I like the powerful synths at the beginning, although the chords sound a bit like the notes are spaced too close together. Might help give the piece a more open sound if you experimented with moving a couple of the notes up an octave. The chords also have a lot of attack, although that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The kick drum you used sounds a bit dry and high-pitched, although there’s a nice one with more bass at :37. The melodies at around :45 are pleasant, although by then it’s easy to tell that the melodic synths are really distorting the drums in the mix. I think you need to cut down on the reverb and add some compression to the drums. More importantly, I’d make sure to use an equalizer to remove the frequencies in the synths (besides the bass) that are below around 200 Hertz. Tones down there can really make your mix sound muddy and indistinct. Notice, for example, how much quieter your drums sound at 1:05 compared to the few seconds the melody isn’t playing at :47. You can fix that with mixing tools like equalization and panning. The distorted mix is probably my main problem with this piece. I really like the spacey atmosphere and harmonies. Some of the drum samples, especially the snare, are pretty generic. The piece could also use a tad more structuring - it sounds like it has a pretty continuous flow until around the 2-minute mark, where there’s a stronger sense of climax. Still, it would’ve been nice to hear a breakdown in the middle or an atmospheric bridge without the drums. Overall, though, mixing should definitely be the main area of focus for you. The sound design, progression, composition, and melodic content are all good here. I strongly suggest looking up tutorials on YouTube for how to use equalizers (often called “EQs”), compressors, and panning for whatever DAW you use. If you happen to use FL Studio, PM me and I’ll give you some more pointers myself. Let me put it this way: good composition makes you sound like you took some music theory courses in college. Good mixing makes you sound like you’ve mastered your DAW. You already have the composition down. Now it’s just a matter of getting the most out of your production tools. Good luck, man! Please do contact me if you use FL Studio. It really doesn’t take long to get good at mixing and mastering if you know which buttons to press. :) Keep at it, Xyanp!
Mixing, mastering, and balance
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
Instrumentation and sound design
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
Originality and uniqueness
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)