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Response by Shadowbane

Round 58
Author Shadowbane
Title Response
MP3 Link http://www.loopproject.com/filebase/sdcompo/shadowbane/response.mp3
Module Link sdc58_Shadowbane-58_-_uplifting.rar
Filesize 1095KB
Score 4, 3, 2, 2Total Points: 11 (4 Votes)
1st Place Vote5 Points2nd Place Vote4 Points3rd Place Vote3 Points4th Place Vote2 Points5th Place Vote1 point

Authors' Notes

I actually payed some attention to mixing and stuff this time. My entry sounds a bit too repetitive to me though, I probably should have spent more time on the composition.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this.

~SB

Comments

Comment by keith303 on 2011-06-14 16:24:31

Hey mate,

sorry, but i don't know anything constructive or meaningful i could say about your entry.
Just keep it up! :)

Comment by Shadowbane on 2011-06-14 17:11:30

I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing, but I doubt I will stop writing stuff in the near future. :)

Comment by Knetter on 2011-06-15 14:29:07

Cool song! Great happy endsong for a childrens videogame...! :D/

Comment by chunter on 2011-06-17 18:07:40

Since your goal here was to make a better mix, I can say that your pad is warm and doesn't invade the range of your counterpointing melodies; the shakers and hi hats play sweetly in the sides. This sounds like a 4 channel MOD with nicer mixing and less "dirt," the cymbals sound a little funny in my speakers but play around the stereo spectrum well enough. The pad's loop point is a little funny; if you couldn't get it right, sometimes you can mask it with a modulation effect, such as chorus or phasing, or even a little delay. We used to copy the whole track into a second column and have it play softer to imitate delay or chorus, now we just drag a little box into the mixer section.

I think you've learned that what we try to do in tracking fills the roles of what used to be (at least) three distinct jobs in professional music, and though we expect all of the tasks to be done well, it's not an easy thing to balance. You'll figure out what the best uses of your time and energy are.

It is good that you set a goal for the piece, since you are trying to learn how to mix, in a sense it doesn't matter what the tune does. When you like the sound of your mix better, then you can work on composing. Or, perhaps you'll get better at composing as you go, time will tell if you keep trying.

Comment by Marko on 2011-06-18 09:55:25

An uplifting melody, like "an easy-going singing janitor".
Good work with percussions, but since 1:58 the order of hi-hat comes un-natural. Has it bother the listener?
I think the bass basement can irritate in this form. Could you think of to colour it with smaller additional steps now and then?

Comment by Sonicade on 2011-06-23 14:15:00

I like the retro sound you've built here. The repetition can be kept up for awhile if you build on it like you have with the arpeggio melodies. You've put a great place for a break at the 1:30ish area. That would be a good opportunity to pull out the organ and change the chord progression with the bass. A very short change would relieve the tension from the organ chords, then you could bring in the organ and arpeggio melodies again.

Agreed with Chunter's thoughts on the cymbal sounds, they sound like the bit rate or sample rate is a bit too low. Cymbals stand out very quickly if they don't sound clear and defined.

Overall I like the fun retro style of the track. You've got nice melody ideas and good percussion work going on. The cymbals are a bit loud on my speakers but otherwise the mix sounds good, organ, shaker, all working nicely together. Good work Shadowbane!

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