Re: [electronicmusic-136] Track Critique Request

From: Mike H.
Sent on: Thursday, June 28, 2012 8:00 AM
Whoa there cowboys!

First off, DistortionKing and Greg, calm down. I think you both have
valid points.

I'll start with DistortionKing. Greg is sort of right about the
critique. Thank you for your honest opinion. I know that Soundcloud is
full of Electro and Dubstep and a lot of it is done really well and
probably better than me. Unfortunately for me I guess, I really like
the Agressive Electro sound and I really like making it because it
makes me feel good. The fun part is the sound design and synth design
because to get a good full and fat gritty bass is a challenge. (there
are no samples other than the ones from the original track and the
drums, all the synths are actually midi controlled and designed by
myself) But, that's really not the point here. You can attack my
choice in music and composition as much as you want, but back it up
with some constructive criticism about the mix in question too. When I
asked for a critique, I wanted a critique about the mix not the choice
of genre. I'm not going to go back and start over -- so it would be
cool to have your opinion on the sonic qualities of the track to help
me tweak the mix before I make it public.

Greg, to be fair, I did ask for it ;) Thank you for looking out for
the group. Negative comments never get me down. Haters gonna hate and
I have been making and performing music since I was 12... I even
worked for a label for awhile so I know the industry. With as many
years of experience I have, you get used to rejection and the negative
side of comments if you know what I mean. There is far more of that
than the positive. I do this stuff because it makes me feel good and I
like to dance around my house at my own personal dance party to my own
music. If other people like it they can join in, if not... they don't.
No matter to me. I just like to have other people's opinions on the
sonic quality and/or arrangement suggestions of the track to help hone
a better track and ultimately get better. To be honest, I was a metal
and Hardcore guy and came out of that world. I only started making
Electronic music when I heard stuff like this because It was similar
to what I like and I wanted to try. 3 years ago, I didn't even know
what ADSR meant... your respect is deeply appreciated.

CrAzYcArL, I'm so sorry about that night, I'll hook you up with some
free tix for the next show for sitting through that "stuff". They went
way too late and the show manager didn't do anything about it. There
was a group that didn't show for their slot and they burned the time,
then they showed up later and instead of giving them the ol' SOL
response, he put them in and pushed me back. Not cool! They got an
earful on Monday about that. Also, I don't know if you saw Daydream at
4:20, they went on right before me and if that is "art" I don't ever
want to be an artist. They drove out about 40% of the people before my
set. Needless to say, I won't be booking with that company again.
whew... anyway. Thanks for your opinion and you make me blush saying
its better. I really look up to Zedd and his stuff and if someone
thinks my mix and arrangement is more solid than his it does make me
feel really good inside. On the subject of the percussion, are you
guys serious?! That kick hits so hard, maybe its to low to really come
through headphones or computer speakers. I will stick a higher pitch
kick on top of it and I will try a very minor sidechain of the
instruments bus to the percussion bus to see if I can get the perc to
push through a little more. I'll post the new version later today.

To all: Thank you for your comments, I do take them to heart and
really appreciate all of them, negative and positive (positive a
little more but hey, who doesn't)

-Mike

P.S.

I'm thinking about making a youtube video about everything I did and
used to make this track if anyone is interested.

On Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 10:01 PM, CrAzYcArL <[address removed]> wrote:
> Mike,
>
> First, I have to apologize for leaving before your set. I had worked already
> that day and was dead-ass tired.
>
> Now, after listening to the original and your remix, this is what I have to
> say:
> Your remix is actually better, in my opinion, than the original. Your remix
> and usage of distorted digital sound bits actually pulled the piece together
> as a whole. The original has a lack of something that ties it all together.
> It was interesting, and I see how Zedd tried to bring many elements into it,
> but it failed to find the solidarity your remix achieved.
> But I have to agree with Disco Mike (Commented on your Soundcloud) the kick
> and the percussion isn't quite making it though.
>
> But then again, it might just be my headphones.
>
> ~ODC
>
> ____________________­____________
> From: [address removed]
> Subject: [electronicmusic-136­] Track Critique Request
> To: [address removed]
> Date: Wed, 27 Jun[masked]:48:41 -0400
>
>
> Hey Everyone,
>
> First off all I want to thank everyone that came out to see me on Saturday
> and to apologize for the extreme tardiness of my set due to a bad show
> manager.
>
> Now that we have that out off the way, I'm doing a remix of Zedd's new track
> Spectrum for the Beatport remix contest
> (http://play.beatp...­) and I wanted to
> run it by some people before I post it.
>
> Here is my
> version: http://soundcloud...­
>
> Please critique the crap out of it :) Thanks in advance.
>
> -Mike
>
> GO!
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