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Offline Nick377

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[Pop?] Meanwhile in an Arcade (Mp3/mptm) First post!
« on: August 03, 2021, 01:02:47 »
This is the first thing I've made on ompt that I'm proud of! Any critisism/ advice welcome, I'd love nothing more than to improve.

https://soundcloud.com/ctuatioick/meanwhile-in-an-arcade

Updated: https://soundcloud.com/ctuatioick/meanwhile-in-an-arcade-v2

Download: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1UTYKD3j4biAQentFMjJYSOL-tuboFvJQ?usp=sharing
« Last Edit: August 04, 2021, 01:48:00 by Nick377 »

Offline Saga Musix

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Re: [Pop?] Meanwhile in an Arcade (Mp3/mptm) First post!
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2021, 20:59:17 »
Welcome! Here's some suggestions where the tune can still be improved:
- Volume balancing. First off the VU meters are constantly in the reds, so the song is clipping. Try reducing the Synth Volume and Sample Volume sliders to around 30. That way the song no longer clips and sound will be clearer. Some instruments (mostly the lead instruments) are also louder than the rest of the song, so they stick out more than they should. I'd lower the volume for a more balanced feeling.
- There are some nice ideas but all in all the tune is still very repetitive. It's the same two chords over and over again, and only in the last few seconds they change. To keep the sound more interesting, it could really benefit from deviating from the same chord and drums pattern you keep using throughout the song. Luckily the song isn't to short so it's not that big of an issue, but still it could be made more interesting by changing chords, drums or both halfway through.
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Offline Nick377

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Re: [Pop?] Meanwhile in an Arcade (Mp3/mptm) First post!
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2021, 22:33:47 »
Welcome! Here's some suggestions where the tune can still be improved:
- Volume balancing. First off the VU meters are constantly in the reds, so the song is clipping. Try reducing the Synth Volume and Sample Volume sliders to around 30. That way the song no longer clips and sound will be clearer. Some instruments (mostly the lead instruments) are also louder than the rest of the song, so they stick out more than they should. I'd lower the volume for a more balanced feeling.
- There are some nice ideas but all in all the tune is still very repetitive. It's the same two chords over and over again, and only in the last few seconds they change. To keep the sound more interesting, it could really benefit from deviating from the same chord and drums pattern you keep using throughout the song. Luckily the song isn't to short so it's not that big of an issue, but still it could be made more interesting by changing chords, drums or both halfway through.
Thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it! I agree that the song starts to get repetative, I'll will do as you say and try changing the chords and precussion around a bit. Also thanks for telling me about the clipping, I didn't realise that's what being in the red meant, I'll be sure to fix that on v2.