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Hi all. This is my first time posting an original piece on OCR. Feel free to give a critique. Please be nice! 

This started off as just an experiment to capture some 80's Synthwave style sounds so the composition is quite simple. Trouble was it got a bit stuck in my head, especially when out on a run, so needed to be finished. It's intentionally in a short, "Radio Edit" format which I quite like for this.

If I was to be critical of a few things myself, I think there's some EQ work to be done to crisp things up a bit. A certain amount of mud is needed for the 80's feel and heavy drums but some tweaks might lift it a bit and increase the power.

Have at ye!

Edited by GlacialSpoon

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Nice tune, a lot going on so it doesn't get boring. I found the low-end a bit overpowering and loose, not well controlled. It could do with some brightness, boosting the hi-hats and adding air to the arps could help.

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Thanks Voex, I can hear what you mean now that you mention it. Sometimes you need another set of ears. I honestly find the final mix, EQ and mastering to be the hardest bits.

I've uploaded another mix that hopefully tightens the bass a little by taking some of lingering boom of the kicks away and using a sub-sine to drive the bass lines more. There's some minor hat tweaks and some very subtle "presence" (mid-high reverb and widening) on some leads too.

Thanks for the tips, I'm ready for round 2.

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The kick certainly sounds better, that and the snare are more in-your-face. The highs are more noticeable too, but there's still the bassline which still sounds boomy. What headphones or monitors do you use to mix?

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