All 20 audio Reviews

NGHH'11 - Cynic vs MadFLeX NGHH'11 - Cynic vs MadFLeX

Rated 5 / 5 stars

How good is that?!

Yeah, really good. Not listened to any rap on here anywhere near as good as this....

Hybrid Rainbow (DEMO) Hybrid Rainbow (DEMO)

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Wow, a real song!

This makes a real change from the usual electronica on the audio portal.
It is a shame that the recording quality is poor. Sorry, but it really is!
It certainly should inspire you to spend a day in the studio or at least buy a cheap and cheerful condenser mic.
Your voice deserves better. The guitar though, sounds better.
The recording quality being lo-fi kinda suits it, like an old folk song on scratchy vinyl!
I look forward to hearing more of your stuff, better recording will be a big bonus but make sure it never sounds too produced because it would lose a lot of its charm. Something like Adam Green would be my aim if I were you.
So, well done!

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Dunno if it's too late to ask -- PM me who Adam Green is?

Encore (PRE) Encore (PRE)

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Really nice, lose the drums!

This is a lovely tune, nice gentle swings of mood between melancholy and then hope.
The beginning is the best bit, it gently rises really well like the sun coming up and you've dragged it out nicely without rushing on to the next bit.
The piano and strings work really well together but when the strings rise we don't need the drums yet. When they do come in they sound unnecessary anyway. You say they are to break the mood, but that's exactly the problem. I was enjoying the mood.
A nice rising timpani will sound better and more authentic with the rest of the piece.
Having the piano play the melody twice at the end is a bit unnecassary- one would be enough.

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RNC -Drx- RNC -Drx-

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

interesting, catchy but slighlty confused.

I like this tune, but it's a bit muddled. It's having an identity crisis!

The piano sets a nice tone for a bit of relaxed jazzy drum and bass, but then the kick is way too heavy and there really isn't a bassline. A cleaner kick and a nice bassline would do wonders.

Also, once being set up for a nice bit of Jazzy DnB, I'm assaulted by trance synths.

The synths do sound good when they're filtered or whatever, but when they are full on it's too much.

The panning on the piano is worth mentioning- it makes it sound loads better but again it's gonna stand out more if there's less synths to detract from it.

Make a choice dude, the synth or the piano!

(I'd choose the piano.)

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Jubilante Jubilante

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Either brilliant or rubbish, I can't decide!

There's a handful of games that this tune would really fit in perfectly. I'm gonna give you the benefit of the doubt and assume it's been created with them in mind!
Most of my head is telling me it's an awful piece of crap and I should turn it off, but I think that's just because I've heard so many awful tunes with the same set of sounds. You can certainly make a catchy melody and I reckon this one's gonna be in my head for the rest of the day. Everything is in is really punchy and clear but next time use some nice instruments and samples.
So, it would be perfect in a retro game with a bit of irony, but anywhere else would be a crime- I mean seriously, what would you do if you heard this in a club? Surely you'd be heading for the nearest exit!

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Thanks MakingFunGames. It's very cheesy, I know. Just experimenting. (I usually make really experimental songs, so this is different for me :P) Thanks for reviewing!

+Hush+ +Hush+

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

not bad- very atmospheric.

It's a nice tune, lovely and floaty and atmospheric. That's about it though- it makes it a bit of a filler. I kept expecting it to break down and then come in with a big catchy chorus but when the chorus came it was pretty average..
Still, on the plus side, catchy is often very close to annoying so you've avoided that pitfall.
I think also, the sounds in the tune all kinda merge together a bit on the same frequency. Decent separation would make the hats sit cleaner on the top and the bass rumble underneath a lot more.
Be nice to hear some more original samples in there too- just to make it sound more original.
On the whole though, it is a good tune, well produced and arranged, just lacks a killer hook imho.

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Stargenx - Greensleeves Stargenx - Greensleeves

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Repetitive and simple

Sorry, I like the idea of re-mixing the classics and all, but this really doesn't do much.
It's just the same bit over and over again with a couple of layers playing the same thing to build it. Greensleeves is longer than just one bar, unless it's a ringtone!
If you'd written some extra bits or something it might be more impressive, like a funky bassline. As it is it's very flat.
As I said though, It does mainly sound like a ringtone from 1987 and there's not enough added to detract from that.
So, to try and be constructive- if you're covering something, add more to it to make it original and if you're going with something well known like this, play all of it and not just a repeated chorus.

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The song itself isn't long, as you said, but then again the original has words. I'm no singer. I'm sorry you didn't like it. :(

The Anthem (Live) The Anthem (Live)

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

...and I don't usually like trance

It's true, it usually bores the hell out of me.

This tune is lovely though, starts of kinda mellow and then busts out that fat chorus. It really comes to life.

As for the crowd sounds underneath, sure it's nothing new- a lot of great old rave tunes did it for the same reason, it adds loads of atmosphere and makes the tune really rushy. You've done it well though, with the handclaps going on the beat etc.
If you've ever heard a tune like this in a club you'll know what I mean. It's wasted on a pair of PC speakers on even decent headphones. In a proper club this tune would sound really good.
So, well done.
Now go back and put crowd noise on all your tunes!

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Big Red - Le Rap de Gangster Big Red - Le Rap de Gangster

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Definitely worth finishing

Good work.
Nice to hear something with lyrics on here- good lyrics too.
I like your style- it's easy to make out the words and the background is nice and low key.
Stick a catchy chorus in there and please don't resort to sampling a song from the eighties!
Looking forward to hearing more- I'll keep my eyes open for updates on this one.

You've Got the Wrong Guy You've Got the Wrong Guy

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Well punchy

I really like this, especially the bass- it's just so punchy and clear. I really like the amount of variation within it too- it chops and changes all the time and never gets old.
Having said that, there are a couple of bits that are especially good and personally I'd like to hear more of them- Maybe you could pick one bit to be the verse and one bit the chorus, save the filters and stuff for bridges and refrains. I dunno, it's just I imagine trying to dance to it and it would be pretty difficult cos it's too unpredictable.
Production is top banana though, you obviously really know what you're doing.
Make it more of a tune and less of a showcase and it would be a hit.