And by no means take what I say as gospel, recommendation-wise, they’re just more what i’d try.
@TheTeknomage - Neo Tokyo - Restless Dreams - I know you’re doing it all hardware-based but I think the drums are what are holding it back. And i don’t know what or how to respond to that. As a mix of OTB / ITB, I’d do a lot of midi chops or even wav-wise, edits. Layer in more and more, etc. Hardware-wise, I’m sure it’s tough.
I love the rest of it. Has that retro feel to it. Almost a movie sound track or revitalised sound to it. Even if super rigid currently.
@Auto-meh-geddon - Loving it my dude. While repeating it has some variation to it that it really makes sense. Now the one thing I had issue with seems more in place with the rest of the mix. Now you just need 4 or 9-ish more. Vibe is good. The vocal(your’s?) sounds pretty awesome as well, just want to add.
@bfk - Fawm 3 - please give me some delay. Nah, I’m kidding. The perc stuff at 1:40+ without the kick/snare action going makes me think “what if” you added a normal kick/snare pattern at a reasonable speed. Like not get rid of your stuff, but what if it was right there, what would it sound like? So I’m curious if you want to send me or if you want to “1/2” time some kick and snare stuffs. Just to see if it would give it a different feel. I think could possibly be neat. But still, do you bud.
@bfk - Fawm Two - I feel like this has some sort of game NES/SNES feel to it. The kick and snare to this actually feels more jointed and reasonable, even with the perc stuff happening at a super fast speed. Maybe the break needs some more action happening? That could be limited by filtering? Not sure.
@bfk - Chewy sexy time - Again, the drums seem more jointed. I’d almost recommend just opening a piano vst and playing some chords or melody stuffs to help give it a bit more sound. But that’s just me, I love keys. Not entirely throughout but almost chorus-like. In and out, up and down.
@bfk - Fawm 4 - Again, the drums seem a bit more organised. I think that simple step of making the kicks and snares a little more decipherable is a plus to what you’re writing. Now that I’m hearing a melody(top end), I’m thinking because you have everything else so exact/neat, you might try slowing this down or playing it by hand? And by no means, take out the gated/repeated stuffs, just layer things over it. Again, I’d presonally enjoy trying to play keys over this. I know we tried me messing with your stuff in the past with no effect but it was interesting to try.
ALso, not sure how you write, entirely. Like any midi at all or all sample-based and edits.
@TheTeknomage - STE - I think this might need some delay on some of the parts. Possibly the less involved parts. Not sure how easy that is for you to do, though. Almost ping pongy? Once everything is going, seems fine. Again, I feel like this is almost soundtrack-y. Definitely have some gamey-feeling stuff going right now.
@bfk - I think this is pretty chill already but some of the upper elements, non-drums, could use some attack/delay elements. If there is a kick/snare going, they seem pretty quiet. Not entirely sure their patterns.
@Gaki - I’m not entirely sure when you made or started this but that’s fine. Just make sure you read/listen through the thread and reciprocate it to some degree, please.
I’m not going to knock the style but the mix of it all sounds fine so far. I’m not the biggest fan of acid sounds but these work inside what you’re writing. I almost feel like you’re writing two tracks and combining them together off the same aspect. Which is totally fine. But you can also just recycle the instrument and re-write the notes. I could be wrong there though.
Overall sound is good. I like a lot of the elements you have going, defintely. Makes me want to listen to Aphex for idea stealing.
EDIT - Apologies if I missed anyone.