Iulian Deaconu Power Intros
Iulian Deaconu, from Romania sent through a couple of pieces he’s created via our Submit Your Work section on the website.
“Hi! My name is Iulian, I am 17 years old and I am from Romania. I love radio imaging and I started produced at the end of 2014, but I got more serious (using more plugins and stuff like that) this summer. I’d like to be a producer for one of the biggest CHRs in my country one day.
I think these power intros are the best stuff I did so far. They didn’t hit the air, but I am patient and optimistic about the future. I kept them simple because I didn’t I didn’t found my style yet.
For the second power intro I wanted to recreate the AutoTune effect from the song, but I just started using pitch correction plugins months ago so it doesn’t sound as good as it should.
I took the artist drops from some interviews I found on Youtube, so they might be a little low quality…
Look forward to getting any feedback you might have.
Thoughts: Iulian Deaconu Power Intros
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! Unfortunately the work is not available for public listening, but here’s what I thought:
The Drops and Voice Overs sound nice, I feel like the female is a hair sharp on the ’s’ noises, so might be worth checking your EQ or reaching for a De-Esser to manage. The effects on the voices are great though, nice variety and clarity – something I think is really important, you don’t want to mess the message up too much. But careful with that AutoTune effect on the second piece. Because I don’t speak Romanian I’m not sure if it’s clear enough from and understanding point of view… Keep practicing that though!
These actually feel a touch ‘RAW’ and you could probably get away with processing them a bit harder to sit in the mix more. It’s not that you can’t hear and understand them, but you could stylise them a touch more. Don’t worry, most producers source ID’s from all sorts of places, so managing the quality of them in the mix is part of the process!
The sound design is cool – I don’t know where you got that from, or if you made it, but you’ve got them sitting nicely in the mix. If you wanted to ‘hot’ your work up a bit more, you could introduce some additional elements through out the peices to aid the transitions between Voice Over and Artist ID’s etc… I’m thinking Whooshes and lighter effects rather than similar to the ones you’ve already picked.
I think overall a bit more ‘glue’ in the way of some compression on the master might be worthwhile. This would help bring everything into the same space, and sound like a complete piece a touch more. I think a compressor set to around 2:1 and a slow Attack around 10-20ms, with a Release around 120-240ms would be a great start, alongside a limiter to catch the wild peaks. Then, utilising a setup like the ‘Clean Track’ in the ‘Free Pro Tools Template’ could help so that you don’t have to process the entire song after would be useful… More on that in the blog later next month!
A solid start, great ideas and rounded processing being used here – maybe you can push it a bit further to develop your ‘style’ and find your sound!
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