Drum & Bass Rogue Ai - Blood Dragon

Discussion in 'New Talent & Track Reviews' started by LikesItHardware, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. LikesItHardware

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    Tried a hybrid approach with the bass. Original sound is from my Alpha Juno recorded through analog flanger, phaser, and distortion. Processed in Cubase using a filter plugin I made with Synth Maker (great little filter plugin that's great for stacking (uses very little cpu)), delay, and reverb. Sub bass is a sound sampled from my Eurorack Modular (small 3u system) as well as the arp synth.
     
  2. Mason John

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    Nice work; I really like the pad work here, a somewhat distinct drum pattern at the start that worked well, and a promising bass. I think the subs on the bass could stand for a boost of sorts, and the main part after the drop seems like it comes in just a fraction too soon.

    I really like the groove this track gives tho; some actual darkness in there and it stays there. Your elements agree quite well w/ each other.
     
  3. Mania

    Mania i fukin wot m8

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    Sounding really great, the bass sounds glued as fuck, which is nice. Everything works really well together, you nailed the vibe. It does need quite a bit of mixing work though.
     
  4. LikesItHardware

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    Thanks, but you are probably not used to mixes that are mostly hardware. I tend to mix with the late 90's dnb aesthetic. A hybrid of 90's with modern basslines. I tend to mix not as loud either. I'm not crazy about hyper-clean but loud ITB mixes.

    And here's a tip, you can't judge a track's mix to well from a soundcloud stream. Trust me it sounds way better uncompressed.
     
  5. Mania

    Mania i fukin wot m8

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    Oh, i understand completely. The dynamics and punch is fine, just the frequencies sound a bit too mid-dominant, thats all. More recently i have been listening to some late 90's stuff, and i think you've got that right, i just imo would think it could use some EQ improvement on the busses and the master
     
  6. LikesItHardware

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    What busses? This was mostly mixed through an analog mixer to a stereo track. Perhaps so eq on the master will do.
     
  7. LikesItHardware

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    Check out the new mix and compare to the old one.
     
  8. mr meh

    mr meh Well-Known Member

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    Nice gritty little tune you got there mate, reminiscent of late 90's/early 00's dnb!

    And I think the 2nd mix sounds better (y)
     
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    Like that first bass sound, really nice. Nice vibe to the tune, found it a little repetitive by the end :)
     
  10. Mania

    Mania i fukin wot m8

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    I dont exactly know what equipement you have, or how many tracks you mixer has, but i just assumed you would have maybe bussed your drums, bass and maybe FX together through possily another mixer or something, i dont know lol. If you dont have the capabilities to buss stuff then thats completely understandable.
     
  11. LikesItHardware

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    Pretty much everything (except a few vox and random sounds) was coming out of my sampler which only has a stereo main and sub outputs
     
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  12. MisterApe

    MisterApe 8bit junkie

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    Ooh, I'm digging this :D, very cool to see some hardware made tracks on here for a change : ).
     
  13. Pyrococcus

    Pyrococcus Urban Break Twister

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    Except for the drums there's nothing going on above the mids, there's room and potential for elements to add musical value (in the world of millions of uniform Neuro stompers) ;)
    It could surely benefit...