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Made in Tracktion 7

To be completely honest, I didn't expect to have to get used to T7 all over again, but there was a little bit of a learning curve I had to get past. Fortunately for me, I made it to a point where I can work just like I used to, maybe even better than I used to.

This track is made based on an interesting idea that I had a long time ago, but I couldn't get a good result out of it at the time. The idea was to make a purposefully weird-ish song that utilizes normal 4/4 time rhythms and 4/4 triplet rhythms. Personally, I think it turned out well, but I'm just one of billions to judge it.

Technically my first song of 2020! Hope you enjoy!

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Great GD and study music

I like it, it’s well executed! However, from my view standpoint triplets in 4/4 isn’t weird at all. It’s the most used tuplet and people are used to its sound especially because of music that is on 3/4 time signature like a waltz for example. I think you should work on mixing and arrangement; the chords get muddy and unclear in some parts, this is because you are using closed and low register voicings (the way you organize the notes of a chord) for the chords, causing accumulation of frequencies. Have this in mind, in acoustics, lower pitch, will have more overtones and weaker fundamental frequency; higher pitch will have less overtones and more present fundamental. This applies to real instruments but also to some synthetic sounds, especially the ones that have too much overtones. What am i saying with this? when building chords, make sure to not have them be too low, if you think your chords sound muddy, trying a higher inversion might solve the problem! also consider that short harmonic intervals (from minor 2nd to major 3rd) in the low register, because that will generally sound bad, in higher registers short intervals will sound clear most of the time. Now, something else to consider, turning down the 200-400hz range of your chords and cutting all the frequencies below 200hz with an equalizer will make your chords and low end sound cleaner as well.

You have to work on the stereo imaging as well, i notice the mid and low mid range is too wide, this makes the center feel empty and will sound bad when playing in mono speakers. You may have accidentally done that while sound designing, have in mind that unison and detune mess with stereo a lot, when you add for example 16 voices to make a supersaw lead/chords/bass, the synth will copy the sound 16 times and pan it across the left and right channels detuning each voice a little bit to avoid phase cancellation, this makes the sound extremely wide and a lot of producers aren’t aware of this, so next time pay attention to that because a wide main element isn’t good unless there are mono layers as support.

There are other things i could point out but for now that should be enough!

ShockblastDeluxe responds:

Thanks for your input! I look forward to putting the mixing tips you gave in practice.

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3.88 / 5.00

Feb 13, 2020
8:15 PM EST
File Info
11.2 MB
4 min 55 sec

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