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Some nice elements, but seems a little empty at times. The bass is quite characteristic and the snare both sound crisp, but beginning takes a long time to develop (10 sec of just kick, and then only bass added for another 20 sec; seems slow). Coming up with some sort of intro that could get into around the 1 min mark right away might be an idea.

I echo knightspear in adding variation throughout the song (not just the ending), whether it be velocity or filter cutoff automation - can make a big difference and add some phrasing. Also, idk if you use compression on the kicks and percussion in general - it can make them a bit more punchy (though the snare pretty much already sounds good as is).

Oh, and the plucky synth that comes in at 2:10 is a nice sound with the delay, though the melody you make with it is pretty minimal and meandering kinda without much focus. Overall, the effect is a pretty chill background music, very subdued.

I know everyone's workflow is different, but I like coming up with a solid melody and chord progression FIRST before anything else like drums or bass or soft pads, then that can be a good anchor for a song, like 'the hook'. And definitely messing around with various filter automations is a (relatively) easy way to add movement and progression to a sound or whole track without actually changing the notes or the instrument(s) themselves, ya know?

Sorry for the rant-like info-dump style, just wanted to share some general ideas. Good luck!

Piginoz responds:

Thank you so much for the tips! :)

I think the intro is good, introduces enough to keep me interested in a timely manner. I feel like those pads at 1:06 are a little out of sync as in they don’t seem to mix super we’ll with the rest of the track, but they’re still ok. Another thing you might consider is playing around with the velocity on the drum kicks and other elements, a little bit of variation in that area can make your track more interesting. I’m a sucker for deep synths so I really like your choice on the bass instrument you chose.

I don’t know the context of this track, but I could see this as some background music in a pretty chill game, like when you’re exploring a city or something. Good work.

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Aug 3, 2020
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Synthwave
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5.5 MB
4 min 1 sec

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