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PortraitOfABlackHole has posted 158 comments on other peoples tracks.

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PortraitOfABlackHole 16th Dec 2018 02:56 -  5 years ago

on You Know Im No Good Ft LynziStringer by bobjones2260
You know I would never have known this was separate pella if you hadn't mentioned it. Works perfect together. Organ is also a nice touch. Really enjoyed that solo at 2:10
PortraitOfABlackHole 16th Dec 2018 02:52 -  5 years ago

on On The Other Side - ft Jenna Evans by Alien
Nice intro, hat nice a crisp. Actually the drums sound great overall. Actually the whole thing is great, nice funky house.
PortraitOfABlackHole 24th Oct 2017 03:32 -  6 years ago

on Lank Frampard X Jehst Nightbreed Remix by imakebeatsLF
Sounds great, excellent drum levels and general mixing here.
PortraitOfABlackHole 20th Oct 2017 05:40 -  6 years ago

on Open Season by Spivkurl
You know, I just read what toastedavalanche had to say about your tendencies toward Texture over structure and other traditional traits.I really must say that statement just blew the door open for me regarding your music. It really makes a lot more sense now. I've always enjoyed your work, but in a very conflicted way, confused even at times; but I really think I get it a lot better now, thinking about it like that.

Sorry, I guess this isn't really a comment on this particular track, but rather a more broad thought train about your work. Once the thought hit me I felt I just had to mention it.

Cheers, as always!
Spivkurl replied 26th Nov 2017 - 6 years ago
Hey, no need to be sorry about the thought train!

I think that I can accept the idea of my "tendencies toward texture" as a compliment, since I feel like I am in good company with that sort of music. Some of my favorite musicians, especially of the electronic sort, probably had the same things mentioned about them... people like Brian Eno, Cevin Key, Matt Johnson, and even maybe some of the more recent NIN/Trent Reznor work.

I am very fond, and also very sensitive to texture, probably partly due to my neurological issues. A good example is clothing and fabric in general. If I am shopping for clothing, the first thing I will do is rub the cloth between my fingers. Usually this is enough to notice any negative neurological reaction to the texture. Only if it passes this test will I even try it on. Sounds are similar to me, except I rub them between my ears... ha ha.

Thank you for taking a listen and leaving your words!
PortraitOfABlackHole 31st Jan 2017 06:47 -  7 years ago

on Droplet by skwishfish
Love this! very nice listening, well mixed, midrange is really nice and warm, and glitchy/wuby enough to keep you on your toes! DL'd.
skwishfish replied 31st Jan 2017 - 7 years ago
Thanks Portrait! :) I'm glad you liked it enough to DL too :D

Keep an ear out for more soon!
PortraitOfABlackHole 25th Jan 2017 00:51 -  7 years ago

on Game Over by BeatzFactory
I like the bloops at 0:30, nice intro, catchy groove. I really like that you keep the bleeply synth going through the majority of the song. I feel like the kick could hit harder and the mix could be cleaned up a bit more, but its a good piece of work regardless!
BeatzFactory replied 26th Jan 2017 - 7 years ago
Thanks man !!
PortraitOfABlackHole 24th Jan 2017 01:22 -  7 years ago

on WarHeadz by swindla007
Nice growls in the intro, those are well processed. Good punchy drums, not overly done still lets the growls push forward. little lasers nice touch, perfect vocal chopping. nice little break around 3:10. Also like the atmosphere when you bring in the metal/bells etc at 3:45. Only thing i can think of for improvement is working on the outro, to me it seem too sudden, everything just kind of stops without any sort of candace.
Forgot to mention in my other comment, I really like those high-hats!
I have to agree with crucethus, the vocals arnt bad, but i honestly they could be better, but the track has a lot of good energy and i really like it! My only producer-chair suggestion would be to let the high end stand out a bit more, like the 3k to 8k range, but take that with a grain of salt! Sonds good! It's nice to hear this style back again.
PortraitOfABlackHole 22nd Jan 2017 23:03 -  7 years ago

on Synthesiz3r - Seaways by Synthesiz3r
This sound awesome! That big verby snare is the embodiment of the 80's. The mix sounds great too, Well done!
Synthesiz3r replied 23rd Jan 2017 - 7 years ago
thank you!
PortraitOfABlackHole 8th Jan 2017 03:47 -  7 years ago

on Never Give Up by Unkn0wnPr0g
very good, mixdown is very clean and crisp and punchy, love the vocal chops too man!
Unkn0wnPr0g replied 8th Jan 2017 - 7 years ago
Thanks! Loved your track! Keep up the good work! ;)
PortraitOfABlackHole 7th Jan 2017 09:16 -  7 years ago

on Sound of the black justice by LittleJay
This sounds very nice! the kick that comes in around 1:07 is a little harsh, maybe but the high-mids a bit, try to bury it behind the mix a little more. Definitely a different sound overall though, and a nice listen. Well done.
LittleJay replied 7th Jan 2017 - 7 years ago
hey, thanks a lot for the comment and also the feedback
for the kick part, yea you're right and thanks, and also, yea when you share a track like this, you have to be ready to hear a lot of criticisms and thanks a lot for your opinion about this genre ;)
Hi five
PortraitOfABlackHole 7th Jan 2017 09:10 -  7 years ago

on SHAIDAWN - GO ON by Timmons2
Sounds great, nice and wide and warm, vocals are well placed.
Timmons2 replied 10th Jan 2017 - 7 years ago
Thank you so much!
awsome awsome awsome awsome. Great everything. Was kindof waiting for a huge overdriven solo near the end, but it really dosnt need one!
BradoSanz replied 8th Jan 2017 - 7 years ago
Waiting for vocals before I do any fun stuff :P

PortraitOfABlackHole 6th Jan 2017 03:13 -  7 years ago

on Untitled by LittleJay
Sounds good, the highs and verb is mixed very nicely, and I like your excellent use of panning. However there doesn't seem to be much sub bass going on, plenty of that stereo bass but I think you need another layer to really move the sub more.

