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Description : This is a track that I just did some updating to. I changed a few things up and I think I like this version much better.

Interested to hear your own thoughts on this.

Thanks so much!

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  1. dvnmusic
    dvnmusic on Wed 10th Jun 2020 - 1 year ago

    Nice.

    toddlove
    Reply by toddlove

    Thank you very much!

  2. crucethus
    crucethus on Wed 10th Jun 2020 - 1 year ago

    Hey Mate, My apologies for being so Blunt. So Brick walling refers to the Waveform which literally looks like a brick. Reasons for this are usually using too much massive compressor/ limiter. There is nothing wrong with compression but you must lower the input to gain more dynamic sounds. When you brick-wall you sometimes lose the listener as it can become tiring to the ears to listen to. There are a few schools of thought on this sometimes called the ¨loudness wars¨. Believe me, a few years ago I was caught up in this as well. But I realized the comments people have With, my sounds now are more about how good the quality is and the stereo spatial separation as opposed to the slamming sounds. Less is better sometimes. You did back down a bit and it does have a better listenability. Virginia Slim is on the ball with his comments. presets are nice, but experiment with the tools by trying different settings. We all have the impulses to push the lever all the way up, but if you learn discretion and backing down on the Gain, you will see some amazing results. Trust me mate. I like what I hear, it just needs some fine-tuning, but you are9 on the right track.
    Cru

    toddlove
    Reply by toddlove

    Hey man, thank you so much for returning and for explaining things further, it is both helpful and appreciated! I feel like the brick problem is coming from the mastering part of the equation because the file I bounced out of Garageband isn't slammed, there is no visible clipping at all on the wav file. I have limited knowledge of mastering (obviously) so am using presets in T-Racks 5 which usually make things sound better overall but I need to learn how to go beyond the presets. I'm not there yet though. I did take one more stab at trying to lower the overall volume and "brick" problem and have uploaded another revision. Hopefully this one is even a little more "listenable". :) Anyway, I know I still have tons to learn which is both exciting and daunting at the same time. I really do appreciate your time and advise, so thank you!!!!

  3. VirginiaSlimm
    VirginiaSlimm on Tue 9th Jun 2020 - 1 year ago

    Reminds me of Chemical Bros. If brickwalling is an issue(sounds like it might be), you can test by turning up the volume on your monitoring system. If it gets more fatiguing at higher or moderate volumes it might be too slammed. If clarity drops off at higher volumes it might be over-crushed. You can always sidechain to regain clarity if you want a slammed sound but lack some articulation or dynamics across volumes(NY bus compression)
    Good cinematic feel to the production and arrangements. Lots of good things here.

    toddlove
    Reply by toddlove

    Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, i appreciate it! Is sidechaining the same thing as parallel compression? If so, since I am in Garageband there isn't a parallel compression stock but I do have the I Heart NY plug in which I think mimics parallel compression. Anyway, I think my original posted track was indeed "slammed" and I have taken a few steps to lessen that effect, hopefully this version doesn't seem too loud or clipped etc. Thanks again for the feedback!!!

  4. crucethus
    crucethus on Tue 9th Jun 2020 - 1 year ago

    Outside of the bricked compression dynamics, this is a cool industrial tune.
    Cru

    toddlove
    Reply by toddlove

    Thank you so much for your comment. So, I'm still sort of a newb at mixing and mastering etc. When you say "bricked compression dynamics", do you mean it's clipped and or too loud?

    I have replaced the original track here with a slightly more "gentle" approach. Not sure if you can tell if this is any better or not?

    Anyway, thanks again for taking the time to listen and comment, much appreciated!

  5. swansea
    swansea on Mon 8th Jun 2020 - 1 year ago

    Very cool track!

    toddlove
    Reply by toddlove

    Thank you very much!

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