My EDM song's drop is lacking (linked here), any advice on how I could improve it? Thank you!

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KVRer
5 posts since 18 Jun, 2021

Post Mon Oct 11, 2021 8:15 pm

I'm finalizing this track (chill/electronic) and I like how everything sounds except the drop- any tips or advice on what I could do to improve it? (starts at 1:39). Thanks a lot in advance!

https://soundcloud.com/solmiir/hiding-i ... 575#t=1:39

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KVRAF
1589 posts since 10 Jul, 2008 from Orbit Sol III

Post Tue Oct 12, 2021 11:48 pm

I think it's bit too in ur face and stiff during the drop. Maybe make the chords less straight forward (having trouble making words that fit together properly).
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KVRer
28 posts since 25 Aug, 2012

Post Wed Oct 13, 2021 1:23 am

Start by dialing the chord stabs back a bit. They are overpowering everything else and burying your drums in the mix. Sidechain to give the kick a bit more definition. The snare you're using felt kinda lacking so might want to look into switching or layering it.

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KVRAF
1643 posts since 19 Aug, 2008

Post Fri Oct 15, 2021 5:58 am

There's not enough space (and/or dynamic change) contrasting between the pre-drop and the drop sections.
Try dropping the bass out a couple of bars early, and try dropping the kick out too. I.e. drop the low end out before the drop.
Then when the drop hits, bring your low end (bass, kick) back suddenly & powerfully.
The drop needs to be subtly louder than the pre-drop secion.

KVRian
887 posts since 29 May, 2011 from Germany

Post Fri Oct 15, 2021 7:53 am

1. The chord stabs need a slower attack, try 1/8th note attacks for the typical "suck" effect...

2. Full 1/8th note chord stabs without playing with dynamics or filtering is too much - try less notes with a 1/8th or dotted 1/8th bandpass-filtered delay instead.

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5 posts since 18 Jun, 2021

Post Tue Oct 19, 2021 7:50 am

Thanks a lot all for your advice!!

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KVRAF
31166 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Post Tue Oct 19, 2021 7:58 am

I wouldn't describe this as EDM. Its not even a dance track. :shrug: Nice tune & vocal all the same.

KVRist
182 posts since 31 Aug, 2020

Post Tue Oct 19, 2021 9:43 am

The one thing I immediatly hear is you can pitch up the synths ! too muddy for a "drop". I think you distorted lover octaves or something ? so I would up pitch then OTT for this kinda thing

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KVRAF
7702 posts since 11 Jun, 2006

Post Wed Oct 20, 2021 11:51 am

enjoyed all except for the horrible over sidechained supersaw stabs
a nice string ensemble would work better in this song, imho.
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KVRer
8 posts since 21 Oct, 2021

Post Thu Oct 21, 2021 10:37 am

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