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*Updated on 8 Aug 2018
Did some slight eq corrections in the master.
Slightly lowered bass frequencies and raised higher frequencies.
Nothing else.

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I like the warm phasing pads at the beginning, and the bass groove at :24 is really catchy and refreshing. Nice job with the drum pattern that comes in shortly thereafter, too. Sound design on this one is great, and the more prominent moving notes at 1:08 help inject a bit more emotion into the texture. Despite the soothing oscillation of the pads in the background, the composition could feel a lot more dynamic here. Structurally, this piece is very repetitive, and maintains the same harmonic framework throughout. It’ll really help you moving forward to find better ways of creating variety in your piece besides just adding and subtracting instruments over time. That said, most of the other elements of the composition are really strong, from the smooth flow of the progression to the pleasant harmonic blend. Everything sits really nicely in the mix, too, and the texture is very lush for most of the piece. Keep up the good work, BasiatordeCoronatus!

Mixing, mastering, and balance
2/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
1/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
2/2
Instrumentation and sound design
1/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1.5/1.5
Originality and uniqueness
1/1
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
.25/1
Composite score
8.75/10

BasiatordeCoronatus responds:

Thanks :)

Nice opening chord. Smooth resolution at 00:10. Looks like a relaxed 2 chord progression. I would say this is probably synthwave rather than new wave just based on the instrumentation, although the lead at 1:16 is a bit more modern.

Bass is a bit loud but smooth, good modulation. Drives the track along at a relative leisure. Sudden change at the outro caught me off guard and probably would have worked better as a whole note at the end on your I chord.

Other than a relative lack of variation throughout, I have no real complaints. A newcomer to the genre might have preferred a more varied lead line, maybe even some key changes or a bridge. As is, the song structure is probably the weakest part of the piece.

Mix wise, the drums need to come way up, or the bass and lead need to come down. Drums should always be the loudest part of your track; our brains aren't paying as much attention to them, so they need to be screaming loud to cut through the mix.

I'd like to hear a little more low-mid on your snare, perhaps some saturation.

Would also cut the low end up to about 250 or 300 Hz on any reverbs or delays you have floating around, and decrease the release time. The track feels spacious but somewhat muddy at the same time.

Would definitely recommend some mixing and mastering tutorials for your DAW, perhaps a few on compression and other FX. One I thought of off the top of my head was "How to Hear Compression" by Ben Levin.

Overall, chill track. Thanks for coming out to NGUAC!

BasiatordeCoronatus responds:

First of all, I'm really thankful for this detailed and objective observing.
Everything You said is correct.

My problem is that I don't have a good quality Speakers and temporary I'm not in the financial situation to afford some serious speakers. My speakers aren't that bad but they lack with the lower bass frequencies. I have decent headphones for monitoring, but it's not enough.
So far I didn't have any friends who have some really quality speakers, til recent, when I've met the person who have very good pro mini studio, and for the first time I've heard so much errors in frequencies of my music.
Definitely i need to upgrade my speakers, soon i hope. The biggest problem is always fu**ing Money :(

As regards to mixing, arranging and producing, well, i know most of the important things, but the fact is that I'm little bit impatient. When the idea comes i just want to let her out. Tending to rush. I'm aware of that. I'm still in the learning and developing phase, and a little bit lazy to dedicate, but I'm progressing, slowly but surely. ;)
This song was definitely rushed because NGUAC.

As regards to deciding the Genre, sometimes is little bit difficult, because i have mixed elements from different genres. I guess i could set it to the "Other - Experimental", but NG should have an "Custom Genre" choice.

I Need and Appreciate Constant Reminders about everything that involve upgrading my experience, fortifying my knowledge and expanding my ideas with the new knowledge.

Thanks for the comments, suggestions and recommendations. I really appreciate this.

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