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though i do have some issues with the production / instrumentation of this song, i have to say it's incredibly charming, and something about it really hit my heart in the right place :)

the transition into 0:22 is really lovely; the vibrato in the bitcrushed synth contributes quite a lot to the character of the song. a lot of the more energetic sections in this song remind me vividly of garlagan, and one section in particular (starting at 1:49) gave me flashbacks to an artist called acloudyskye (if you haven't listen to his music before, i highly recommend you do).

i think that with a more aggressive, less muted mix, and a more vigorously worked, involved sonic palette, this song would be something really wonderful. i really do love it nonetheless, though :^)

looking forward to hearing the work you'll do in NGADM! i hope i get to go against you at some point.

ValentNG responds:

Thank you so much, stardew!
That is some solid advice, mixing is definitely a weakness, but I'll keep working on it!

As for acloudyskye, I have listened to some tracks from his discography and I can totally see the resemblance, especially from a specific track called "A Drowning Cry". The syncopated percussion and ghostly athmo is bizarrely similar and it was completely unintentional. Glad you told me about him, though.

Good luck in NGADM! :)

Tasty melodies and change ups. Really sexy elements love. Mix sounded pretty mono and flat but that's my only complaint. All those great elements would have sounded more crisp if they all had their own place in the field. Just have to get brave, play with panning, and trust your ears a little.

It's a well accepted rule of thumb to put your bass tones, bass drums, and snares towards the center field. You can play with everything else. I like to split my lead synths into two signals, route the two signals into a mixer, than pan the two channels hard to the left and right. I'll send hi-hats, tambs, bells, rides, and crash cymbals off to the sides where ever they sound best.

Panning creates the illusion that sounds are louder than they really are so you can pan something, then turn the level down on it to give room for other instruments! Go nuts Valent, would love to hear these dank melodies and elements in a crisper field :D

ValentNG responds:

Somehow this slipped under my radar, but thank you so much for the review, Quarl!
I'll keep on working on stereo balancing and mixing in general.


This is great <333
Really sweet and uplifting vibes! owo


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4.61 / 5.00

Jun 8, 2020
11:19 AM EDT
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7.7 MB
3 min 23 sec

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