Decent effort. However, of course, you're mix needs so much more
The first thing I noticed when listening to 'trap door'(miss that little
claymation btw :P), is that your kick drum is too dry and weak. It needs to be processed
more and sounds like a typical, boring 808 or 909 kick drum. Try learning the art of
'processing' you're drums and effects to get more unique sounds and learn how to 'mix'
these processes together. Your kick drums also need to stand out more and the bottom end
of the kick sounds way to rubbery, covers too much of the low end of the mix while not
being able to stand out on its own. The second kick is a little better, but I still think
some nice processing and Parallel Compression would do it better.
effects stand out way too much in the beginning and are poorly timed. It sounds as though
you used those effects as more of fillers than harmonies. When adding effects to your
music, it is part of the actual 'mixing' process. Usually, producers enjoy doing it last
as it is used as a means to drive the song forward and encourage the lead melody to
continue looping. You need to train yourself to be able to learn how to fit in effects and
make it BELONG with the melodies that they are encouraging. This comes with good analysis,
experimentation and interpretation of your mix.
Analysing your sound, I am
assuming this is one of those trappy, bassy underground tracks that embrace a dark
feeling. You have got the main idea and have a concept of the feeling, but it is
incomplete. You need to analyse how to bring out that dark underground bassy feeling by
observing the fundamental aspects of that genre. Oh and not to forget to mention, YOU
FORGOT THE BASS :O. Alot of aspiring producers just starting out forget the bass alot for
Dont give up though, you will get better and it is alot of
hard work and alot of practice. My number one advice, instill in yourself 'good work ethic
and high standards'. So important when it comes to producing music and life skills in
I like the pads you were using though, very sonic and atmospheric.
Made me feel like I was going through the tunnels of trap door :P
Keep it up,
you can only get better