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Astrail

By Anon_Buster on August 23, 2020 7:37 pm

Less compression used on this track than normal. It's definitely quieter, but all attempts to make it and the drums louder resulted in crackling distortion. I tried to make the instruments more unique, have their own space and stand out. I can't remember how it turned out, since I did this a few days ago and have worked on a few other things since then.

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August 24, 2020 1:19 am

I think you got good separation of the instruments.  I could definitely hear a lot of different textures.  I liked the part around :30 where the bass kind of came to the forefront.  And then when the other instruments returned it was impactful.

August 24, 2020 2:20 am

Love the choice of sounds in this track. Really enjoyed it!

August 24, 2020 2:21 pm

Do you use a limiter? And have you tried using saturation? Even when used a little bit, it can make things sound louder by increasing the harmonics but actually tames the transients and reduces the db level.

Cool track smile

August 24, 2020 3:06 pm
CosmicCairns wrote:

I think you got good separation of the instruments.  I could definitely hear a lot of different textures.  I liked the part around :30 where the bass kind of came to the forefront.  And then when the other instruments returned it was impactful.


Thanks. I was hoping to have some sparsity in this track, as opposed to overloading it with sounds like I normally do. The quiet of that section was nice to create.


hent03 wrote:

Love the choice of sounds in this track. Really enjoyed it!


Thanks. I spent a little more time on the sounds and finding ways to spread them out instead of bunching them atop each other.


Sodabelly wrote:

Do you use a limiter? And have you tried using saturation? Even when used a little bit, it can make things sound louder by increasing the harmonics but actually tames the transients and reduces the db level.

Cool track smile


I use a limiter on the drums before using a group or master limiter. I started using Supercharger GT from Native Instruments on my latest track, and it let me have the feel of +3db without the volume increase . It appears Supercharger GT is a saturation tool haha. Thanks for the recommendation. Do you have saturation plugins you prefer?

August 24, 2020 7:51 pm
Anon_Buster wrote:


I use a limiter on the drums before using a group or master limiter. I started using Supercharger GT from Native Instruments on my latest track, and it let me have the feel of +3db without the volume increase . It appears Supercharger GT is a saturation tool haha. Thanks for the recommendation. Do you have saturation plugins you prefer?

I use FabFilter's Saturn plug-in but there's so many good free ones too. Not familiar with Supercharger GT, I'll check that out!

August 24, 2020 11:57 pm

I like the beat you got there and there is space in the mix. The bass builds a good ground for the rest and there are very nice synth lines happening. Nice chiptune-y track!

August 27, 2020 3:36 pm

Excellent sound selection and the bass and melodies are really catchy in this track.  Well done!

August 28, 2020 9:03 am

The mix is very good though. Really like that arp, too; how it just blends with itself.

August 30, 2020 11:51 pm

Love those sparkly sounds that spin out the melody. And that bass is super punchy! For what it's worth the mix is loud and strong in my headphones.  Does not need to be any hotter.

August 31, 2020 2:50 am

Damn man, this one is really cool.  I love that weird delay tail on the main lead sound. 

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