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[DJKB] Hiding In The Dark

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I tried hard and at the same time didn't try hard, and hopefully a lot of people listen and download. If this doesn't happen I'm going to be depressed for a week. Anaways, leave a review, rate, and share, all the usual stuff blah, blah, blah and enjoy the song.


The chord progression is a little cliche, but I like the quirky lead. The progression is a little slow, and I don’t think the anti-climax at 1:04 helped give this piece a sense of direction very much. The minimalism was wearing on me after a while, and the vocals at 1:20 seemed a little monotonic and lacked passion. I like the drop at 2:01, but I also think the drums got really lost in the mix there. I think you need to do some more careful equalizing and compression to clean up the production quality. The new harmony line you introduce at 2:33 really overpowers the melody, and that same instrument sounds really harsh at 3:09, which you can also fix with more careful equalization. Toning down the reverb a tad might also help add clarity to the mix. I would’ve liked to hear you add some more variety later in the piece, whether in the vocals, melodies, or otherwise. This also doesn’t make a smooth loop. Still, my biggest problem with the piece is the mixing and mastering. Please look into using equalizers - you can use them to eliminate the frequencies that interfere with each other, like when a melody and chords (for example) both have similar frequency ranges. A lot of distortion comes from the lower range, so it’s really important to eliminate the tones below around 150 Hertz in everything except the bass and kick. You can also remove some of the treble tones on your melody synths to make them sound smoother and less in-your-face. Still, there are a lot of good things about this piece. I like the atmosphere and mood a lot - it has a spooky sense of apprehension throughout. Keep at it, Kbenitezlugo13. ;)


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kbenitezlugo13 responds:

Thanks a lot,

I know that I really suck at equallizing and volume which is my only weakness, that and lack of ideas.

Thanks for the advice and I'm very happy getting thourough critisism, which for me is hard to get.

I really hope you consider in having me for the next round. If not, then that's ok it was fun.

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3.48 / 5.00

Apr 15, 2017
10:47 PM EDT
File Info
4.2 MB
5 min 37 sec

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