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The Fallen Lounge

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This was originally part of the Club boss fight song I did earlier, intended to be the after math of the battle where the characters listened to the cries of the broken Bouncer. I had this whole idea that the bouncer was just doing their job and didn't want to die at the hands of the party. I had a whole crying robot theme and everything but I scrapped it after it got too tedious and i didn't like where it was going.

After I split it off that track, i changed the sound dramatically. It turned into a loungey groovey song once i figured out how to use piano tension, which was my main learning take away from this track. So this was a venture into playing with multiple piano sounds.

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I like this, especially the first part. I recommend adding some high end treble to the entire track, maybe put an exciter on it. ---- EDIT ---- Just found out my headphone jack is going bad and I wiggled it around to listen to the song again and it sounds so much better in this regard. So the problem here was on my end, not yours. o.o

I'd also suggest panning your high hat somewhere... As I'm listening I'd pan around a few of your instruments as well, it's very much like a 'wide mono track' rather than a stereophonic experience. Now, there's not much wrong with that if that's what you wanted, but some panning would give more depth to the piece.

I think the piano is too loud to start with, and much like the other instruments it has a muffled sound to it (which is why I recommended an exciter). ---- EDIT---- It's not muffled anymore thanks to the aforementioned wiggling. I do though hear a huge difference in timbre between the higher velocity notes and lower velocity ones. I recommend putting those notes in separate instrument tracks and EQing them to sound more congruent.

Honestly that first riff on the frequency isolated keyboard is great and you could make a whole song just revolving around that. If I rip that idea off I'll add you as an inspiration!

--- EDIT ---- In the second part of your song when a honky tonky kind of keyboard comes in, it sounds like you're slamming up against your limiter.

Overall I think it's a nice song, but the mix is messy. I wish I could help you clean it up more with better advice, but I've gotten verrrrry bad at mixing these past few years, because I forgot how I used to do this stuff.

Celudoc responds:

Thanks for the listen and the tips! This was also one of my first ventures into playing with piano velocities, so I'm sure I made mistakes in here with that. Will definitely try to fix when i release it again into an album.

I definitely will take any mastering tips and tricks that are offered, as it's still kinda confusing for me (I only recently understood what gain staging is, if that gives you an idea how new I am with mastering).

I've not tried dedicating specific notes to a whole new mixer track before, I usually just dedicate instruments and then side chain; so I'm rather interested in that concept and may try that in later tracks.

I'm not sure if my ears are honed in enough to detect it yet though. If you have any good comparison videos or resources i should check out for that, I'd be grateful, as it's rather confusing on what to specifically search for when it comes to mastering and final sound quality, since there's so many opinions on mastering correctly out there, it can be a tad daunting.

Thats why I really appreciate the criticism and tips from the userbase here. Thanks again!

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4.67 / 5.00

Mar 23, 2019
3:04 PM EDT
File Info
4.3 MB
3 min 10 sec
  • FL Studio
  • VSCO 2

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