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I took my old approach to music for this one, rather than spending hours trying to mix very complex tracks.

Entry to NGUAC 2018.

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Interesting intro with the piano. The sub frequencies on reverb from the key attack is starting to build up in the background and give me that head-swimmy feeling though. Recommend hi-passing your reverbs to somewhere around 400 Hz

0:36, that sidechained piano is distorting, a sure sign of being mixed too loud.

Protip, before you apply FX to the master channel, make sure your track peaks no higher than about -6 dB. If your mix sounds good here, it is ready to be mastered. It's hard to squeeze a track under this when you're used to mixing everything all the way up, but it's worth it.

1:56, I really like this section despite being really low mid heavy and a bit of soft clipping in your bass.

Points for dynamic contrast as well, although I am noticing some of the issues Kwing pointed out. I don't quite know where we are going occasionally. I think the section at 3:12 could have been cut. Still noticing clipping, on that timp. 3:48 synth shines though, and we're back to the groove. I'd have kept that drop going for another repeat or 3, then let 4:18 be our outro for a good 8-16 bars.

Piano outro does bring an interesting texture though. 4:52 would have been the perfect, inquisitive little note to end on. When you kept that phrase going, I was soooo disappointed.

I'd have given a 9/10 if not for some questionable structural decisions in this track overall, not to mention clipping. Arrangement and chord voicing is what's keeping me from rating lower than 8. Overall though, I do see a lot of potential right here. Some tutorials on song structure, mixing, and mastering, and you'll be well on your way to being a successful trance artist!

Fynzyme responds:

Thank you for being so in-depth and for the protip! I understand exactly what you're saying and I really appreciate the advice.

It doesn't sound bad, per se, but a lot of this just doesn't make sense. Like you have some sort of buildup going on at the one minute mark and then at 1:12 it just kind of stops without any kind of payoff. Same with 2:26. Like I'm all for dynamics, but the transition just feels weird.

Some of the synth later in the song sounds like it would be right at home in a puzzle game, which is neat (Breach 2 by FreeAsANerd has a very similar sound.)

Fynzyme responds:

Thanks for the feedback, I see what you mean and I admit I'm not great with dynamics, especially breakdowns.

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Jun 29, 2018
8:23 PM EDT
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7.2 MB
5 min 13 sec

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