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This is a song I made for NGUAC 2020, I hope you like it!

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So the song starts in a very chiptune style, chiptune is hard for me to judge because im not sure what kind of mixing problem one would run into. I'm sure its a lot harder than i think it is.

For instance, man you are making some SPICY TASTY chords but they are conflicted in the frequency spectrum. Your sub is great, but the "Bass" arpeggiated voice is SO close to the chords. so the chords get drowned by the rythm synth or "bass" like ADR3 said, and i have to really listen for those spicy tasty chords instead of just hearing them. i think that bass or rhythm synth wouldve sounded fine an octave down, or turned down a lot, or simplified when the chords come in.

Now im confused why you went from chiptune to piano, and the piano is pretty loud and over compressed, the violins once again are drowned by this rhythm you have going on with arpeggiated piano, i love the little arpegiated high notes you add in at 1:36.

this song got really overshadowed by that over balanced bass line or rhythm synth.

your transitions are a bit lacking overall, simply just going to a new idea instead of adding a transitional section. transition in my opinion and widely accepted in the industry, are HUGE. and can make or break your song. Yours arent TERRIBLE or song breaking, just more or less not really there.

Overall, ADR3 said it all very well, I can't add much more, great submission and Good luck!!

Nice intro going on here.

Some comments, I really like your chords, but the bass is too high up. The chords end up sounding very chunky and congested in the low mid range, which hurts your very pretty writing.

Percussion is also hiding in the mix on your big sections. I would rather than turn it up, turn everything else down until it is clearly heard, strongly -- apply compression to the percussion itself, possibly space out your hihats more.

2:20, I'm not sure if it sounds better, or if I'm getting used to the congested writing.

I'm just not liking bar 7 and 8 of that progression where the bass note is so close to the chord itself. It also sounds like going up and down in a perfect fifth or perfect fourth or just going back up to a note we've heard before. Either change the chord inversion maybe.... change the chord... Something's going on there. It's hard to hear what because it's so tightly wound and muddy. It may even be that the bassline is too busy.

I would also suggest checking out the rule of pairs -- it's a video by Kush After Hours explaining best practices for transitioning. Basically, for every transition, you take away two elements and then add or change two new ones. A lot of problems I have with this track are simple add one element transitions, and that can lead us to cluttering, which happens here.

Mixing wise the piece sounds like it has almost no highs. That could be because the hihats are so far down in the mix, transition sweeps aren't really used, the snare doesn't have any high or white noise frequencies. I will say good job not overcompensating for space by getting that effect with high end reverb.

On your sustained instruments you may try a sidechain to the kick and snare to get more movement out of them.

Thanks for coming out to NGUAC!

Full of energy, I really like it! I think the only thing I would change is find a different piano sound than the FL Keys default preset lol

c0mc1ol responds:

Thanks! I was actually using FLEX for the piano but yea, I'll keep that in mind :)

I love it bro! The track is so magical to me :) I love the chord progression and melodies :)
Only thing I can suggest is to have the kick and snare louder, even for 8bit music

c0mc1ol responds:

Thanks! I didn't notice that the drums were too quiet but thanks for letting me know! :D

really good but not much of a fan of the chord sequence

c0mc1ol responds:

I don't remember much of the chords I used but yea, thanks for the feedback!

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3.49 / 5.00

Aug 17, 2020
3:58 PM EDT
Video Game
File Info
7.2 MB
3 min 9 sec
  • FL Studio 20

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