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Strugglin' (Instrumental)

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I mostly used VOPM (YM2151), the synthesizer I use for SEGA Genesis chiptune tracks. With oodles of effects, of course. Any feedback is much appreciated, especially where production is concerned, as I'm not entirely concerned with it as a composition. I think I'm good enough at composing music, but not producing professional sound.

I wrote some lyrics for this, but not enough to cover this track, yet. If anyone wants to spit some verses on this or mash it up with an existing rap acapella, go ahead. Just let me know and send me a link to what you did.


You're definitely good at writing, and the chip percussion is interesting, but your crashes are suffering. Could use a lot more reverb (and maybe delay) on those. The high end of this track is very stunted, maybe because of the chippy style. I'll chop this review into sections.

Bass is good, but it's quiet on everything but headphones. You also have some of your frequencies bleeding into each other. I'm not sure how to work with the synth you've got going on, but you may want to check out some trap 808 samples and try to get in the ballpark of that sound. Trap emphasizes a lot of frequencies and overtones to achieve loudness factor.

I can pick out the synths on your leads. Try using velocity more to accent your notes. Those arpeggios are good note-wise, but they sound a little off. Maybe more reverb. It feels like they are just laying there melodically.

2:30 ish crashes sounded nice, again, could use reverb. The percussion seems to be staying almost the same the whole way through.

Try writing your hi-hats 16 bars at a time, varying the rhythm. This is key to trap.

Good track. I enjoyed it. Just could use some tweaks is all! You're getting better every time I hear your work. :)

Remember, music should breathe. Subtle changes add up!

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4.46 / 5.00

Feb 23, 2016
3:48 PM EST
Hip Hop - Modern
File Info
11.1 MB
5 min 46 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.