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Author Comments

My entry for the NGUAC 2020 knock-out round.

I was experimenting with different FX to see if I could come up with something interesting. I used several plugins to do this. The FX used were primarily Waves plugins.

The drum samples were from Addictive Drums 2, however the midi patterns, like the rest of the instruments, were manually programmed by me; I didn't use pre-made midi patterns.

The brands of synths used included Kontakt sample libraries, Arturia, and Massive. The piano was Arturia's Piano plugin.

I hope you enjoy this track. :)

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I like the cute, catchy synth riffs at the beginning. The melodies are really nice, and the glitchy elements of the beat (example, :43) are neat. The texture has a lot of staccato-y elements, which is fine for a while, but could use some more shaking up at some point. The piece flows pretty smoothly, but could also use some more shape at times - the energy level feels pretty constant throughout. I also think the transition at 2:17 was a bit sudden, although I appreciated the variations in the texture there. The production quality is generally solid, and I'm enjoying the loud and clean mix. The section at 3:14 serves as a nice bridge, and the rhythmic content there is especially nice. I think the sound design is one of the strongest elements of this piece, actually - feels perfect for robot day. :) The final iteration of the main riff at 4:16 could've used a bit more development. Going bigger on the final refrain is a generally a good way of making a piece feel more dynamic, especially when it's relatively long like this one. Still, I really like the alternately cute and creepy mood of this one. Certainly seems fitting for a videogame. Keep at it, Codefreq! :)

Codefreq responds:

Thank you for the feedback! I really tried to do something unique with the instruments, so I appreciate that you thought it worked well. I’ll certainly keep the music flow in mind in the future.

Credits & Info


4.48 / 5.00

Aug 21, 2020
10:01 AM EDT
File Info
12.1 MB
5 min 19 sec
  • Cakewalk
Misc. Kit
  • Arturia
  • IK Multimedia
  • Native Instruments
  • waves

Licensing Terms

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