this one. Such a Moby vibe. On to specifics...

Mixing, mastering, and production: Generally speaking, real solid all around. Good use of samples and effects (especially cutoff filter). If I had to nitpick it might be that the ride cymbal sticks out a bit as sounding fake...given that you have it panned right in the center focus as a main instrument, it's very much highlighted. It doesn't sound terrible, per se, and I don't think it would have sounded out of place were it in the background. But highlighted in the forefront, it sounded a bit fake to me. Maybe just a personal aesthetic.
I would say your mastering was a touch loud and the slightest touch overcompressed. This mix is sitting at an average of -11dB overall when the loudest top 40, volume warred mixes are typically at -12.
Otherwise not too much else to say! Good job here.

Composition: Great atmosphere, very hypnotic. Good use of thin and thick texture areas. There were a couple areas I docked points for; one of them was melody. Though this is a hypnotic, in-the-moment piece, I still felt like there could have been a bit more melodic variation. Maybe a soft piano dropping some high notes or something.

I don't really have too much else to say on the track itself. It's a solid idea executed well. In terms of what you might plan for next round though...
The reason I didn't give more points is mostly because this is not a track that screams 'look at me!'. In the context of me listening to music regularly, I really enjoy this track. In the context of me judging a competition, I want more from it. It doesn't showcase the boundaries of your skills well enough. You're directly competing with music that IS screaming 'look at me!', so when you have a piece like this that is subtle and just waits its turn, you might get swept under the rug. I'm not necessarily saying you should abandon your style, but I am saying that this competition is a showcase opportunity, so make sure your biggest and best is front and center, not your most subdued. I hope that comes across right.

Looking forward to what you come up with next!

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Siiickness! This shit is awesome. Love the bass instrument you used. This has some kinda mystic jungle feel to it like that shit from Sonic Adventure on Dreamcast.

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