Hi there, today I received a hard rejection, unfortunately, of my first submission. I don’t understand the rejection at all…could you help me out please? It was submitted in ‘World Music’. Thanks for helping me out!
Maybe just the style is a problem : I’m not sure it’s the kind of music that people is looking for here.
Another thing is the low quality of sounds, it sounds like cheap synths (strings at 0:33, pizz arpeggios, snare…).
Thanks, I do think you’re right about the strings…
To be honest it sounds good to me but I am not an expert in audio. Maybe someone with more experience will be able to give you answers.
First off, the composition is OK. I think that the problem clearly is in the production. The sound overall is a little on the artificial, plasticky side due to mediocre samples quality, as @musimaker already pointed out . On top of that, everything is mixed very direct, in-your-face, which, together with the mediocre sounds gives a clinical, sterile, cheap impression - almost kitchy, particularly when you switch to major key from at around 1:05 min.
Besides exchanging sounds/samples, one or two good sounding rooms/reverbs could do wonders and help blend and colour the sound in a nice way (think: wood). It’s always a question of taste but a track like this should have more character and could use a little grit/dirt. You could even try saturation/distortion here and there. In any case, you really should try to lose that thin and cheap 80ies sound. Good luck!
Thank you very much, that is really helpful!