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Space Jet Maniac

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UPDATE: It's been fixed :3

This is a song I made for the Video Game Music Challenge hosted by Everratic and my chosen theme was "Destroyer

Encounter" which is set in an interstellar space-like setting with spaceships fighting each other. I was originally gonna call this "Blazing Lazer" but I thought "Space Jet Maniac" was more specific for the boss you're fighting against. I had a lot of fun with this one, so I hope it sounds good! Feedback is very much appreciated!

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Composition and melodies are fairly well done actually. The transitions from section to section do feel a bit abrupt at times, using some leading / trailing effects could help with that, as well as giving some melodic indication.
Sounds quite dry, can tell not much processing has been done on the mixer (if garage band even has one anyways)

Not too sure about the sound design. There’s this one violin note (the highest) that keeps bothering me. Don’t know if it’s off-key or if it’s otherwise tonally distorted by the plugin. And the synth choices are quite… interesting. Not too sure what to think of them, as they do seem kind of random at times. In the end they don’t sound bad per se.

However, I am not a fan of the drums. The kick is barely audible, and the snare sample is quite odd sounding. Their composition though is good, so just changing the samples and improving the mix would do wonders. In general, improving the mixing of the track would help it quite a lot.

A lot of these I get are hard to (if not impossible) to improve as garage band is (certainly was), well, rudimentary to put it simply :p However the one thing that garage band does not have an effect on (composition/arrangement) is in order, which is very good.

I would suggest you take a look at some other DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) that exist out there. A number of them are completely free, LMMS comes to mind for example (not sure if that ran on mac, which I assume you are using). I tried garage band fairly long time ago, but at least back then it was lacking features (custom audio samples, custom audio plugins) that are basically standard in other DAWs. Not sure if garage band has caught up, but just little something to think about.

F0XtheFUZZ responds:

Thank you for your feedback. I’m not using GarageBand anymore since I bought a new computer and am currently learning Ableton. The tips and critiques you gave me have been quite helpful and honestly, I wish this could have been better.

Drums are not really a specialty of mine, which was why they sounded wrong. I wanted them to sound more punchy and loud but couldn’t figure out any of the mixing options for the drums.

Again thanks for your message and I’ll hope to improve with some new material soon with Ableton. :)

Hello F0XtheFUZZ,

Good work, the repetition is not too boring so well done, the strings are good but your dissonances need maybe a second regard, nothing terrible but just a reconsideration.
That fun others thing about Golden Eye (I've play it a lot however) but that make me more thing of arcade came in a shoot em up or beat em up, something like this :-)


Fun track! A lot of adventurous dissonances in there, I love it!

It sounds like a remix of the GoldenEye64 fps, and holy shit I love it so much lol

I like it overall.
The composition does seem to go off a little at 0:50. I still know what you were going for however. Kind of reminds me of Golden Eye n64. Good work overall

F0XtheFUZZ responds:

Thanks for your response! I will admit, I was trying to go for a bit of a hastiness kinda feel at some parts but yeah, that part does seem a bit off. Thanks again!

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4.12 / 5.00

Jan 7, 2021
8:25 AM EST
Video Game
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4.9 MB
2 min 38 sec
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