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Rattlesnake On the Railway

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I ve got a nice acoustic guitar for FLS. I dont remember its name XD. I made some few melodies alongside with the piano and i liked it a lot. This is something i ve never done before.

This is my entry for the N G U A C Knock-out Round 2018. Enjoy and give some feedback!

P.D: Can anybody tell me if i put the track on the correct genre? I dont want to lie to anybody.

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Oh my Jesus. I'm not sure if this Ample Sound AGML -- I think I may have recommended it to just about everyone I know at some point, but watch your articulations, room sound, attacks and -- you could probably stand to use some keyswitches, palm mutes, etc. to make this sound more natural. As is, it isn't bad, but the acoustic guitar is not blending well with the electronic sound.

Part of this is, when you make rhythm guitar tracks, you want to double-track them -- one guitar 100% left, 1 100% right, with slightly different mic, FX, attack time, velocities, and millisecond humanization to avoid the dreaded phasing/flanging sound when played on stereo. That's my single biggest gripe with this song. As is, the guitar is centered, which makes it sound very flat and one dimensional.

Key switches take ages to learn how to use, but they will add a totally new dimension to your synth guitars -- SFX like slides, chuckas, palm mutes, pick and slap attacks, all are important to presenting a nuanced, human performance.

Now, since I realize the lack of double-tracking is half the reason your guitars are too quiet in the mix, I'll try not to talk about it any more, lol.

Also, given the synth percussion, I would probably not place this in Gen Rock. Maybe Pop or D&B. I may actually go ahead and do that once I finish this review.

Compositionally, this is a very nuanced piece, but at times I find myself wondering why you haven't dropped a bass line in yet. The thin instrumentation sounds fine for orchestral additions but naked without them. By 2:44 I'm wondering if I'm ever going to hear one. At 3:01, I think I do, but it's no doubt hidden far under your electric guitar. Do double-track that when you get the chance. So rewarding.

At 3:28 I'm expecting you to go full drum and bass. I'm disappointed by sudden cutoffs of the electric guitar.

Also, I'm unsure if you're using a generic distortion plugin or not -- you may appreciate Emissary Amp and KeFIR/NadIR cab. Both are free, and you can find impulses for the latter free online. Chernobyl Studios does a few great tutorials on using them effectively, if you intend to bring more e-guitar into your compositions. You sound like you have a good head for using them already, just lacking some of the technical aspects. I'd actually be really excited just to hear the guitars in this track touched up once judging is complete.

Other than that, fun piece. It has its technical issues, but overall, I think it works well.

Thanks for coming out to NGUAC!

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Aug 6, 2018
3:16 AM EDT
Drum N Bass
File Info
9.1 MB
4 min 0 sec

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