A suggestion on how to give drums "meat:"
EQ and Pan. Each person has their own preferenecs, but slightly panning each drum will add a little depth. EQing so that each drum has it's own frequency (bass drum will probably claim a low range, snare probably a high range) where it's allowed to "punch" through a little bit will add a lot too. Because you've assigned them their own frequencies, you can turn up their volume a little and it won't drown out the rest of the instruments. Try it out, see if you like it!
Ooh, thanks a lot! I'll try this on my next song! I have to say, I've never used EQ before, so this is gonna be fun :D
I agree with Chronamut, but don't be discouraged, it's really, really hard to "master" a track. It's great to see how many of your tracks have been used in submissions! Keep up the good work.
I thank you, I agree with it being hard to master a track, but I'll manage.
This was cool! I liked the harpsichord itself but not the "left hand" chords in the harps, they got kinda muddy. Not repetitive, yet it doesn't get lost in itself. You obviously know what you're doing -- keep up the good work!
As a longtime gamer, and as a music composer, I tend to listen to the same music over and over again, a LOT. So much so that I'm pretty sure that I am immune to the repetition of any good music (hearing the crap on the radio still bugs me). So, although I like this track a lot, and the repetition doesn't bother me, I still wonder if it would be a little to repetitive for a normal human being (if any substantial amount of the game was being played to this music). This certainly sounds like it would perfectly resemble the "planet of Tek." Unless the Tekians are in fact a race of cute little bunnies that have no malice for visitors, just complimentary cheese samples. If that's the case, you should probably rethink the whole thing.
oh wow - an ACTUAL gaming musician! I am honoured *bows in honour*
AND you're the same age as me - providing you turned 23 this year..
I listen to the same music over and over and over again too :P
and who cares about normal human beings lol - like I said I made this for a game - a game that me and evil-dog are making in fact - called buster bots - and there will be a lot of action and powerups and bleeps and bloops and explosions - so much that you realyl wont be paying much attention to the bg music - so as a result it fits PERFECTLY.
and ya the planet tek was the first thing that popped into my head when I was naming this song - and everythin is robotic - so even if they all were bunnies - theyd be ROBOTIC bunnies!
also i'd be thrilled if we could talk outside of newgrounds - i'd love to see what kind of samples you use - can never have too many samples! ^^
neways thanks for the review! 'twas a pleasure!
I've written a bunch of reviews today, and in many of them I have said what I'm about to say to you: be aware of frequency ranges. There are two ways to do this: as you're choosing what instruments to use, consider if they share a frequency range with your other instruments. The other way is to EQ most of the tracks so that they each have a frequency to themselves... it's okay for them to share frequencies, but if each has it's own "sweet spot" the clarity of each instrument will be increased dramatically. It sounds silly but it's really, really amazing how much a track will sparkle with a little EQ. Anyway, keep up the good work!
but i want *more*
I like this but I wish the lead guitar stood out a little more (before the drums kick in). The drums sounded a little over-processed for the tune, in my opinion. All in all a track that deserves some airtime in flash submissions. Chop-chop, animators!
Hehe thanks again John, I made this tune before I knew how to use midi, so its just the line-out of my keyboard on the "drums" voice. It was taken all in one go, which is why it gets a bit out of time in places.
I would like to redo it with MIDI drums and using a mic'ed guitar again, but I don't know if I can be bothered. Unless someone wants to use it in their submission! Thanks for the cool comments John :).
The orchestration and instrumentation is great! If I had been making this piece I think I might have tried writing a "bridge" section with a different guitar loop (or with no guitar loop at all), just to see how it sounded, but it's not necessary at all. There's plenty of variation with the other instruments and with dynamics that I never get bored with the loop. I'm not 100% satisfied with the recording quality of the loop itself, though... it sounds out of place with the high quality of the rest of the sounds.
Hey John thanks for the review, in the next incarnation I suspect that the guitar will be removed for the first part of song and then come in during the short four bar interlude; after that Im planning on adding a bridge right at the end of this. I might even CHANGE CHORDS! Thanks again for the constructive review, 'twas helpful :)
Excellent. I don't listen to much techno so this isn't going into my personal library, but it's a mighty fine example of the genre. I usually try to add a little constructive criticism but I've got nothing to say! 5/5 all the way. (oh, incidentally -- this piece of music made Cursorized a blast to "play," I doubt I would have made it to effect #100 if it wasn't for your music. I hope to see more of your music used in submissions.)
Thanks man, I'm glad you like it. I want my other songs to be used as well, but only fate knows what to do next. I've got my fingers crossed^_^
I disagree. As a performer reading notation, yeah, keys with lots of sharps and/or flats are a pain in the butt. However, as a composer, Eb minor is great if you happen to be in the key of Gb, because it's the relative minor. Anyway, the musicians in the 18th and 19th centuries had a lot to say about aesthetics and the "color" of each key, and Eb minor was generally referred to as one of the most striking of the minor keys. Schubart had some interesting things to say about it. Also, Eb minor is used to great effect in heavy metal and rock songs all the time -- it's very easy to play on a guitar. And you obviously have some singing background, so you should know that with the moveable tonic style of singing it's not difficult for singers either.
I actually like Eb minor, and improvised this song as a joke. I do have a singing background, and I have had to sing pieces in Eb minor on short notice. I haven't had the opportunity to perform a piece in Gb (or F#) major yet, but I am aware of the relationship for other keys. Maybe I'll make a similar song about another key. :)
Thank you for your review.
The drums have a nice beat, but their relative volumes should be considered a little more (there's that one really loud one that keeps jumping out... I doubt that this is intentional). The arpeggiation, in the guitar/harp/whatever, is a little too complicated in my opinion. A "beat" doesn't have to be melodically interesting, even though it *can* be melodic, a lot of the time it's better for it to be very simple and just hang out, and even dropping out all of the pitched instruments from time to time can be a very effective technique. It's not about making sure there's a note in every beat of the song, it's about getting your point across. I'm looking forward to hearing your next submission.
sorry i could respond earlier, just been stuck with a lot of work of late,
i worked on my two new submissions before i read your review, and i kind of did the opposite of what you recommended, but I'll rework them using ur suggestions, thanks for the really helpful criticisms, ill try to post more work as soon as i can find the time,
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