BiLs Music Cap FM Jingle
Aroua Bilel of BiLs Music in Tunisia sent through this piece he created for Cap FM in Tunisia.
Aroua sent this through via our Submit Your Work section on the website. Thanks for sending it in, this is the inaugural feedback post on BiLs Music Cap FM Jingle.
Before we start, these are just my own personal thoughts – these are not gospel – and I hope they will help out. If you feel I missed something, or want to add your own thoughts please comment below! Let’s get started, check out the piece:
This sounds nice and modern, and sits over the music nicely.
I presume that Bils composed this piece and the style is relatively modern and has a nice pace. I think the mid range needs a touch more, perhaps an additional synth to fill it out? I think the bass isn’t quite as tight as it could be so that the kick drum really punches a bit harder.
You can really hear the music dip a lot around the vocal’s, perhaps some clever side-chaining or more subtle volume automation would serve well here?
For the most part these sound good, and in tune apart from a single harmony on the final ‘Cap FM.’ They could perhaps do with a touch more compression to pull them all together, and a little more balance on the harmonies so as not to surge in volume as they’re added in. Perhaps bussing the Sung Vocal’s out and adding a touch extra compression to them as a group could help glue them together and put them in the same space.
Something else I notice is the reverb on some of these Sung Vocal’s. It’s almost a touch too tight here and there, so it’d be worth turning that down a bit – or elongating it. It’s possible that it’s also the environment the vocal’s were recorded in as well, so perhaps checking out that environment and moving to somewhere with less natural reverb would be advantageous.
All that said, I really like the effects and editing on the initial Cap FM, sounds cool!
There are two voice over parts to this. A solid male, and a whispered female. The female part sounds nice and I can hear it in the mix, but the male voice is a bit boomy. I think it’s been recorded a bit too tight to the microphone, and needs re-voicing and a little EQ to help balance it. When I’m trying to make a big male voice over I don’t ever boost the bass, I cut out the extreme low end, and look to balance some of the low-mid’s and upper mid’s to taste.
Upon listening a few times I felt like something was missing – perhaps a little bit of sound design to help parts of the piece pop out. Most notably I feel a an impact off the back on the final not of music would really aid the punch into the next element on the radio station nicely.
I’m a big fan of mastering to glue an entire mix together, and with this piece I think it would really help even out some of the volume riding on the music.
I feel like this is a solid piece of production, with some cool tricks in it and the composition of the piece is heading in the right direction. With a few tweaks as mentioned above it could really stand out and truly pop on the air.
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