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Xentiment - Summer (NGUAC 2019)

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I dont like making tracks on demand but luckily inspiration hit me decently couple days ago so I was able to make this track. It just felt like summer in sound to me so I named it that. Idk.
As per request by rules of NGUAC, heres the list of sounds:
Plugins:
Harmless
Harmor
Nexus
Sytrus
DirectWave
PoiZone
DVS Saxophone
All presets are either fabric that came with plugin or made by me.
Samples:
Drums - Fl Studio stock samples, Hi Hat from Ste Ingham Synthwave Drums pack thats free to download from YouTube.
Guitar - G string, recorded by my guitarist friend.
Risers, Perc, Effects - Fl Studio stock samples
Vinyl crackles and Bird chirping from Cymatics Life pack, was free when downloaded.

Enjoy :)

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it sounds more christmas than summer :)

IXentimenTI responds:

As long as you like it :)

I like the relaxed vibe at the beginning and the cute sound design. The mix is a tad quiet, and also has a lot of pizzicato-y elements to the texture (as opposed to legato and smooth). The melodies are nice, and the strings (while not entirely authentic) add a folksy charm to the piece. The minimal breakdown at 1:58 was nice for some structural variety, and I like the melodic variations at 2:53 with the saxophone. The production holds up pretty well here, although at times I thought the drums could’ve been a bit louder. I also thought the fade-out ending was a bit lazy, and also that you could’ve used a more energetic section towards the end of the piece to really hit it home. Right now, it seems that the most prominent climax of the piece occurs about halfway through, which isn’t really conducive to keeping the listener engaged in a piece that has such repetitive harmonic content. Still, nice job with the cute mood, mixing, sound design, and melodies here. Keep at it, IXentimenTI! :)

Mixing, mastering, and balance
1.5/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
1.25/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
1.75/2
Instrumentation and sound design
1/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1.25/1.5
Originality and uniqueness
.5/1
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
.5/1
Composite score
7.75/10

IXentimenTI responds:

Hey dude thanks for leaving a review! Those seem to be pretty hard to come by.
I can agree with pretty much all criticisms you laid out but have to point out that mix is quiet mostly because I didnt have enough time to make separate masters so I just made one at -14 LUFS and uploaded it everywhere. Im very glad with fact you thought production was decent because its difficult for me to produce well since Im mixing on pretty shitty headset.
Although I sadly didnt pass Im quite happy with scores (6, 8 (that was a *suprise*, 7.75) considering Im producing for less than year and the half. You can bet youll be seeing me next year.
Cheers,
- Xent. ;)

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IXentimenTI
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Downloads
5
Votes
6
Score
4.30 / 5.00

Uploaded
Aug 5, 2019
1:49 PM EDT
Genre
Synthwave
File Info
Song
8.2 MB
3 min 37 sec
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You must give credit to the artist.
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You may not use this work for commercial purposes. *

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