I guess, it’s pretty much popular topic for a post;) It’s, of course, not the first rejected track, but usually I know, why it’s rejected. I have kinda tendency to go crazy with arrangements sometimes. But with this track I was pretty confident. And also, it was temporary held for some time, so, I guess, it wasn’t so obvious decision to reject it. But the team didn’t provide any specific comments, so maybe somebody can help me with this? I’d really appreciate this
Nice track! From early first impression it’s hard to believe it was hard rejected. It fits the target genre very well and in general sounds good.
However there are a few standout elements that, for me, would warrant a reason for rejection.
The organ in general starts to get quite loud and overpowering from 0:43
0:56 is a problem. The harmony in theory should be fine, but the two organ notes do not cooperate here and sound very harsh. Lots of concentration in the 1-2Khz mids and they stick out like a sore thumb here. I would try and remove any distracting intervals or chords, and bring the organ levels down to sit better in the mix.
The guitar from 1:12 starts to sound quite fake, and is dominantly loud in the mids such that it sticks out of the mix, specifically at 1:16, 1:25 and various other points throughout the rest of the track. It’s throwing off the stereo balance as well. I’d recommend give it some compression and bring the levels down a bit - maybe EQing to attenuate some of the mids.
Other than that, it’s a groovy little track and seems to hold up well in my opinion. Keep working on it and I think it will stand a very good chance of approval
James / AA
Thank you very much for the feedback, James!
Yeah, it was hard to deal with that organ, I even put there couple of dynamic EQ’s, so some frequencies will not stick out too much. But I think, I will readjust harmonic content of it.
And you totally right about guitar.
This was very useful! Thanks! It helps a lot to hear feedback from someone, cause usually I’m by myself all the time.