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Hardstyle attempt - Loving it


Author Comments

Trying to build upon the first hardstyle attempt to celebrate the first attempt and how it got me active on Newgrounds.



=== This is an NGAUC Audition Round Review ===

Well, this song is super abrasive and explosive, which is not ALWAYS my favorite type of track. However, I have to admit, there is a really nice and catchy melody in this song. The melody that comes in at 0:50 is both dark and yet quite bouncy and catchy. Best of all, it's quite memorable! I actually wish that you would have spent more time focusing on the melodic aspects of this song and less on the rather atonal and abrasive/dark sections (like the intro), because IMO that is really where you shine!

Mini-scores (See http://johnfn.newgrounds.com/news/post/936953 for what this means and how to improve)
Mixing: 3/4
Arrangement: 3/4
Composition: 3+/4
Overall (this is not an average): 8/10

You really, really, really need to work on your mixing. The kick is completely drowned out the mix. You also have other bassy sounds playing like impacts while the kick is playing. This is really something that should be avoided.

I think the problem is that you simply don't have the right audio equipment to hear what's going on in the low end because to you, it probably sounds fine.

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dukebartje responds:

It's very off on low-end mixing. I usually mix low end on a different system. So your comment is spot on! I'll mix it properly in the coming days and I'll post the new one. Let me know if the problem is still there then, because that would indeed indicate that the flaw is within my audiosystem! Thanks for the feedback!

Really nice job, it was probably the best hardstyle I've seen on Newgrounds in a long time! That being said, I feel like there was lots of room for improvement, especially on the mixing.

Hardstyle is all about their punchy distorted kicks, and in this I could barely even tell that there was a kick. For hardstyle this is a HUGE no-no. It was so swamped by all the other elements that it never broke through the mix the way it should have. Try putting a highpass filter and cutting the bass from some of your saws and other mid-range elements to let the kick shine through a bit.

Mixing was the main issue I had with this song, you can work on your sound design and everything else of course, and that will just take time, so don't feel bad on that. Your composition was very good, and basically all the different elements you added felt like they fit well with the track. You have a bit to work on, but with time you could be very, very good. Good luck!

While I have very little experience with HardStyle, I'm really digging this track!

The overarching melodies really give it a sense of grandeur. There's some slight bittersweet nuances there that I love.

The production is massive and all the effects and rises give it a very vivid dynamic.

5/5 - Great Track

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Credits & Info


4.40 / 5.00

Jun 26, 2016
7:17 AM EDT
File Info
3.5 MB
3 min 3 sec

Licensing Terms

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