XPRTNovice

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  1. Then it's not ready for review - if the mix isn't fully performed, mixed, and produced, with all the final instrument tracks, it's not ready for a moderator to listen to and tell you whether or not you're ready for the judges. I encourage you to review
  2. Again, this doesn't seem to be a final version that would be included on OCR's site after passing judge evaluation. I'm hearing what appears to be basic midi, not performed by any VST or human. "Ready for Review" means the mix sounds on-par with the quality of OCR's posted mixes.
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  4. There are vocals? Am I listening to the right version? The last MP3 you posted doesn't have vocals in it that I can hear.
  5. Sorry to do this to two of your pieces, but this still appears to be a midi mockup, not a final piece.
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  8. [REVIEW] Hey there GSO - this doesn't seem to be ready for review. I'm hearing what sounds like a base midi track that should be handed to musicians, which doesn't really have any production involved. I'm marking it back to WIP - as a reminder, marking something "READY FOR REVIEW" means you think it passes OCRs judging standards and should only need small tweaks.
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  10. I am actually a huge fan of minimalist mixes. More is not always better. So kudos to you for going out on a limb with this and keeping it simple and meditative. I love the instrumentation you've used, and your mixing is spot on. So...I'm going to mark this completed, because I think the quality is there, but I ALSO have reservations about the length of the piece. Not because I think what you've written is bad, but because I think it's incomplete. In my ears, you've told half a story. But that's such a subjective opinion, and the rest of the mix is so good, that I am going to leave the decision up to you whether or not you think this is ready for the judges. Just be prepared for them to come back to you with similar feedback. If they do, though, I feel like you're skilled enough to know how to flesh out the story of the piece and fatten it up. Great job.
  11. Lot of good stuff going on here. I haven't heard previous versions, but I think you might be ready to toss this up to the panel. The only thing that bugged me a bit was the presence of the drums and some of the bassy tones throughout the whole piece seemed to be burying some of the more important parts - I know that's miserably unspecific, but it was more of an overall feel of the piece than anything else. I marked it complete because the headphones I'm currently using are definitely more on the bassy side, so I think you're pretty solid on this one. Good luck.
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  13. Hey there. I've returned this to WIP mostly because of the quality of your instrumentation. Your arrangement is actually really solid, and you clearly know what you're doing from a mixing perspective as mostly everything is balanced and well rounded. But in today's environment, you have access to a huge array of libraries - this sounds like there's a lot of MIDI happening here with not a lot of humanization. I couldn't quite tell if this was an intentional nod to the way lounge music sounds, but it's missing the dynamism of a fully formed arrangement.
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  15. Hey there - I went ahead and marked this back to WIP, as you said in a post that it has "no chance of passing the panel." Mod review is for tracks that you believe are at least close to passing with some tweaking. After listening to the track in the OP, I would encourage you to dive deeper into the community and really dig into the basics of sequencing, VST instrumentation, and arrangement. When you feel you have an arrangement that you're nearly sure will pass the panel, we can try again.