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Pretty fast and simple Chiptune/ Chippy Drum n Bass. Hope you like it (just an experimental track)

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I love it!
you are very talented!

I like this a lot! It's simple and nice. Your mixing could use work though - everything feels centered, and the ending didn't really feel satisfying to me. Nice idea though.

Try using arrangement as a tool for loudness rather than just slamming everything in the center and trying to overpower other instruments with sheer volume. Adjust the panning on your instruments, etc.

The base you give in the beginning of the song is good, it takes me back to the old days where 8-bit reigned supreme. There's just a small problem. It is good, but the ending needs some work. I don't know if you can hear it, but it seems to me that when you get to the fading out part, it just makes you want to listen to something else. I'm not trying to get people to hate me, but there is that one problem. Also, it's kinda short.

There also is the problem of how people are making good music in a short time. Take some more thought into what you can add, like more synth, and add it in! don't be afraid to let people judge you on what you added, as long as you do it without hesitation. You need to add more synth into it, it feels lackluster. I know I said one problem, but the song repeating in my head is a whole different song than what I listened to. Here's another suggestion you could do. Add a better Aspect to the intro. Now that I think of it, it sounds like you cut into the music at the very start. Make it sound nonexistent, than add the sound at a low key, and bring it higher the more you progress. That should lengthen the song.

All in all, you have a good base for a substantial remix. It is well-laid, except for minor issues, and it deserves more attention.

GobSmacked responds:

Thx man I appreciate it :D

The idea of this track is pretty ok, but the execution... The lead is painful to listen to. It is a simple saw/pulse combination, which I consider too sharp for this song. The piano and the drums give a soothing drum and bass feel to the track, but the lead does not make any sense. Put some effort in designing a fitting lead.
In addition, I do not hear any post processing, except for the piano, which has only a small amount of it. Some reverb and/or delay would help you improve your quality. The release of the kick sidechaining the other instruments is way too long. That, or that is a mastering issue.
Composition wise, this song is repetitive, and there are some off notes. Your variations in the melody are neat, though. The drums are the same the whole time. I would not mind some variation there.
The mix is bad. The lead overpowers every instrument, and the drums blast everything that isn't percussion away. The kick could use some more definition, the snare is dull, and there's some very repetitive percussive sound in the background shifting in the track's stereo image the whole time. Use your eq's, compressors, panning, and what not to obtain a better mix. Another thing is that I cannot hear a sub, or even a defined bass.
The mastering is not well executed either. It sounds like you squeezed your song through a single band compressor without playing with the options. The overall volume is excessively loud, and it sounds like the time variables have their default values.

Overall, I think this track is bad, but I hear potential. It gave me the impression that you spent a little time on the production. Putting more time in single tracks will improve your quality, and rating. You really need that.

I do not get the feature. You are new, and there have been tons of better releases in the past few days on newgrounds. In my opinion this track didn't deserve the feature.

Please do not consider me a hater. I know how it is to start with music production. I started a year ago. Many things I mentioned above are things I learned while doing research, or by getting reviews. I wrote this to help. This job/hobby takes a lot of time and practice, and I really hope this will help you to get on track (no pun intended) more rapidly. My first song, which is also a drum and bass track, got many helpful reviews for beginners. Be sure to check that out, if you want to learn more!

Good luck, and welcome to the community!

PS: I checked out your first song, and that one is way more impressive!

GobSmacked responds:

Jeez. I amso thankfull for your review. I am glad you care that much about and thanks. I know I got really lazy on tis one and i just felt like its pretty okish. I never expected it to get attention in any way. Also its not my genre. It started as a small 8-Bit proejct and i just started liking the melody a bit. But I am still very thankfull for this amazing review.... I really do appreciate it when someone is sending me critic. OK so... I try to kind of follow your "Instructions and tipps" to improve. Thanks alot, - Gobsmacked!

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3.85 / 5.00

Apr 27, 2016
11:07 AM EDT
Video Game
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5.1 MB
2 min 15 sec

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