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Far away Far away

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Cool melodies. I just think the sidechain is layed on a bit too thick for a bit too long especially in the begining. Once the drums come in, it sound excellent.

Forgive me for sounding, I guess condescending, but the chords mixed with the sidechain just get a little too repetative for my taste.

It's also lacking in the drum department. I can hear like, 2 claps and a very light hat. Vary that schlit!!! Get some different symbols and experiment with the claps too. Work on varying the sidechain on your chords.

Excellent song though!


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Some random untitled song Some random untitled song

Rated 2 / 5 stars

Okay, first and foremost, you definitely have the basics down and despite what many people might say, this actually is not that bad. Here's a few things you may want to look into in order to progress a bit further with your music.

-FIRST: Where is the kickdrum? You need to give the kick wayyyy more presence here and that will come with mastering your songs.

-Onto my next thing here, you need to work on your drums altogether. Everytime I give a review, I can never stress this enough. You need to work on and vary your samples and loops. Now, I am no expert by any means, (believe me, I started here too, check out my first submission), but I can tell you that I know when I hear something that's interesting, and when I hear something that's boring
and this just needs work.

I would say that before you get into creating your own music, try and listen to as much CRAP from the genre you like the most, and compare your songs to that, see how they are different, and what could make them better.

Keep it up!


VIBEAT responds:

Thanks for the feedback! I agree, the drums are a little quiet, but everything seems too loud when I play my songs back. Maybe that's just my program? I'll do some more tests. I'll see if I can find some more samples, and test them too. :D


My Last Chance (clip) My Last Chance (clip)

Rated 3 / 5 stars

Well, this is pretty neat even though it's just a clip.

Overall, I think you need to add a little more to the song as a whole. It just doesn't seem like there is enough going here especially for a short clip (which you want to be involved). For example, I hear maybe two or three cymbals in total. Vary that S*** up man! Put in like 10 or 15 different samples and make them all fit into their own little niche, make it interesting.

Work on your bass a little bit more, make it stand out. It's more of a background noise when, in Trance you really want your bass to be influential in your songs.

THE SIDECHAIN, SIDECHAIN EVERYWHERE! I would say, tone it down just a little bit, don't rely to heavily on sidechain to make your songs sound good.

Overall, 3/5. Not bad, keep at it!


SkullDrone responds:

I totally agree with you on every aspect (lol)

I know it needs a lot of work and I will be working on it more. This is basically a sketch.

yeah i got really lazy with the sidechain haha

Thank you for the comment :)


Hotcut Hotcut

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Hey, cool track. On to the review.

Overall, the composition is okay. The mastering needs some work though as the whole song sounds like it was just thrown together. You need to make certain things stand out more than others. The kick for example needs to be more prominent, instead in this example it's more of a suggestion. I also barley hear any cymbals or percussion variation.

While the automations and composition are nice I would have to say you need to work on getting your songs to flow more smoothly, and by smoothly I mean adding more transition effects. They work for the song to glue it together.

All in all, 2.5/5 stars.

Things to work on:
-Mastering (big one here)
-Drum progressions and variations
-Transitions

Keep it up man, you just need some more practice and you'll be pumping out awesome tracks in no time.


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OZeros responds:

thank you very much for this helpful advice. i need to work harder on my music especially mixing things.


Progressive House Build up 2 Progressive House Build up 2

Rated 3 / 5 stars

The build up is cool overall...

3 Stars Because:
The only thing I can complain about really is that the key change early on almost made my ears bleed it was so off key. I would have changed the melody progression here.



Franchise Boyz Remix Franchise Boyz Remix

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

The vanilla vocals are awful to hear but the interjected vocals are well paced and matched. Next time I would say make your own vocal samples to loop like you did the vanilla ones.

2 and 1/2 because while the structure is O.K. there really isn't very much going on in the song and the mastering needs more work. Typical songs like this should have a much healthier and deeper tone on the bass.



Expecially Expecially

Rated 3 / 5 stars

The song is a little slow and somewhat repetitive in certain parts. I would recommend working on your structure of a song!



Theroy of foot Theroy of foot

Rated 3 / 5 stars

This is a cool loop. You should do more with it in terms of variation and different progressions.



Doorbells are epic. Doorbells are epic.

Rated 1.5 / 5 stars

I would have to say overall that this isn't bad for your first production.

I won't even get into the mixing, but it's certainly something you MUST work on and I can't stress that enough.

The doorbell sound is awful...and doesn't really sound like it's on key with the chords your using.

-Onto the chords your using....they are are, to say the least, repetitive and somewhat unorthodox. I would definitely recommend you try remixing a song next to get a general feel for the atmosphere of a trance song.

The structure is good, intro, break, outro etc, however the sounds are very vanilla. Make some of your very own samples and sounds with the generators, or buy some, but definitely don't use FL stock samples unless your using a generator, otherwise the sounds will seem very vanilla to seasoned pro's.

The kick and cymbals are going to need a lot of work. Most of my songs use samples of sounds or even full loops because I am THAT awful at drum loops.

Recap for your next song:
-Try a remix of a song YOU like
-Make your own sounds and samples
-Improve your drum loops

Main focus on your next song:
This song is very simplistic and needs a bit more going on to keep the listener interested. Try to get more creative and vary the sounds and loops!

Good job on your first song though, please keep at it! You'll get better in no time.



Bouncy BitHouse Bouncy BitHouse

Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is an excellent mix. Everything, right down to automation side of it. Coming from a fellow FL user I can honestly understand how much effort went into this. Well done.

Onto the bread and butter:
The main theme is somewhat repetitive...but I love it. The progression is a fine example of musical theory, truly.

The Kick:
Full and meaty, just how I like em'

The Bass:
The sidechain automation is good and the bass is crystal clear.

Atmosphere:
Well mastered and creative...I really must stress, these are some really creative chords here, well done.

Cymbals:
Noise is noise no matter how you look at it...these sound like samples but I could be wrong. Well mastered though.

Onto the pianos:
Ill admit, they do seem a bit rushed on the first break but that's not a bad thing considering the framing of this song...It keeps up with the entire pace. The pianos at the end are beautiful and create an excellent setting for the outro.

Easily a five out of five.

Regarding what you said in the description;

I've been trying to find out how to add good presence to my songs since I started. What I've found out so far is that the presence of a song is your formula. It's what the makes the song what it is...that's what I think anyway.


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OcularNebula responds:

good review, if a little compromising

the piano was really not up to par, I've found, and maybe it was too repetitive, but I'm glad you liked the chord progressions

cymbals are indeed samples (I mostly use vengeance essential packs)

I feel like structure that allows for high contrast is really important in a song, and I'm not sure this song achieves it, but it's not too bad either