Arachnid - Battle of Old and New

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I loved making this actually, and I'm sure a lot of you will enjoy this piece by me!

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I like the energetic synths at the beginning. A bit of harshness in the treble range there - some more careful equalization could help solve that. The mix is quite loud, though. I like the build-up into :37, although I think the pads at :38 took it over a bit too much. The other harmonic instruments don’t come through nearly as much. The secondary emotional height at :55 was a pleasant surprise. I think the transition at 1:14 could’ve been smoother, as well as the one at 1:32. For a short piece it’s got a nice amount of variety while also feeling pretty cohesive. The ending was a bit sudden, and the squeaky final note doesn’t help. I think the drums could’ve been a lot stronger in the mix in general, and they also sound a bit generic to me. Overall, though, it’s a really captivating piece given the flurry of melodic content, enjoyable structuring, and adventurous mood. Keep at it, ArachnidPlaysMusic!

Mixing, mastering, and balance
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
Instrumentation and sound design
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
Originality and uniqueness
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
Composite score

You lack some side chain and the volume of the drum is too low at some places. Too, sometimes (i.e. at 1:22), the melody has dissonant chords that make it look less good to me (that might be only my personal opinion, though). At the end of the song, the main melody gets a bit too much (too fast?) high-passed.

Else, I think this goes in the right direction. It began well, getting my attention. I like the effects used, too. The end made me think of a stub that is removed.
I think your style is good. On my opinion, putting instruments together, equalising, adjusting effects volume - in other words, lower-level stuff, might be what you want to work on.

Keep it up!

I really like 8-bit sounds you used in your track, but the thing I really mind is how it's all blended together and the track starts to be kinda cluttered.

I like this one. Honestly! ^^

It sounds like an 8-bit Futuristic city ost.

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4.12 / 5.00

May 21, 2018
10:07 AM EDT
Video Game
File Info
4.1 MB
2 min 3 sec

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