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 Post subject: Calum Bauld - Foot Soldier
PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:35 pm 
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Hi everyone, first time I've managed to finish a track in a while so I will throw it in the lion's den for some criticism.
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 Post subject: Re: Calum Bauld - Foot Soldier
PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:32 am 
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The whole mixe is very sharp, transient heavy and clicky, too much so IMO. Feels like it's overprocessed, less EQ and lowcut across the board, some gentle topend rolloff and a good dose of mixbus saturation would do wonders.

I'm not entirely sure about the kick, it lacks some definition because the subb-y part takes up the majority of it. I'd shorten the decay on the subby part and bring the top part a bit more into the midrange.


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 Post subject: Re: Calum Bauld - Foot Soldier
PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:05 pm 
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The whole mixe is very sharp, transient heavy and clicky, too much so IMO. Feels like it's overprocessed, less EQ and lowcut across the board, some gentle topend rolloff and a good dose of mixbus saturation would do wonders.

I'm not entirely sure about the kick, it lacks some definition because the subb-y part takes up the majority of it. I'd shorten the decay on the subby part and bring the top part a bit more into the midrange.


Thank you for the reply dubdub. I will try out the advise you have given. The whole mix was done 100% on headphones, work away and don't have access to monitors. Once I get home and get it on monitors hopefully it becomes a bit clearer whats needing done.


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 Post subject: Re: Calum Bauld - Foot Soldier
PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:13 am 
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yeah the highhats are too sharp, almost bristle.
cant really say anything bout the lowend as iam on the laptop, but it sounds ok here.
i like the track in general! it has a nice progression and especially in the first part i like how the sounds interagate with each other.
but i would tame that lead a bit or go not so far into the acid territory, but thats just personal taste.
good work!

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 Post subject: Re: Calum Bauld - Foot Soldier
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Thanks for the feed back. I am defo going to go back and look at my top end, Hats etc. The lead though thats my favourite part, I love that acid sound. :D

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yeah the highhats are too sharp, almost bristle.
cant really say anything bout the lowend as iam on the laptop, but it sounds ok here.
i like the track in general! it has a nice progression and especially in the first part i like how the sounds interagate with each other.
but i would tame that lead a bit or go not so far into the acid territory, but thats just personal taste.
good work!


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 Post subject: Re: Calum Bauld - Foot Soldier
PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:02 pm 
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Apart from what's been said about the mix. I love those vocals. In fact I despite them being a bit cheesy, I really rate them, and I find the track quite enjoyable indeed.

I recognise them anywhere.


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 Post subject: Re: Calum Bauld - Foot Soldier
PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:10 pm 
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Classic film. I was watching it a few weeks ago and said to myself I'm using them vocals in a track :)

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Apart from what's been said about the mix. I love those vocals. In fact I despite them being a bit cheesy, I really rate them, and I find the track quite enjoyable indeed.

I recognise them anywhere.



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 Post subject: Re: Calum Bauld - Foot Soldier
PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:35 pm 
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I think you can shove off some of the subby bottom end, maybe compressing the tail with a nice slow attack or reducing decay. I also would add some saturation on the 2buss.

Another thing I think would be an improvement would be to create a sense of spacial distance, i feel that all the elements are right in front of me. creating this hierarchy means more rich subtleties to the track. keep up the good work!


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 Post subject: Re: Calum Bauld - Foot Soldier
PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:03 am 
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you're on the right track !, I'd work a little bit more in the mix, give a little more space to each sound, but it's a good man! Congratulations


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 Post subject: Re: Calum Bauld - Foot Soldier
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I liked man, good sounds, he is very traveling and mesmerizing, congratulations


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 Post subject: Re: Calum Bauld - Foot Soldier
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I really like the arrangement and the idea of the track, it makes me nod my head and forget what email I wanted to write to a client. I like the stab chord you used in the beginning and end. For me the kick is a little bit too clicky, as mentioned before, but I think that's just personal taste. I'm listening on my Sennheisers and the low end sounds pretty good to me rather than too much. Maybe the big break could freak out a tiny bit more, but all in all: respect from me. Cheers

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