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EspiDev - Serene

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Drum and bass? Maybe. But the feeling of serenity is cooler.
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dood where is the bass? This is just drum and drum.. :) It totally lacks some synth in lower octaves that would reinforce the progression..

as already said, mix could use some tweaking.. at some places (e.g. 0:37ish) you can feel that the mix can't breathe, maybe turn down reverb a bit and think out what should be the first thing that hit your ears and what should more in backround, it all can't have the same loudness

but musically it's pretty good, I like the progression and sound choice

keep it up

EspiDev responds:

Thanks for the review! I am still not very familiar with mixing stuff too much, so I will definitely work on it for my next song!

The melodies for this song are fantastic! I really have to applaud for that wave effect at the end, it was awesome! If you could make the piano a little louder that would be great! Your song should deserve more attention.

EspiDev responds:


Man, I love the synths, and how everything works together as a whole. It feels very light weighted and free-ish if you know what I mean. Musically, I have nothing to criticise. The melodies are fantastic, the chords work really well. The track progesses really nicely!

The mix however can use some work. The reverb on some synths is too much. It starts blending with other synths making the mix blurry. I understand that long reverb decay is of major contribution to the abience, but it should not smother the song. Also, I feel like the snare can get some more love. The kick is mixed in really nicely, but the snare sounds kind of strange. Where the kick is clearly audible, the snare gets overpowered by the rest of the track most of the time. Making the snare stand out more, and balancing the kick-snare combination makes for more solid drums.

The stereo image of the song at some parts (especially the parts with the phaser) just messes with my head a bit. I'm listening on headphones, and the left-right separation is crazy at some parts. The idea is great. It's too overdone in my opinion though.

Last but not least is the master. The overall tonality of the audio is focussed really on the highs. The bass is barely audible if not absent. I'm not going to say anything about the bass being absent though, as I can imagine that was done on purpose. A sub bass however, would have super nice in the background here. Back to the master: it's loud constantly! You should check out the waveform in you DAW. The volume is max except for the parts with very few instruments. Listening carefully to the song, some parts sound quite overcompressed.

Except for the mixing and mastering, the song was amazing. I should emphasise that to assure you I loved every second of it even though I had to pick on the quality a bit. But hey, that criticism makes for a useful review. At least, I hope it's useful :P. Nice work here!

BlastBeats (R4R)

EspiDev responds:

Thanks for the review! Yeah, my mastering wasn't the best, heh.

I love your melodies dude! The middle section with all the super calm high voices with the build back into the second drop is awesome! Cool stuff with the panning and the phasers too :D I think you should add some more layers to your synthesizers to give them more depth and wideness. At the end, you should increase the volume of the piano too. It's a bit quiet. Nice tune!

EspiDev responds:

Thank you very much! :p

Credits & Info


4.38 / 5.00

Jun 3, 2017
7:23 PM EDT
Drum N Bass
File Info
6.1 MB
4 min 17 sec

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