Sorry, some meta discussion to get things rolling:
Thanks a bunch for taking it by the scruff of the neck and getting the ball rolling. I am sure it will be a success and I’ve wanted this to be a reality for an unquestionable amount of time.
I’d like to volunteer to moderate with you however if there is quite a bit of interest in this specific role then we could hold a vote where all votes are submitted to you and you can inform the successful person.
I feel your passion is in line with mine about this idea. People may often have wanted to give an honest opinion but fear that they may take the wind out of an honest artists sails, annoy people who have a slight ego or get defensive over something they’ve poured there blood, sweat, and tears into. It’s a bit of a land mine to politely put it. This eradicates all those hazardous areas.
Also, although I am knew to mixing and mastering I know what a good critique should consist of and have trained my ears to listen for specific things. It is my intention to become an engineer so my feedback would be very technical as you’d expect. The thing I like about this is that there are other peoples opinions who would critique from a new and different angle. I really love the sound of that!
Thanks for reading. I’ll be involved whichever way but loose!
Hi @josker, thanks for setting this up! Sounds like a great idea. Will try to contribute where I can say something useful!
Here’s a track for you…I’m more than happy to retrospectively contribute my part in reviewing two other tracks.
Thanks so much for taking the time to do such a considered review.
Ok ,good start @cloudburst for getting that in early.I like the live bass and arrangement,especially the odd cycle (to my ears).A slight 70s feel .
Maybe the drums sound too machine based and could benefit from some buss treatment.EQ is what may help the elements as a whole.I would overdrive the drum buss (muck it up,consolidate it into a whole,maybe place it further back even-or bring forward by emphasising the snare),EQ scoop the bass guitar ,around 100-150Hz at a guess-allowing the kick through.Maybe experiment with multiband compression on just kick and bass guitar buss?No keep separate on reflection ,but keep notches on EQ mutually exclusive.Then compress.
Synth- notch or HPfilter the low end.zone in on frequencies that compliment ,not fight with Voco.maybe dirty up piano too with processing-disto/reverb/spacey echo?
I thought the vocoder was nice.Its often harder than first thought to get the sound imagined with vocoders IMHO .The tip on mixing in original is good.Maybe try more HPF ,pure treble of dry voc back in.Most vocoders have this option.The carrier signal is important-lots of harmonics and overtones work for the multi filter to bite into,as does complex chords-throw loads of notes at it with experimenting on octaves.
I loved the track ,it was fun.This is my novice reaction to it and I hope it helps and was relevant.
Well done CB.
Many thanks for taking the time to listen and provide your review @Spheric_El .
Awesome, looks like things are on there way.
Question: Would we be able to post sketches too? I often have a structure going, but need help pushing it through completion.
Will crit first song upload asap :)!
@Kites - go right on ahead, in my humble opinion As a matter of fact, this thread could do with a couple more tracks posted – I could well write some more critiques. (we need some tracks in here in order for the “crit 2, post 1” rule to work )
Okay, somebody: post a track
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Thanks for the feedback. You make a good point about my outro. That part would make a better bridge. Maybe I’ll extend on the piece one day.
See above track. Would appreciate some critique. Plan is to record our girl singer next week in order to replace some of the Alter/Ego vox. Would love to have your views before and after that happens.
It was a bit out my field if awareness so I didn’t comment,but thought I’d wait for others initially.
I gotta say it sounds good with human vocals and it makes the samples stand out more and make sense .
Also the tempo makes more sense to me now and the overall arrangement has sunk in and I understand it more proper now.I like the vocoder and pace change.Yes its a nice track.It’s coz its song based that takes me out of my field of knowledge.
I always liked the sentiment though.It made me laugh when I first read your writeup.Yes the track works and will deffo be a nice change in your bands set.
Sorry I can’t be more useful on a technical level ,but you seem to have nailed the vocals well,with appropriate double track effect,very nice voco and definition.It doesn’t matter to me we don’t understand everyword .We get a feel,plus it never mattered for Nirvana did it.its nice to be slightly undefined.
Music sounded good and done its job well of pulling us along through the journey.
Well done CB.A strong first song arrangement.