Skylander - Drive-By (Demo)

Jetflag

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More than half a year has passed since I uploaded the last project here. This one is a lot more different from my usual stuff, but I still hope thag you'll like that.
any guesses where I have taken inspiration from?😃

The overall ideas are nice/promising, 👌

but the sounds (synths/ samples) you use need some real investing. They sound rather “flat” and “Casio keyboard ish” if you get my drift.

My advice would be to buy (or torrent 😏) some good sample packs and .vst plugins.. there is actually some good free stuff out there if money is an issue… and replace. The Melodys/ themes you’ve written sound fine to me, it’s just the sounds playing them that I think need work.

in terms of the production itself I would advice

- don’t make your drums to busy (yes I know that is ironic coming from me :p )
Right now you have way too much cymbals going on and the snaredrum is very dominant. Instead try to find a fitting sample or loop, and use it sparse.. less is often more

- low end elements..in particular your kick/ bass relation (levels eq) it needs work imo

- don’t overdo the crashes

- fix your levels, some sounds are to loud in comparison where as others are to soft for their role.

And please don’t be discouraged, there’s defo some potential in there and fixing/ repimping existing tracks is imo the fastest way to improve 👍

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It does sound flat but the intro kinda reminded me of cass & slide - perception. Those hi hats don't sound right to me they need some work I think. The pads need a bit of work to truly add some emotions in the track. That piano lead needs some work I think.
 

Skylander

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It does sound flat but the intro kinda reminded me of cass & slide - perception. Those hi hats don't sound right to me they need some work I think. The pads need a bit of work to truly add some emotions in the track. That piano lead needs some work I think.
There's no piano🙂
 

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There's no piano🙂
What's that bit at 3:42? It sounds like it's similar sound to Love Simulation. You have it playing again at around 6:52 as well in the background.

It does get better at the track progresses. Sounds better than anything Armin has produced in the past 15 years.
 
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Skylander

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What's that bit at 3:42? It sounds like it's similar sound to Love Simulation. You have it playing again at around 6:52 as well in the background.

It does get better at the track progresses. Sounds better than anything Armin has produced in the past 15 years.
You mishear sth. There's nothing that resembles piano anyhow)
 
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Proper Journey’s! 🫶👍🫶👍

Great music in this track!

I used to listen to a track I think called, ‘With a medium into Trance’ - some of this reminds me of it. Can’t recall who it was by but I’ve a feeling Pete Namlook was involved on it. He was quite the ‘genius’.

edit:
Just found it…. Hearts of Space, - With a medium into Trance.
, Pascal Dardofous & Pete Namlook.
1993. One of the first trance tracks ever. Acid trance .
1993, such a year ✌️
 
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Jetflag

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OK, mr. Right, what vsts should I use to make track less "flat" and more Tiesto-like?🙂
Tiësto (I presume you mean the old Tiësto ;) ) and his production team where known to employ the Access Virus C synth a lot.

I would recommend looking and trying out several vst emulators/ synths based on that template. :)

alternatively, you can employ a technique called synth layering. Here you duplicate the midi track of a particular sound you want to make standout/more fat and play them simultaneously with two (the same or different) synths, and then tweaking accordingly.
 
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Skylander

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Tiësto (I presume you mean the old Tiësto ;) ) and his production team where known to employ the Access Virus C synth a lot.

I would recommend looking and trying out several vst emulators/ synths based on that template. :)
I know one template but, unfortunately, my PC is a granny
 
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I know one template but, unfortunately, my PC is a granny
A way around that (can relate, I’m on laptop atm) is to record elements you think are ready to wav. And then saving the file with the vst/tweaks separately before deleting them in your main project to save CPU

It’s what all the old school guys (chicane, atb, fsol) basically did back in the day
 
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Tiësto (I presume you mean the old Tiësto ;) ) and his production team where known to employ the Access Virus C synth a lot.
I mean old school Tiesto + his ghost producers who have made hits for him. Maybe, you know some emulators that don't each much of CPU capacity