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Workshop #274: Pluck Spring by Phalto

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This track has been submitted for your friendly, constructive criticism. What useful feedback can you give the artist? The floor is yours to talk about the track and how they can fix problems in and improve upon the mix and the song.


Musical idea
Something uplifting, that conjured images and feelings of sun and beach.

Intended audience

Sound design
I go for clean, plucky sounds, and big washy verbs in the background.

Pretty standard. I think it could be greatly improved. Not sure how danceable the track is.

Some of the techniques I used
I created the synth patches in Sylenth, I use a "parallel reverb" on the master to give it a more lush sound. I do alot of mixing on the fly, and try to maintain as much dynamic range possible. Lot of use of filters and automation.

Some issues for feedback
I think the song sits somewhere awkwardly between being "loungey," and being "danceable." So the evoked emotion or impulse to dance could be clearer. The mix is dulled down and in retrospect I should have saturated some of the busses and brought out some brightness and air around 16 kHz upwards.

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