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JUSTIFY THE HEAT is my first entry for NGADM 2018, ended up as a follow up to my track "RIDDIM" from earlier this year, enjoy <3

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- Brendan

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I like the dramatic hits at the beginning and the percussion that bridges the gaps between them. The progression is a bit slow overall, but the sound design is really strong by around :45 with the higher-frequency elements bleeding in. Awesome climax into 1:12. Love the cinematic thematic content. The piece could use a bit more harmonic depth and/or melodic content at times, though. I also think you could stand to add a bit more structural variety - the beat has a constant energy to it that I would've liked to see broken up at some point in the piece. I really liked the part at 3:27 on with the prominent 5-note moving lines in the bass. The composition could be a bit more dynamic during the second half, though. My favorite elements of the piece are probably the apprehensive mood, sound design, and clean production. Keep up the good work, ActualElf!

ActualElf responds:

Thanks Logic!

I agree with all the points you made and will take the criticism on-board for future tracks <3

lol, up that BPM a little, change up the hi hats and you have a super aggressive drum and bass. You have serious strength with your synths. What tools are you using to make those growls and basses?

There's so much going on in the background here. Sweet pads and samples ^o^

ActualElf responds:

Thank you Quarl

I hadn't had the thought about an up-tempo version but I hear it now in my head, I've been listening to so much really modern dubstep lately that the inspiration kinda flushed into this track and took it in that direction.

Most of my sound design is done in Serum, the LFO shaping and workflow really works for me. I feel at home using it and like I can make deliberate decisions as opposed to stumbling around in synths where I don't know what I'm doing lmao. I tend to find it harder when I can't visually see how I'm modulating a sound.

Post processing wise there tends to be multi-bands (OTT), saturators, various free VSTs and I've been working on a "Big Phatty" effect rack that is going pretty well but I have yet to use in a song.

The basses in the section from 3:14 were written really weirdly, making each bass and recording them to the same audio track, I'm mid transition from my old laptop to my new PC so those CPU limitations still had a hold of me for this song.

Thanks for checking in, always happy to hear from you <3

Credits & Info


3.75 / 5.00

Jul 22, 2018
5:10 AM EDT
File Info
4.3 MB
4 min 40 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.