Recent Audio Reviews

F-777 - Fairy Dust F-777 - Fairy Dust

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

I swear you're mastering every song worse than the last one on purpose, just to see how long it'll take people to notice. Well, you can stop now.

An Open World An Open World

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

how did a piece in "E major" end up in C minor lol

anyway it's built around some good ideas, not a bad start, but the arrangement doesn't evolve over time nearly as much as it could. production is clear but it's garageband so there's not much to do on that side anyway

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PackMan3 responds:

Hey Thanks for the feedback!

First off I can't tell if a song is in C minor or E major to save my life (I make music but I know nothing terminology wise)

secondly I know I could have made it better but my iPod's onscreen keypad is 3 and 1/4 inches small (should have used the iPad)

I do appreciate your feedback and will try to make something better in the future! (maybe in Ableton Live 9!) :3


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F-777 - The Secret Dynasty F-777 - The Secret Dynasty

Rated 3 / 5 stars

Yeah... I have to agree. The mastering just ruins what's otherwise a really good track. Catchy melodies, good buildup, pretty standard sound design but we can work with that, it sets a mood and stomps. The biggest non-mastering issue is that without any sidechaining, the kick has very little impact, and it's playing a 4x4 beat, so it needs all the impact it can get, but even with that, this is still some solid 4x4 whatever-step with some personality.
But this mastering needs to stop.
The highs are nails on a chalkboard. The human ear is more sensitive to higher frequencies, especially around 2-5k, so boosting them makes your track louder, but also literally painful (literally literally) to listen to for too long. You cut a lot of the lows to make room for the highs too, so instead of a wave of buttery-smooth bass music, it's closer to white noise. The overcompression only compounds the lack of sidechaining, pushing the kick further into the back and adding that trademark Newgrounds Sound (tm) that never, ever sounds good.
It's easy to see why lots of people like your music, you've got skill and you can put an original spin on a tired genre, which isn't easy. But I think a lot more people would give this a shot, or come back for more, if they didn't have to deal with constant ear fatigue from the mastering. Good luck

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Recent Art Reviews

Parked Parked

Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is begging for a bitchin' synthwave song but I don't do synthwave :(

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YakovlevArt responds:

all are welcome to use it as inspiration if it helps!