Ghost City Drive [synthwave]

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tuzemec
KVRian
510 posts since 28 Apr, 2004 from not where I want to be...

Post Sun May 20, 2018 9:53 am

Something that was keeping me busy last couple of weeks:

https://soundcloud.com/tuzemec/ghost-city-ride

Mostly Prophet-6 and Diva

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wagtunes
KVRAF
13291 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Re: Ghost City Drive [synthwave]

Post Sun May 20, 2018 10:06 am

Well, where to begin?

First off, very well done. The mix, IMO, was excellent. It kept my interest the whole way through.

Some observations. It says it's mostly Prophet-6 and Diva so you used hardware and software. Honestly, I couldn't tell what was what. So that really tells you how far software has come. I don't think it makes a difference anymore. At least not in the context of a mix.

Anyway, can't find anything to criticize. Great job!

tuzemec
KVRian
510 posts since 28 Apr, 2004 from not where I want to be...

Re: Ghost City Drive [synthwave]

Post Sun May 20, 2018 12:26 pm

Thanks :)

BTW, the Diva sounds are from the excellent "Neon Circuits" soundset - https://oblivionsoundlab.com/product/neon-circuits/
Probably the best that I've encountered in this genre.

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ChamMusic
KVRian
887 posts since 12 Jun, 2006 from Birmingham, UK

Re: Ghost City Drive [synthwave]

Post Sun May 20, 2018 1:33 pm

Very 1980s...shades of Crockett and Tubbs at times.

Some good sound combos in there + nice melodic touches that worked well with the overall groove.

Overall I enjoyed it - good listen.

Musically, I wanted a little more variation - maybe a more clear contrasting section and then a return to the main theme that grows to even greater heights.

Mix and production are good, but I felt that there were maybe a few too many 'big' synth sounds in there that were competing rather than cooperating at times?
Mark Taylor
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binaryoblivion
KVRist
44 posts since 18 Feb, 2016

Re: Ghost City Drive [synthwave]

Post Sun May 20, 2018 5:41 pm

tuzemec wrote:BTW, the Diva sounds are from the excellent "Neon Circuits" soundset - https://oblivionsoundlab.com/product/neon-circuits/
Probably the best that I've encountered in this genre.
Blush. :hug:

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layzer
KVRAF
5531 posts since 11 Jun, 2006

Re: Ghost City Drive [synthwave]

Post Sun May 20, 2018 6:30 pm

cant pass up synthwave in the title. :oops:
it was 80s goodness for me. a good listen :phones:
as far as production, i do agree with Cham that it
got a little cluttered at some points that perhaps
panning some sounds farther apart may have given
them better space?
Last edited by layzer on Sun May 20, 2018 8:13 pm, edited 1 time in total.
HW SYNTHS [KORG T2EX - AKAI AX80 - YAMAHA SY77 - ENSONIQ VFX]
HW MODULES [OBi M1000 - ROLAND MKS-50 - ROLAND JV880 - KURZ 1000PX]
SW [CHARLATAN - OBXD - OXE - ELEKTRO - MICROTERA - M1 - SURGE - RMiV]
DAW [ENERGY XT2/1U RACK WINXP / MAUDIO 1010LT PCI]

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Frantz
KVRAF
4809 posts since 18 Jul, 2008 from New York

Re: Ghost City Drive [synthwave]

Post Sun May 20, 2018 7:19 pm

This is excellent. A nice combination of hypnotic sequences and expressive leads. Lots of classic analog sounds. Entertaining all the way through.

I agree with the others. The mix could be clearer and less cluttered.

Great stuff! :tu:

tuzemec
KVRian
510 posts since 28 Apr, 2004 from not where I want to be...

Re: Ghost City Drive [synthwave]

Post Mon May 21, 2018 12:22 am

Thanks for the feedback, guys!
Yeah, agree that's a bit overcrowded at some points. I still don't posses that super power to throw away parts that I like :)

@binaryoblivion - no need to blush. Truly amazing work with this soundset! :)

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seismic1
KVRAF
9009 posts since 13 Mar, 2009 from UK

Re: Ghost City Drive [synthwave]

Post Thu May 24, 2018 5:00 pm

This seems to be a little "harder-hitting" than a lot of the synthwave tracks that I've heard recently, and that's fine with me. I enjoyed it. I agree that the mix could use a little work in terms of separation of some of the sounds, but I don't think you need to throw away any parts. A little work on the panning, and adjusting the EQs would probably do the trick.

Good work :)

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