Aside for that tho, I like it!
LittleJay replied 6th Jan 2017 - 7 years ago
thanks a lot my friend for your comment
and also more for your feedback
yes you're right
the bass line is week in low volumes, but its super high in high volumes, and thats my fault :D
the main idea for this track for me, was to make the middle clean + one reverbed instrument, and fill the stereo sides with bass, lemme show you with a model :D

BASS\\\\\\\\\\\\ (lead/bell/brass/etc) /////////////BASS

aww not a good model but xD hope you get it
PortraitOfABlackHole 1st Jan 2017 12:24 -  7 years ago

on Synthesiz3r - Dream Drive by Synthesiz3r
This is very nice, the mix sounds very well done, and musicaly is very pleasing. Some thoughts to take with a grain of salt - maybe try pushing the low end of the kick a tiny bit harder, it's punchy as is, but maybe a little more punch could be good, and maybe try hitting your limiter a little bit softer, it's very hard to be sure, but i think you might be comming into it a tiny bit hot, maybe set up a soft compressor before it in you master chain. But like i said, this is really nice, and take my advise with a grain of salt.
Synthesiz3r replied 1st Jan 2017 - 7 years ago
the kick can have more punch but don`t want any of it, i just cutted 25hz from the kick to be more softer.
yes i hear you about the limiter and with the overall mastering its not nice, but can`t make better, just some settings won`t work as i wanted to. This was one of my hardest mastering work so far.
Thanks for the feedback! Cheers!
PortraitOfABlackHole 23rd Nov 2016 00:40 -  7 years ago

on Prism Skies x Iti Yati - Let Me In by Prismskies
I like the synth work, nice melody. Nice texture on the growls. However I think the vocals could be mixed better, try splitting the channels and doing some parallel processing, little bit of automation and verb/delay could really make them shine!
Prismskies replied 25th Nov 2016 - 7 years ago
Thanks so much for your comment, I really appreciate your tips and tricks to help produce better. I'll definitely remember to this for my next song! Thanks so much!
Sounds fantastic, mixdown sounds great, as i spend a lot of my times these days trying to learn how to mix, I'm particularly observant of it in what i listen to. However im not sure I agree with some of the vocal delivery, some of it feels out of time, almost as if the singer tried to cram more syllables into a bar then they had room for, but thats got nothing to do with the mix here.

Radio ready sound for sure.
PortraitOfABlackHole 20th Nov 2016 00:25 -  7 years ago

on Big Pleasure by BlueSkyLook
This sounds really nice, nice disco retro feel, very nice piano work!
BlueSkyLook replied 21st Nov 2016 - 7 years ago
It sounds so nice, to hear that from you, thank you very much!
Ben :)
PortraitOfABlackHole 13th Nov 2016 09:17 -  7 years ago

on LITTLE DREAD by Planetjazzbass
Very nice, Were those your vocal chords or was that a sample? Downloaded.
Planetjazzbass replied 13th Nov 2016 - 7 years ago
Thanks man glad you enjoyed the tune, the vocals come from a Vsti, Native Instruments Ethno World, I had to slice them and do a slight repitch to get tuning continuity...cheers Dave :)
PortraitOfABlackHole 12th Nov 2016 08:39 -  7 years ago

on Janis71 Disco snippet by Rasputin
Oh yes i want more! awesome! very early 90's, sounds great! Was really hoping this was longer! please finish this track id love to hear a full version!
PortraitOfABlackHole 10th Nov 2016 21:14 -  7 years ago

on FiveCar SmileUp by Spivkurl
interesting again. I actually really like the vox, gave me a bit of goosebumps at 2.50
Spivkurl replied 3rd Dec 2016 - 7 years ago
Yep, that was a very "goosebumply" week... chemicals dripping from the "clouds", woman screaming in pain on the ground, strange lights in the sky... you know the drill. Happy that you enjoyed the listen! Thank you for taking time to leave a comment!
PortraitOfABlackHole 10th Nov 2016 03:11 -  7 years ago

on Modnex - Mountain whispers - Dark Limbo by Modnex
Sounds great! Is there a place to DL the whole album together? Could not find it on iTunes or SoundCloud.
Modnex replied 10th Nov 2016 - 7 years ago
Thanks Portrait! The whole album will be available on the dark limbo youtube channel once the show is done. We will also have it on soundcloud too.
PortraitOfABlackHole 18th Jul 2016 01:12 -  7 years ago

on Dust and The Blood by MGproduct
Sounds great! Although the levels don't feel right, i understand it's a rough demo. I might suggest checking those volumes during the mix-down, and making the super-saw in the chorus hold it's notes i bit stronger, a bit less stuttering perhaps.
PortraitOfABlackHole 25th Jun 2016 05:25 -  7 years ago

on Nova x Venus - Silent Words by XyIlent
How hasn't this got any comments yet? Love it, Dl'd. Was kind of waiting for a drop, but, it's totally fine without! Drop arnt always needed anyways!
XyIlent replied 25th Jun 2016 - 7 years ago
haha it seems you got in there first, thanks for the dl'd :)
Yeah no drop in this one just a chill mellow experience haha

thanks for listening
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