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止戈(Alternate Prelude)


Length: 03:20

Uploaded: 5 months ago | China

This is Justice Evon, an independent music producer from Hangzhou, China. I made this instrumental track, whose Chinese title means Ending the War in English, on FL Studio 20 with many plugins like Surge, Supercharger, Flex, Directwave and Ozone. The rhythm and harmony with the kick, snare, bass, steel guitar and cello is my favorite part of the track. I wanna make this track a little Japanese style mixed with modern electro feeling, and if you want more creative, listen to the drop. Hope you all will love this! This track will be released everywhere online in September. All rights reserved.

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A song analysis goes beyond a mere analysis of the mix and the production; in addition to sound engineering facts, subjective and creative matters play a significant role. For this reason, it is difficult to speak of "right" and "wrong" - so you are free to decide which points are helpful for you and will improve your productions :-) 

This is an electronic song and we really like the basic idea behind the song. However, it can be extended a bit. So let's take a closer look at your mix:

Since the sounds used were all created "in the box", we can't say much about the recording and the musical performance. However, the tracks are all programmed in a proper way which fit the style and genre. The sounds used work well in context, but could be better. Unfortunately, it seems that you mainly worked with standard sound presets. Especially in electronic music styles it is quite important to add your own note with your composition. Actually you can develop your own signature sound from these and make your music much more interesting and individual. 

We also noticed that your song has a very flat suspense curve. It makes sense to separate the different parts of the song, in order to give the listener a feeling of ups and downs. This way, the song will have a more captivating effect on the listener.

You might want to add some effects to make the sound a bit more interesting. In our opinion you could use reverb or delay effects. Feel free to get a little more creative :)

The bass in your mix has quite a lot of energy going on, especially in the bass range. This results in a quite boomy sound. That being said, the overtone structure in particular could be raised to another level. With a somewhat brighter and more open bass sound this element could be a little bit more effective in the overall mix. Besides EQing, saturation would also be helpful to enrich the overtone range of the bass sound. This way, the bass will cut through the mix way better.

In general, the sound is a bit dull and could be more open. Especially at 6 kHz we have a noticeable lack of energy going on the energy which has an impact on the higher frequencies of course. How about adding an element that will provide a much brighter sound to have a little contrast to what's going on in the mix? That being said, you could extend the arrangement a little bit, so the sound of your basic idea can develop a little further, and you'll bring the arrangement and sound to another level.

In the lower screenshot you see the overview of the frequencies of your song in the HOFA IQ-Series Analyser. The lower curve stands for the average energy over time, while the upper curve shows the peaks. In the screenshot of the analyser you can see that your mix is quite strong in the bass range, causing the overall sound to be boomy. In addition, you can see the energy around 6 kHz and it's cause for a rather dull sound in general, due to the lack of high frequencies.

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Best regards from the HOFA team - enjoy your music!


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