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A.I.M 2018 - Land.

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My first submission for A.I.M 2018, hope you enjoy! Going to add to my upcoming album later.

DAW: Ableton Live 9 Suite
VST: Serum, Punchbox
Key: E flat major
Tempo: 100 bpm
Number of channels (different sounds): 29
Time took: About 12 hours

Thanks to AtTheSpeedOf for allowing me to use his art. Visit this artwork using this link: https://www.newgrounds.com/art/view/llamareaper/fantasy-landscape-2

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Official AIM Review!

10 seconds in, I'm hearing this really subby noise, almost distorting. Could be kick conflicting with bass.

I do think the transition at 29 seconds was a bit goofy. Later hook is pretty catchy. Mix seems a bit muddy though. Reverb and delay getting swept up in the compression may be the culprit. I recommend GComp2. It has a sort of gating feature to mitigate the tendency of insignificant noises getting suuuuper compressed and taking over your mix.

I like the occasional tom fills you've thrown in. Sound good.

I do think ... what sounds like vocoded sweeps during your chorus, are a bit too loud.

Otherwise, enjoyed the piece. Overall structure is strong, and melodic content was good, if not a little safe. Thanks for turning out to this year's AIM!

---Official AIM review---

I like the dreamy synths at the beginning. The piece is a little slow to progress, and I think the transition at :29 was a bit lazy. The build-up into :48 was nice, and the melodies there are enjoyable. You might have overdone the reverb a tad there, though. I think the kick ducks under the mix a tad, and tightening up some of the reverb/delay effects might help it come through a bit more. I like the bridge section at 2:07 a lot, and the subsequent build-up into 2:33 felt really cathartic. Again, the mix could’ve been a lot tighter here, and that’s especially noticeable during the last refrain. The mix is loud, just not always as clean and sharp as it could be. You might need more compression on the drums and more careful equalizing in addition to the reverb concerns. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the instrumentation. A lot of the synths here are really cheesy, and you also could’ve done a lot more creative things with the drums in this piece. Overall, the piece is well-structured and smooth-flowing, but there are quite a few very repetitive elements. You’ve done a good job channeling the energy and selling the emotional aspects of the piece, but a lot of times your melodies/prominent riffs are heavily grounded in the chords and rely on a repetitive, cliche chord progression. The piece comes together so well in the end because you combine two of the main riffs you’re using within that framework, which is compositionally a very effective tool. That said, I’m not giving you many points for originality here. It’s a feel-good and melodic kind of piece, but the mixing issues and generic sound design and chord progression take away from it a bit. Overall solid work! You guys have a great sense of harmony, and you also know how to shape and structure a piece very well.


ClockbeatAdelony87 responds:

thanks! i'm mainly good at composing, but im not that great at sound design and mixing, but im still learning. thanks a lot for the advice, i'll try to apply it to my future songs. thanks ;)

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4.05 / 5.00

Jun 9, 2018
6:00 PM EDT
File Info
5.1 MB
3 min 41 sec

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