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Pretty cool!
It's a really weird but enjoyable mix between house and speedcore!

SPEEDCORE! I love the uptempo genres of hard dance, so I felt thrilled listening to the distorted kick drums and wild beats.

Plus the atmosphere of this track really stands out from most mainstream speedcore/hardcore, as most of these tracks focus on abrasion or dark themes, while this track sound more jovial and energetic. The production felt filled with energy, embedding themes yet to be explored by other mainstream hardcore and speedcore artists. For instance, there is an extensive use of arps, leads, and bases much like a typical electro track, whereas most hardcore artists use heavy sampling of dark atmospheres accompanied by well-saturated hoovers.

For the genre specifics, a lot of hard dance (hardstyle/hardcore) producers here share your concerns. A lot of such tracks end up in Electronic - Dance, the misc genre.

A few gripes I had included the feeling that this track wasn't purely speedcore. Many sections of the track have these four-on-the-floor 140 bpm kick layouts as well as some breaks, and only a few times could I really hear the 250+ bpm pattern that terror and speedcore are known for. Many sections feel to house-y, and many listeners don't want house to interfere in the track.

Usually, the distorted kick is only used in the hardcore/speedcore "drop," the namesake part of the track. Usually that's where your kick will belong, and elsewhere will be accompanied by normal drums as well as previews of the kicks/kick pattern but not the actual thing.

As I was listening, I felt that the kick drum was fighting for space to shine in your mix. Sometimes it was obscured by the other elements, and even when I could hear it clearly it didn't feel as strong as typical hardcore/speedcore kicks. Hard-dance kicks usually take center stage in the mix, while in other genres a lead or bass would be in the foreground. You should try to apply mixing techniques like maximization and spectral management to clearly distinguish the kick in the mix, as that's what listeners primarily want to hear.

In addition, the kick felt a little... simple. Now this is entirely subjective as this might be how you want your kick to sound, but nowadays people are growing out of just taking a drum sample and distorting it with not much else. They want different kicks, unique kicks, wild kicks. Try messing around with the EQ (by a lot) when making your kick, as well as adding extra distortion like Fast Diet and Blood Overdrive. By chaining EQ and distortion effects, you can create a unique and breathtaking kick that will captivate your listeners.

Credits & Info


3.91 / 5.00

Jun 6, 2018
10:53 PM EDT
Drum N Bass
File Info
3.7 MB
3 min 15 sec

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