Re: [TECHNO] RAKSTAED - RUDEBUTSTRICT
You've definitely got some cool parts in here, mostly the distorted bass sounds. It reminds me a lot more of Justice-style electro house than techno, but it definitely sounds like you had fun making it.
That said, it's pretty hard to draw a conclusion from what you have hear. The riffs are cool, but overall it sounds like an early-90's home recording on cassette tape through a boombox's microphone. I think it needs a proper mixdown to give any real meaningful feedback on it.
I'm not sure what your skill level is for mixing, and I know this was just meant to be a fun project, so if I'm being a dick, please feel free to ignore my advice. Here are my suggestions:
- Get a reference track.
- Do some proper subtractive EQing on things and carve space for the elements, particularly in the low-mids and sub. You have many, many sounds down there, all fighting for space, and the result is 1) none of them can be heard at all, and 2) it robs the track of any of its power.
- Spend time getting the relative volumes sitting right. I'm not sure what your monitoring setup is like, but to my hears your pads and kick are too quiet, your hats are bit too loud, and volume between sections doesn't quite line up.
- Since it's basically an electro house tune, use subtle (subtle!) side-chaining as necessary to carve out some time-domain space for the drum transients, and make some space in the sub for the kick bodies (they're getting completely buried; it robs the tune of basically all its power).
- I'd say lose the panning. It's electro house; if it's played out, it'll be played on a mono system. At this point, I would recommend you mono the master and just mix like that until you get things sounding good (after that, I'd recommend things like a stereo widener, doubling your parts, etc.).
In terms of the different sections, I think you should really pay attention to the volume for that section you have in the middle (2:30 - 3:30). Structurally, it sounds like a buildup, but it's got the loudest volume of the whole track. That results in the part that feels like it should be the drop (at ~3:30) has almost zero effect, as the whole track gets quieter there.
I also think the biggest weakness, arrangement-wise, is the drum patterns. They feel like they haven't been thought about, at all. With a bit of care and attention to detail, you could add a lot more life in just by switching up the hi-hat samples at the right place, using an extra layer and hocketing patterns together, or just adding the occasional crash cymbal. Again, that section from 2:30-3:30 really stands out, because the drums don't play with the riff at all (the riff only really emphasizes the downbeat, but your drums are playing 4x4. It feels like the two players aren't listening to each other).
Right, hope that helps. Again, I don't want to rain on your parade! Your enthusiasm is evident in the track its self, even without reading your post! It's just also really hard to accurately judge it without a proper mixdown (and if you're really new to mixing, as it kinda sounds, don't sweat it. It takes a really long time)