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Arashi (WIP/Preview) Arashi (WIP/Preview)

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Oh my lord. This is probably the best DnB I've heard on NG so far. And I've been here for a long while! The chord progressions are tasty as hell, the sound itself is very intriguing and unique, and the pad-work is practically flawless.

One thing I miss, though, is some variation on the drum loop, and I think the intro should be made a little fuller. Some EQ-tweaking and filtering oughta fix that. (But that's just my opinion)

Great track overall! Voted 5/5, faved, and followed!

Take care!

//K.


JandreParis responds:

Tanks ya, tanks ya! I've been around myself for quite sometime, mostly hiding in the shadows and uploading here and there.

Ah, the drum variations will certainly be sorted out. I've got some ideas for 'em.

Fuller intro? Hmm... could be, could be. I've been tweaking the mix often so it may just need some more nuances here and there. Or a bit of a soft growler underneath the pads. Ideas....

Thanks!

-J.P.


Critz Critz

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

The composition sounds really unconventional, which makes me happy!
Although I think you oughta work on the mix. It's pretty rough. A lot of ear-busting high-mids that annoy the guts out of me.

Keep it up.

//K.


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Sequenced responds:

what r u, dubstep guru ?


Proto Moon Proto Moon

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

This song has its ups and downs.

Ups:
- Melody is pretty interesting. It never heads off to places that it shouldn't go, it stays within the frame but remains interesting.
- Drums are kickass.
- The mix is well balanced.
- Breakdowns \m/

Downs:
- Song is, overall, waaay too synthetic.
- Guitars sound extremely computerized.

I always get real picky when it comes to metal and such. I actually think the song was pretty heavy, but the guitar sound is really distracting. This song could've worked totally fine if you added some vocals to it. Without any singing, the guitars pop out of the mix in a way that gives the song this oldschool-NG-flash-game-feel to it (which isn't necessarily a bad thing).

Conclusion: The composition itself was nice, but the sounds that the song is based on are pretty underwhelming and could use some work.


Frozenith responds:

It sounds very synthesized because I compose it to sound similar to psx MegaMan X4, X5, X6, with a modern quality and a powerful sound just like some of my favorite metal bands :)

And yes, you're right, I need to make better guitars. I'll do my best effort :)

Thank for your feedback, I'm glad that you listen n_n
Cheers from Chile!


Colorful Wasteland Colorful Wasteland

Rated 0.5 / 5 stars

When I started out making music I thought that everything I made was impeccably genius. Now, when look back on those tracks that I submitted to an old account back in '08 or something, I now realize how horrible it was. But if I hadn't made those awful tracks back then, maybe I wouldn't be where I am today.

In all honesty, this is not a very satisfying track. It's repetitive, discordant, and not so well mixed. For that I'm giving this submission half a star. But even though this song might not be top notch (in my opinion) it still has some potential to be part of some weird video game here on NG. And in the end, it's all good practice!

Nowadays I usually select my sounds first, write the music second, and mix/master lastly. From there I just keep mixing and adding more (but not too many) ingredients to the song. After that I compile and listen the song, but just because it sounds good NOW it doesn't mean it will sound as good later. So I let the track rest for a day or so, and then I re-listen the song.

That process goes on and on, until finally I've managed to create something that sounds good most of the times I listen to it.

Moral of the story; You are your worst critic. Don't submit stuff on impulse. Carefully go through the rights and wrongs with your track, and then fix the wrongs.

Pro-tip: Run the track through different speakers and/or headphones to see if the song sounds good through all of the sounds systems.

I hope I didn't sound like a total douche, and that my advise was of some help. Merry Christmas!

//Kabalist.


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IPSBLT responds:

When i started to make music, like you, i thought my music is somehow...good.Goooooooood.But when i read all your review for my song (with that half star ), i started to heard my songs again and realize that was just a dumb or something.And because thatt i think i'll try to remake those one-the good the better.
Thanks for your advice!
Merry Christmas!


The Lights Belong to Us The Lights Belong to Us

Rated 4 / 5 stars

This was a very soothing track with an enjoyable intro and a nice mix overall.

