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AIM - A Dark Cave

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This is my first (and probably only) entry to the A.I.M. contest 2016. Personally I think it's one of the better tracks that I've made, but I still have absolutely no chance at winning - the quality of most people's audio on this site is astonishing. Regardless, I thought it'd be fun to have a go and this is the product.

I mostly used cello, pizzicato violin and piano soundfonts, but also used a few *cough* default *cough* FL Studio sounds to add a bit more variety ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Good luck to everybody else who entered and hopefully I come in the top 30 :)

Also, thanks to luqzzee for creating the art that inspired me to make this track. Link to the artwork: http://www.newgrounds.com/art/view/luqzzee/cavern

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A.I.M Judging Review
The problem with the strings isn't only that it lacks reverb. Probably is enough reverb on it as it is. The problem is the stereo-seperation on it. As it is right now it sounds monotone for some reason. Strings are always supposed to be stereo, meaning that I should feel like like the sound is coming from both my left and right side and not somewhere in the middle. The piano sounds really poor. Gotta completely replace that soundfont in my opinion, but you a lot of improvement could be done with some simple eq and reverb.

Didn't really enjoy that electronic lead mixed in with the classical instruments. If you are going to mesh classic and electronic elements, you need to have an equal number of classic and electronic elements, or the piece sounds more like a clasical song with an electronic lead rather than an electro-classic piece.

The track in general is quite samey and could use some variation.

Though I do get how the track might depict a cave, I honestly didn't feel like it properly caught the dark and ambient feel of the art at all.

Arrangement: 3/5
Mixing: 2/5
Sound Design: 2/5
Art Relevance: 3/5
Overall: 2.,5/5

Some decent ideas in this track, and I did like the chord progression, but there is too much that kinda deduct from the enjoyment.

The strings all in general are a bit dry, they need some reverb to really fill the space and make it more atmospheric, and the electronic lead keys that come in, feel a bit underwhelming and doesn't really blend well with the other instruments, and the mids in the mix of that synth need to be turned down as it overpowers the mix.

I think the issue mainly here is the soundfonts, they could be replaced. The instruments sound a bit too robotic and not smoothly going from note to note, and there's no transitions inbetween parts. The whole thing is mostly the same with a few additions to the melody, but it's a bit repetitive overall. It would be more interesting to hear change ups in the melody.

Better mixing, instruments, and effects would bring out this track more as well as building on melody structure. Keep going though. Some of the mix isn't bad, but the soundfonts kind of kill the song, mainly that lead near the beginning that sounds like an electronic keyboard. Keep trying you'll get better! The melody is a good start, but needs more to the song as it goes on instead of repeating.

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Nice song ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Sheeepie2 responds:

Thanks man :)

Credits & Info


3.14 / 5.00

Jun 13, 2016
1:12 PM EDT
File Info
2.9 MB
3 min 13 sec

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