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Blessing Ear

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i first made this using earbuds. then i heard it with headphones. it was heavily bassy and muddy, so i tried to mix it better. then it hit me, "i've never mixed anything ever in forever," and so, there i was, not knowing what all this reverb, tremble, and compression wizardry was and just hoping that stuff would automatically work and sound better. it did eventually work but there are some sounds that i wish i could tinker a bit more with.

This was made specifically for NGUAC 2017. I was invited on the 21st so i had ~about~ 9 days to make something or submit something i previously made even though that wasn't an option since nothing i made before strongly met the criteria of the contest.

so here you gOoOoOo.o.o....

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I like the cute riff at the beginning. The instrument that’s playing it sounds really thin, dry, and harsh, though. I’d suggest using an equalizer to eliminate some of the treble frequencies, and then give it some reverb. You clearly have a good sense of harmony. The brass instruments sound pretty inauthentic, and I think it would’ve been useful to include some drums in the piece to give it some energy and drive and help smooth over the transitions. The piece is also missing some low frequencies, and could potentially sound a lot richer with a bass or kick drum. Overall, the mood and harmonies are really enjoyable, and the piece is pretty well-structured and catchy. You seem to want some more help with mixing in the description for the song. Adding reverb and equalization at the very least is a good place to start. Compression is most commonly used for drums. No matter which DAW you use, I’m sure you can find somewhere online that tells you where to access these tools in your production software. As a priority, I’d suggest eliminating the low frequencies in every instrument except the bass and kick, but this makes the biggest different when you have a bass and kick in there in the first place. :)  Good luck, man! The composition is already strong. The sound design and mixing are my biggest concerns here. Keep at it, Zyg0te. ;)


P.S.: This is my 2,000th audio review on Newgrounds. :O

Zygotimus responds:

Very specific, very helpful, THANK YOU!!

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Jun 30, 2017
8:45 PM EDT
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2 min 53 sec

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