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This is my track for the first round of NGADM 2018. Even if I don't make it to the next round this was really fun to make. I'm really excited to share this track with all of you. By the way, the vocals are made with Vocaloid.

The art was done by Shye! Go check her out, she makes really cool stuff: https://www.newgrounds.com/art/view/gdtriaxis/tritanopia

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This is an official NGADM '18 Round 1 review

Beginning comments: Great sound overall. I really dug this and it's definitely my style of music that I enjoy listening to. I think you handled yourself well and created a high quality song. The drop creates a sound I've been personally chasing to recreate at the first drop. It has a very Nero - My Eyes vibe which I can't get enough of, and you 've made me slightly jealous there. However, this being a contest and all of that, here's some of the shortfalls.

Production and Mixing: Well balanced, and carefully mastered. I never thought it was out of control anywhere and it head a good sound overall. It did lack in some low end though. For the intro and the builds you were fine, but I had a small issue here and there particularly at the drops. They were missing some punch and depth, and I think the problem is that you were a little too constrained with the volume. I'm not asking for a loudness war competitor, but I'm guessing maybe you didn't finalize the mix with a master multiband compressor (Maximizer is my friend in FL). The second drop especially felt underwhelming.

Composition and Structure: In retrospect, I can't think of many ways to make it better. This is definitely a longer song for a NGADM piece, but I never felt that it overstayed it's welcome. You divided sections and theme changes well with your dynamics. Nothing in the composition was really that complex, but I think this a good case of using something basic to make a good sounding song. You have a good amount of details to make the song full and you kept an overall theme constant throughout the song. It has a slight M83 vibe going on too (take that as a compliment). Good work

Sound Design: The synths you've picked are perfect. They're all so smooth when they need to be, and the kick and the snare (granted missing some low end) fit the synthwave style really well. Love it.

Ending comments: Great work. Almost sounds like a finished product, but a very good attempt.

Score:

Total - 7.5
Production - 1
Sound Design - 2
Composition - 1.75
Structure - 1.5
Replay - 1.25



I love the smooth pads at :04 and the airy atmosphere. The progression is a bit slow, but when the texture starts thickening a lot at :28. The vocals are okay - very recognizable as Vocaloid. Parts of the piece are pretty minimalistic - 1:36 was a bit of an anti-climax, but the production quality is strong. The spot where the vocals are probably used the best here is the breakdown at 2:18 imo. Build-up into 3:25 was really good, but once again I feel like that section needed a bit more textural fill to really sell the emotional height of the piece. Overall, the relaxing atmosphere, mastering, and instrumentation are really strong, but the composition felt a little too safe. Keep at it, Lethalix! :)


Lethalix responds:

Thanks for the review :)


Love the calmness. I would listen to this all day. 5 stars right in your face. <3


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Lethalix responds:

Thank you <3


Wow ur fast lol... I'm far from done with my track for the NGADM... Sounds very chill!! Love the vibe u got going on. I am missing some sub bass in the 'drop' tho...


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Lethalix responds:

I normally work really slow but this time it all happened pretty fast. And thanks, glad you enjoy it! I'm starting to think there are some frequencies i have problems hearing because i always get feedback on my sub lol.


This genre is not my cup of tea, but I enjoyed this a lot! I don't have much to say except that it was very relaxing :)


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Lethalix responds:

Thank you :)

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Lethalix
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Score
4.35 / 5.00

Uploaded
Jul 15, 2018
2:04 PM EDT
Genre
Synthwave
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11.4 MB
5 min 1 sec
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