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I started with the drums and somehow it turned out to sound like this.
This was made in a few days for the final round of the Newgrounds Audio Underdog Contest: All-Stars group.

A list of what I've used:

Synths/Samples/DAW:
- FL Studio 12.3
- Xpand!2
- Discovery Series: West Africa
- 3xOsc
- Serum
- FPC
- Super Audio Cart
- 8dio: Acoustic Grand Ensemble Vol.1
- 8dio: Majestica
- Kontakt Factory Library
- Heavyocity DAMAGE
- Other samples are royalty free

FX:
- FL Studio stock effect plugins
- Transient Master
- W1 Limiter

Hope you enjoy this one!
Thanks for listening. (:

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FL Studio is the way to GO, man!

epic sounds!! good work man!

AeronMusic - Pacifist:

The Good:
-You have some really awesome rhythmic ideas and they sound quite good in a lot of places.
-Your overall composition is fairly good - there's a solid beginning, two climaxes with a breakdown... it fits a very good curve of musical tension.
-The pitch bends sound really neat in the middle.

The Not-So-Good:
-There are some mixing issues around the climaxes - quite honestly, there's just *too much* happening at once. Try reducing a few of the background instruments or layering less drums simultaneously. Another thing that can help is reducing all of your instruments to about 80% volume or so, prior to the final mixdown and mastering. That helps with levelling balance and leaves plenty of headroom for mastering.
-Your melodies could definitely have a bit of improvement - they seem a bit aimless and could really improve from some direction being added to them. They aren't necessarily bad though, they just don't seem like they have a particular point to them.
-The ending is pretty abrupt and doesn't conclude the piece very well. It sounds almost like the end of the pattern happened and you just decided to not write any more.
-Ok, there is one thing which is the absolute largest issue here. The instruments are all really aggressive, high-frequency, and... well, they're honestly somewhat painful to listen to for more than about a minute to two minutes. The biggest instrument that's a problem here is the plucking noise that has the rise in the beginning and starts doing a rhythmic theme at 0:26.

The Result: 6.2/10
To be perfectly honest, this piece is fine. The biggest area it suffers in is the instrumentation. I think that based on your skill and musical ability, you would be able to make a much better piece with a musical palatte that has less instruments with such a high frequency. You have the foundation, and that's the important part!

This is an official NGAUC Review

My personal rating for your piece is as follows:
Production: 20/30 (Average)
Composition: 22/30 (Above Average)
Instrumentation: 12/15 (Above Average)
Originality: 10/10 (Incredible)
Interest: 10/15 (Average)

Giving a total of 74/100, or 3.5 stars. ('Average')

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I like the warm brassy pads at the beginning and the sense of climax throughout the first 30 seconds or so. Perhaps that initial riser was a little cliche and drawn-out, but I enjoyed the melody at :44. The piece is mastered nice and loudly too. The quirky instruments are cool, and they certainly seem reminiscent of classic video game music. In my experience, it’s usually good to be subtle about filtering, phasing, and portamento effects, but you seem to pull off some not-so-subtle phasing &c at around 1:02 - 1:10. ;) This piece is generally well-structured and smooth-flowing, with an odd drone-like quality. I liked the ominous string melodies at 1:36 a lot. The piece is very flowy, yet lacks dynamic contrast, phrasing, and a proper breakdown or bridge section to give it an overarching sense of development IMO. The final chorus seemed short-lived and concluded the piece very suddenly. I almost thought you had intended to loop it at first. I also would suggest varying your melodies more the 2nd time around. Otherwise, the piece feels a little stagnant and repetitive. Otherwise, this is solid work. The melodies are memorable, and you did a good job of selling the theme and mood of the piece. Keep at it, AeronMusic! ;)

8/10

AeronMusic responds:

Thanks TaintedLogic!

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2 min 49 sec
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