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Colored Dreams (My first track ever)|(Need Reviews)
« on: January 22, 2016, 03:06:01 am »
So, this is my first song that I've finished and I'm super excited to share it here!!!

I couldn't really decide which genre it fell under but please tell me about my shortcomings and how the mixing and mastering are on this track.

Thanks in advance if you appreciated it!!!  :)


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Re: Colored Dreams (My first track ever)|(Need Reviews)
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2016, 05:07:36 am »
We all have to start somewhere! My biggest criticism is the kick, its fighting against too many sounds and doesn't have that definition, if you havent already, I would mess around more with side chain compression and making sure there is enough space for that kick to come through the mix! Im a big fan of the way you use the fx, none seemed out of place and happened at the appropriate time. keep on producin :) sounds good for a first song
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Re: Colored Dreams (My first track ever)|(Need Reviews)
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2016, 01:14:20 pm »
We all have to start somewhere! My biggest criticism is the kick, its fighting against too many sound and doesn't have that definition, if you havent already, I would mess around more with side chain compression and making sure there is enough space for that kick to come through the mix! Im a big fan of the way you use the fx, none seemed out of place and happened at the appropriate time. keep on producin :) sounds good for a first song

Thank you very much for your reply :) and yes I'll put more stress on the kick in my other productions.

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Re: Colored Dreams (My first track ever)|(Need Reviews)
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2016, 05:24:04 pm »
Hi The Dog :)

0:00: Intro feels a bit too side chained here, unless that was the artist choice you were going for, I would reduce the side chain and use it only after the kick comes in.

0:48: I think you could maybe pan the element (hats) a bit and lower the volume on it by at least 2 db.

1:07: Nice drum roll :)

1:15: I would follow bettlejuice's suggestion about the kick and check all other elements and see which ones have frequencies clashing at the low end.

2:45: Good use of the white noise sweep

I hope the this helps. Keep making music :)

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Re: Colored Dreams (My first track ever)|(Need Reviews)
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2016, 04:07:56 am »
Hi The Dog :)

0:00: Intro feels a bit too side chained here, unless that was the artist choice you were going for, I would reduce the side chain and use it only after the kick comes in.

0:48: I think you could maybe pan the element (hats) a bit and lower the volume on it by at least 2 db.

1:07: Nice drum roll :)

1:15: I would follow bettlejuice's suggestion about the kick and check all other elements and see which ones have frequencies clashing at the low end.

2:45: Good use of the white noise sweep

I hope the this helps. Keep making music :)

Thanks for the reply lemonster :)

I was not really sure about the intro as to which should've been on the top but I didn't sidechain the stringy sound but actually decreased the volume a bit with automations!!!

and yes I realized that the hat was a bit too high w.r.t. the other sounds.....so thanks for pointing that out.

About the drum roll, I thought it was the weakest part of my song as I wanted to make it a bit punchy and little spreading but you liked it so its a good thing now  ;)

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Re: Colored Dreams (My first track ever)|(Need Reviews)
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2016, 06:13:58 am »
I really enjoy what you've got so far here! Definitely dig the ambiance early on. I enjoyed the use of reverb floating around.

A few pieces of advice: It is pretty muddy. Mind you, this is all just my objective opinion, but there isn't really enough definition to what's going on. What I mean by this is try and aim for a more defined baseline. Cut out some of that muddy low end from the pads to make space for your kick and to add more of a bass line. I think it could go a long way towards adding groove.

Definitely try and get the kick to punch through more.

The only other thing I noticed is that that arpeggiator lead sounds a bit too compressed to me.

Really aiming for constructive feedback here so let me know if you need any clarification. I really like what you've got so far! I just posted my first song a few months back and have improved a lot since. Keep it up for sure!
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Re: Colored Dreams (My first track ever)|(Need Reviews)
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2016, 12:36:26 pm »
I really enjoy what you've got so far here! Definitely dig the ambiance early on. I enjoyed the use of reverb floating around.

A few pieces of advice: It is pretty muddy. Mind you, this is all just my objective opinion, but there isn't really enough definition to what's going on. What I mean by this is try and aim for a more defined baseline. Cut out some of that muddy low end from the pads to make space for your kick and to add more of a bass line. I think it could go a long way towards adding groove.

Definitely try and get the kick to punch through more.

The only other thing I noticed is that that arpeggiator lead sounds a bit too compressed to me.

Really aiming for constructive feedback here so let me know if you need any clarification. I really like what you've got so far! I just posted my first song a few months back and have improved a lot since. Keep it up for sure!

Well I looked into that muddy mix part and it did turn out to be muddy as the pads were indeed clashing with the leads and after sidechaining the pads and other such instruments it did seem to shine a bit.

I even sidechained some other elements to the kick and it did help out to bring that punch out.

And thanks a lot for pointing out my drawbacks as it will only help me know my downsides so that I can get better and better. I know that the technical part is a bit of my downside so I'll have to focus on that now.