Need help with a rejection


#1

Hello,
I’m new here, and my piece for solo piano got rejected, can you please tell me what you think is wrong? Here’s the track: https://soundcloud.com/lando-maguszka/czub-x-gwincinski-solo-piano-demo-in-f-minor
I also got a comment: This submission does not meet AudioJungle’s commercial production (recording/mixing/mastering) standard, and its commercial composition/arrangement standard either, unfortunately.
What can I change, or what should I pay attention to while mixing this kind of music?
Regards,
Chris


#2

I think it’s great, just needs to be louder - Try using a Limiter to raise the volume without distorting it in mastering - i’m assuming you are familiar with the mastering process?


#3

Hey nice work. Agree it needs to be louder but maybe also wider in the stereo field. It sounds a bit narrow and a little too far back in the mix…unless of course you were aiming for a “parlor” feel.

You may achieve improvement in both those areas by applying some compression to even out some of your dynamics.


#4

Thanks for the support guys! I’ll play with the compressor and then limit the track to, I don’t know, -0.1dB?
Any thoughts on “not meeting composition/arrangement standard”? Is it just an automatic comment? There’s a lot of solo piano music like this on AJ.
Cheers!


#5

Hi,
Regarding the composition, I think there is at some points a too big distance between the melody and the chords. The melody is played at a high register while the bass/chords a played deep down. This makes the melody loose some impact and autorithy and make the chords sound muddy. The piece also sounds like it step programmed in a sequencer, is that correct or have you recorded it with a piano?