: There's something appealing in the ultra cheesy pronunciations and overly Blinkish feel. If you got a full production together and put some balls into your vocals, you could probably be a mega pop punk force on Songfight. The solo rhythm is all over the place.
: There are a lot of plosives going on, put a pop blocker on that mic, sing into the mic off-axis and to the side a touch, or back off the mic a bit (which you might not want to do since it sounds like you're using a dynamic mic). As for vocal performance, you're not singing from your diaphragm. Maybe you were trying to keep the volume down to keep from disturbing roommates, etc., but it ends up returning a lifeless and very unprofessional sounding delivery. Also, for authentic operatic diction, you shouldn't use diphthongs and the whole word should be taken up by the vowel (i.e. sing "iiiiiin" instead of "innnnnn"). The production is as expected for midi, but that doesn't have to be the case. Stereo expansion, reverbs, compressors, etc., can all add life to a mix.
: Please spend more than $5 on a mic if you plan to do something other than chat with your guildmates with it. The stock-ass patches you are using are wretched. Find some better patches or at least put some serious work into the ones you have. No legitimate structure to the song.
: I know the track is muddy by design, but you gotta have something to offset that. An even breathier vocal tone with 12-16k kicked up by like 6db and reverb on just that high shelf would sound completely kick ass and give this a lot more atmosphere. Not overly impressive or technically great, but definitely an enjoyable listen.
: The first rapper is mediocre, and his vocal tone doesn't work. The hook is alright. The second rapper isn't technically impressive, but has a solid vocal tone. The overall mix could use more punch, do some tweaking with multiband compressors. Better than most rap on Songfight, which isn't saying a whole lot, but it's something. Now you just gotta start rapping about Star Wars conventions and make your beats more ridiculous and you'll be superstars in no time.
: HE IS RISEEEEEN. Or Phil Collins. More reverb on the snaps, that'll up the cheese factor nicely. I love your pronunciation of 'away' and most of your ending words, it is intensely Metallica (proceedehyid
). Gloriously tasteless guitar solo, oh! and what a perfectly awful 80's way to end a song.
: Turn everything down, and maybe I'll listen to more than 15 seconds of this.
: The vocals are far too intelligible. That completely kills the authenticity of this. Maybe run them through guitar rig or amplitube? The dying siren or whatever sample is perfect, and I love what you do with the pitch shift on it. The track is brilliant, everything is perfect and exactly where it should be, the vocals just aren't hitting the g spot. Of my ear. I guess. Also kinda long for not having a 3-minute guitar solo, which actually would have been cool if it was Maiden-level epic.
: The truly aggravating thing about this is that it sounds like you have genuine potential, good voices and melodic lines. Instead of doing something real though, you submit this dickfart bullshit. Come back with some substance or go away.
: This is very Ken. The bass is terrible. It sounds like the first chord in what is guess is the chorus is clashing, someone's hitting something wrong. Are the drums real? If they are, the capture is fantastic. Intensely Ken.
MC Eric B
I mean, do you realize you sound like this? Have you seen the movie? You are Kip singing Always and Forever. If this is conscious and intentional, at least up the dork factor even more to make it clear.
: How many mics are on your kit? Because the only thing that sounds close is the hat. Maybe move some things around or just add more mics. I might bring the bass down a tad and add a little more low-mid to the guitar tones, both channels. Maybe a little more crunch to them as well, but it's your song, not mine. Great performance, great writing.
: The writing and vocal style feels a little like Flaming Lips, which is cool. Definitely needs more than guitar and voice, and you definitely need an interface to cut back on that bus noise.
: There's not enough going on in the right channel to offset the sharp guitar in the left. The whole mix is very washy, which I realize is a device of the genre, but everything needs to be simpler and tighter for it to be really effective. I also think your reverb plugin is producing some artifacts. Try a couple different ones and see if your sound is cleaner.
My Chemical Blumpkins
: The kick and most of the guitars are completely lost in here. Back the vocals off a bit, unless you want it to sound like a pop record. Mix definitely needs work.
: Guitar noodling and low vocal croaking with bad bass playing does not a song make. Tune your instruments, get a bass that doesn't sound like complete ass, and generally wake the hell up.
Phunt Your Friends
: Maybe you had fun.
: OH NOES THE BRASS PATCHES. You must never use brass patches, especially
for a solo. Oh wait, that's all this is. The organ playing is pretty bad.
: Not a fan of the synths poking their way into the otherwise organic intro, but once it's over, the transition is alright. Doing techno stuff is fine, but for the love of god never do that synth snare roll thing unless you want to be instantly identified as gay techno. If you want roll something, roll the bass. Not much songwriting going on.
: Truly trashy guitar tones. Don't know about the 80's square synths. Do less singing and more yelling, it'll fit the style way better, and girls will think it's hot. Definitely one with more potential.
The Sober Irishman
: I've started using many many high-end plugins, which kills my cpu. I was having to bounce like a maniac, which I think really hurt my mix in the end, since I have no experience with the practice. I also didn't give myself as much time as I wanted, which gave me shoddy vocal takes and a less than optimal mix, I feel. Thanks for the comments so far. *oh, and I guess people think this sounds "french" because of the title, but I was going for, and I think I captured, a latin feel. Meh.
: Do you mean 'superliminal?' As in, the opposite of subliminal? Or like do you drive a toyota supra? You sound like the kind of guy who would drive a supra. Your rapping is obviously terrible, but beyond that, some variation in the beat will make you seem less like a tool than using the same 4-measure loop for 3 minutes. Also, some compression on the mix to give it some punch would be good.
Wages + homies
: The bass tone and performance is terrible (and panned, which is a no-no for all but the most advanced special-purpose mixes), I have no idea what's happening with the kick drum rhythms, and the guitar playing is really bad, too. The key is much too up front in the mix. Add some pre delay and throw it a little to the right. The vocal quality is good.
The Weakest Suit
: Muddy mess. You are not good enough to do the solo guy & guitar thing.
Overall, Songfight hasn't changed much in the year or so I've been sitting out. Still a lot of people dicking around. Still a lot of people with some work to do, who may or may not ever do it. Still one or two people who know what they're doing. I honestly think Melvin, Klownhole,
are the ones to look at. Cheers, gentlemen.