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El Cjadaldiaul
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Belladonna

Hodwy people! I'm back with a new track from a long period of silence. Unless you hate my music, in which case... not long enough, sorry :-)

The musical reference for this one is perhaps even too obvious, almost clichéd. But that's pretty much where I wanted to land. The whole rythmic section is produced in Caustic, single file export, no further processing. Guitar has been added and mixed in using Ardour.

It's super heavy on effects, with too much delay, too much reverb, too much chorus, and almost too much flanger (only because there's no such thing as too much flanger) on anything. Also, I've been very liberal with low frequencies, so if extra bass is your thing, crank it up yo.

Incidentally, this concludes the series of my homeopathy-themed tracks, which I collected in an EP titled Homéothanasie. How quaint, you may say. Or not. What do I know.

Enjoy!

 

cheers,

Aldo

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Good to see you posting again

Good to see you posting again! I like the track, I like the guitar, I like the effects. The low frequencies though, for me, are so obscuring that I actually have to really force myself to hear everything else to the point it feels like work, the mix seems muddy. Maybe that's your intent; sometimes making a listener work to sort thru a sonic landscape actually draws them in, but I'd personally like to hear a slightly cleaner mix on this particular track.

Feel free to tell me to shut up ;-]

Cheers!

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Hey SToons, thank you, never

Hey SToons, thank you, never shut up please, any and all feedback is highly appreciated :-)

I would say, in this particular case, I was kind of after the ominous effect the bass has on the track. It sounds decent on my equipment (Audio Technica M20 heaphones, but also rather cheap Philips bluetooth earplugs), but I'm aware it was a deliberate, possibly unpopular choice.

The actual truth is, I suck at mastering. I tried to not suck, but was consistently unsuccessful so far. I believe it's basically a lack of talent on my side. Like painting, you know. Either you're good, or you suck.

To me, mastering feels like trying to sleep with a tiny blanket. No matter which direction I pull, there's always something that goes horribly wrong on the other side. Volume is too low, bass is too bass, that specific sound in that passage that I liked so much gets lost, etc. etc. It really gets frustrating.

I'll try to come up with a better mix for you, but don't expect miracles :-)

Thanks again!

 

cheers,

Aldo

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For the records, I updated

For the records, I updated the track removing the low end (master eq) and turning down low frequencies a notch on the bass and drums. It's definitely less overwhelming now. Thanks SToons :-)

 

cheers,

Aldo

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Wow, think that's a huge

Wow, think that's a huge improvement. It'd be nice if others would share opinions, great way to learn! Like maybe it was better before but my ears are fried? Lol

Tough audience, huh?