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Abstrack - Volcano Dive

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Damn. Knock-out's out.
I have to say, I just really put too much time in this thing.
Hoping your ears will feast x)
Enjoy your listening!

As always, image of the project:
(this time, I've had to use GIMP because my screen couldn't handle the whole project size xD)

/!\ I don't own any of the drum samples used in this project. They all come from FL Studio sounds packs. /!\

stuff used:
- Harmor
- FPC (drum samples are from Fl Studio)
- basic 3x oscillator
- Effector
- FL Studio (I think you knew about this one, but still :P)

# EDIT: removed the "main" instrument (supposed to represent vocals - red colored on the Gdrive picture) that was making other instruments ugly as hell.

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I love it, if I can I will use this in my geometry dash level

Abstrack responds:

I just contacted RobTop about this (like, just two seconds ago). I'm gonna DM you when I get an answer from him (if I ever get one xD). Thanks for the support dude! Much appreciated <3

== This is an official NGUAC Review ==

This is a good start to an electro track. I definitely like the start with the atmospheric plucks - the song starts on a very cool and moody note. I also like the chord progression in the solo.

However, there's quite a bit to work on here! First off, as you guessed, is mixing. The mix in the climax is just all over the place. It needs a solid bass in the bottom to really be effective, and it doesn't really sound that 'full' - try comparing side to side with other electro tracks to see where you can improve. Additionally, the arrangement really needs some love - just copy and pasting the same thing twice in a song might work somewhere, but definitely won't work on a contest submission track! We notice that kind of stuff ;-)

All in all, nice start to a track, and I encourage you to continue working! It might be interesting to hear you attempt an ambient piece since your strengths currently seem to lie in that direction =)

Mini-scores (not used to calculate final score in any way - just so you know what needs improvement):

Arrangement: 2/4
Composition: 2+/4
Sound Design: 2+/4
Production: 2/4

Score: 6.4

Abstrack responds:

I agree with almost everything here. After thinking to what you said, I found the big mixing problem here is in fact the bass... its volume is too high (so it takes too much place), and because of its shape (sinus) and its frequency (too low), it becomes almost inaudible and lower the volume of others instruments. Maybe should I try turning off the global limiter...? (^^ Maybe not if you want to keep your listening skills xD)

Where I half agree is the "copy-past" argument. I confess I did firstly copy & past the "drops" (if I can call them so). But on the resulting 2nd part (the sadly-not-professionnal duplication), I changed almost all backgroud instrument patterns (added / removed some notes / slip-notes, added void holes on drum kicks) and effects. So I didn't really copy-past at the end. I think the big problem here is that the main melody takes too much place in the "drops", so we don't hear well other instruments... That said, I'm probably gonna re-upload this song without the main instrument.

Anyways, very helpful review. Thanks a lot! :D

Really nice track !

Abstrack responds:

Thanks! :P

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Jul 17, 2017
11:32 PM EDT
File Info
9.8 MB
4 min 17 sec

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