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Knock Out

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Yes, I have no idea how to come up with good names :P Anyways, this is my submission for the Knock-Out round of NGUAC 2020! I went with a trancey style, because I am really into that gerne at the moment. 140BPM, pretty straightforward stuff.

And here is the list of the things I used:

DAW - Reason 11

VSTs and presets:

Serum - SY MellowBuzz, LD Power 5ths, PL Big Bells + my own presets

Vocodex - voice track vocoding

Valhalla VintageVerb - reverbs

Cableguys Kickstart - sidechain

Ozone 9 - mastering

Xfer OTT - mastering

Some SFX are from JayB's Effect Sample Pack, which is free to use.

Everything else is from Reason's own device pack and preset selection. (Factory Sounds ReFill, to be exact)

1ST REVISION (16th August)

FINAL REVISION (22th August): fixed vocodex and automation export problems, re-mixed and re-mastered, first version was way too compressed

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I like the catchy synths at the beginning. The piece throws the listener right into the middle of the action without much of a proper intro, but I’m enjoying the progression and rhythmic content. There’s a tad too much reverb in the texture imo, which might detract from the distinctness of some of the synths in the mix, but otherwise the production quality is pretty solid here. The drums would ideally be a little more present, but the frequencies are well-balanced and the melodic instruments all come through clearly. The synth pattern at the breakdown at 2:47 is nice, but the vocoder gets a little cheesy after a while. I think this piece could also use some more variety in the harmonic content, and also some more memorable melodies later on. The piece flows nicely, and there are some cool automations and mixing effects throughout, especially during transitory moments. I think a lot of the compositional details are pretty cliche, especially the chord progression and beat. That said, I like the full texture, rich atmosphere, and rhythmic content of the piece. Keep at it, EppuJoloZ!

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?)
Composite score

Credits & Info


3.68 / 5.00

Aug 16, 2020
9:02 AM EDT
File Info
14.2 MB
6 min 12 sec

Licensing Terms

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