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Straight out of the gate, I really love the upbeat nature of your track! That trumpet-like synth is total cheese, and therefore comes across as pretty silly in the mix, but I can't help enjoying it a little despite myself. Your kick has some punch to it, which is always good, but the snares and claps end up getting lost in the mix. While the beat could do with a bit more presence at times, it nevertheless serves to drive the song forward as it should. But overall, I find the mixing here to be quite solid.
You've got some really fun and cool elements in here, and I really enjoy what you've done with the Formant. That does happen to be something of a favorite of mine, and while I get called out whenever I use Sytrus presets, those same people also tend to admit that my Formant sounds good. Anyway, I really like how you've manipulated it here.
And man, I generally quite like the bass you chose for this, and while I know what you were going for around 1:37, that particular bass instrument makes the timing sound slightly off. I think it may be the instrument's attack, which seems to be just a little too slap-ish for that particular section. But as I've said, I can see what you were trying to do, and I love it...with another bass.
What this track seems to be missing is true cohesiveness between each section, so the structure comes off as a bit lackluster. But man, is it ever fun to listen to! You've made a super upbeat song that has a few flaws, but I really enjoy the ride every single time. In fact, I'm listening one more time before I finish up here because, well...it quite simply puts a smile on my face!
Best of luck in your match-up against MrKoolTrix in the Round of 32! I have no doubt that it's going to be a really intense battle between you two. I am very much looking forward to your next offering to the Audio Deathmatch. Fight on!
7.7 out of 10
The synths at the beginning are a little cheesy, although I do like the rhythmic elements and the sense of climax into :27. The chord progression is a little cliche, and this piece has several minimalistic sections that could use a little more fill. Overall, it’s smooth-flowing, and the mixing is very strong. The synth at 2:05 was my absolute favorite, as well as 2:18 - really cool combination of rhythmic and melodic elements there. Again, this piece has Waterflame written all over it. Perhaps my main problem with it is that it doesn’t have a ton of structural coherence. You have at least 3-4 different melodies in here, and they aren’t exactly collected around distinct refrains, which can make the structure a bit confusing to follow. That said, this is a very fun and catchy piece with a cool sound design overall. Keep it up, ThaPredator! :)
Hey! You're against Ceevro, huh? If you really want a chance at beating him, I'd strongly recommend spreading work on this track over many days. You still have a couple to revise and polish, so I'll give you a couple pointers to start with:
Your clap/snare sounds are generally pretty buried. Those are always difficult to pull through, so I'd spend some good time working on the mix there.
The outro is kind of abrupt. The track sort of just ends, and poof, there goes the sound. You also have a pretty long silence tail, which could be cut.
You do have lots of good things going for you here. I will second the Waterflame vibes at 2:03. You manage to keep energy going through the track really well, even as you change keys. I don't know, I guess personally I'm a lot more used to key changes so I don't see any of them to be a problem.
The sound design is generally pretty good. They support the melodies and progressions pretty well. Your melodies are also sufficiently groovy and awesome.
Good luck against Ceevro!
Okay, I think I'm going to review this one honestly:
I think this one is a bit sub par for you, you should have spent a bit more time on it honestly.
It starts off fine, but after a while the song starts to sound confused on what it wants to do. There's so much going on in some sections that its hard to follow.
The change from a major scale into more of a minor one at 0:52 doesn't complement the beginning/end too well, a scale change is never easy to pull off though. So in a situation where you are not sure if it will work its best to play it safe and stick to the same scale throughout a song.
Overall, I feel if you took your time with this a bit more it would have turned out much better. 6/10
Whilst I was hoping for something a bit better from you for the round of 64, I still wish you the best of luck :)
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