The only complaint I have is regarding the wobble synth, which I honestly think is kind of harsh at some points. Especially during the lower notes. I think the drastic change of pitch kind of kills the character of the synth.

I have to salute you for the slap bass-break. Seems like kind of a rarity, plus it gives the entire song an immensely progressive vibe.

Good work, chap. Keep it up!

Faved and followed!

//Kabalist.



-Zombie Pikachu- VIP -Zombie Pikachu- VIP

Rated 4 / 5 stars

What VSTs do you use? That wet synth sounds so sexy.

Great job!

//K.


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Demonicity responds:

Massive and Harmor ;)
and SI - Strings and some other orchestral VST's


Sandy Hook Tribute Sandy Hook Tribute

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Wow! The chorus gave me the goosebumps. The lyrics are pretty cool, but the quality of the vocals could be improved alot, both using a better mic and through more detailed mixing.

Good job, anyways! Keep it up and take care.

//K.


KleptoidKat responds:

mm, this is an old one.

Quality is much much better now.

Thanks for the thoughts!


Pareidolic War Pareidolic War

Rated 4 / 5 stars

An excellent composition, but just as many other composers here on Newgrounds, you deserve way better VSTs... Or maybe just some refinement of the synths you have. The key velocity of the piano should have some more variation, or else it sounds really harsh and repetetive. No biggie, but it's not too hard to fix.

Good job, mate.

//Kabalist.


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Phonometrologist responds:

Nice! I appreciate these reviews. But to be honest, I don't deserve anything. I thought about getting new synths, but I figured I'd stop spending money on libraries until there is a job calling for something specifically. I have enough now that I can mess around with, and I would have just have to spend some time with sounds instead of paying someone else for stuff. Just didn't have time to mess around with sounds for this particular project. Thanks for taking the time.


Swan Lullaby Swan Lullaby

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

That staccatto violin/viola in addition to the flute gives me some sort of Runescapey nostralgia.

Some criticism:
I think the tubas deserve a little EQ tweaking, and those sustained violins require some refinement, in my opinion. It sounds like they're stealing space from all the other instruments. I think the best way to fix that would be to give the violins a bunch of attack so that they "rev up" instead of starting immediately. Sounds kind of unnatural.

If that doesn't suit you, you could always check out other violin VSTs. (What software did you use for this song, by the way?)

Maybe I'm just being picky. Those are my thoughts anyways.

Apart from that, you did a WONDERFUL job with the ambience. I get the chills when those pads cut in at the beginning.

Also; I'm not sure, but I think we may have used the exact rain-and-thunder sample from Freesound. It may not be as audible in my song, but you might notice it (http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/574205).

Good job, sire. Hope to hear more great stuff like this in the future. Keep it up.

Faved and followed!

//Kabalist.


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Chemiqals responds:

Thanks for the feedback! I used the standard Kontakt library for most of the orchestral instruments. It's all I really have access to at the moment. I'd KILL for some more unique VSTs, but I'm happy that I was even able to make something like this at all! =P

We certainly could have used the same rain samples, cause I did get these from Freesound (with some tweaks here and there in Adobe Audition)! ^_^

Thanks for listening, and I'm really glad that you enjoyed it! ♥♥♥


Driplets on the Water Driplets on the Water

Rated 4 / 5 stars

This is really nice! I was kinda bugged out by the "are you ready"-thing. Seems a little overused and old, in my opinion.

It's a nice overall track, but I think the lead deserves to be a little more up front, you know? The bass is kind of draining that synth from time to time.
Apart from that, it's a really nice dance song.

Good job.

//Kabalist.


Ectisity responds:

Thx for the feedback Kabalist :D. Glad you liked it :). I actually think the same thng about the "are you ready" sample, but I was short on good voice samples, and I didn't want to use the ones I've used in like my three latest songs, so I chose that one because I thought it sounded pretty good X3.

As for the lead being drained, I think the main problem is the leveling of the lead actually. I struggled with it quite a bit, and once I thought I liked one volume, I would listen to it the next day and turn it back down X3.

Anyways, thx for the detailed review, and I'm glad you enjoyed the track :).
-Ectisity