xDJWAOx Rap Is Back Package
Valentin aka xDJWAOx, from France, sent through his Imaging Package he created for Rap Is Back via our Submit Your Work section on the website.
Hi, I’m Valentin, I’m a graphic student in France, I’m 18 years old, and since 2012, I’m making my passion for voice-over and radio imaging production on my website, www.xdjwaox.com. I love working and playing with my voice!
I produced all the radio imaging (jingles, liners, voice over…) and logo / graphic charter for “RapisBack” (www.rapisback.com), who is a urban webradio about French indie rap and urban culture. “RapIsBack” is a radio broadcast too.
For this radio imaging content, I was inspired by the voice over and the audio productions of the french urban radio, “Skyrock” with a young and dynamic voice over (my own!) with a lot of effects.
Let me know what you think!
Thoughts: xDJWAOx Rap Is Back Package
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:
My French is terrible (but then anyone who isn’t French just has terrible French right?!) but the voice over seems to be clear – which is the most important thing! I like that the voice FX later on are layered overtop of the clean voice to ensure clarity. You’re voice over style is cool, I’d look at experimenting with your EQ a touch more though. I feel like the Lo-Mid’s are a little too heavily filtered? It does create a cool tone, but perhaps a little less aggressive in this area with your EQ cut?
The FX sounds great, I felt like on a few bits throughout the package there was a LOAD of FX, almost a bit too much? Sometimes it’s about the right piece rather than throwing all of them in. I did like that I heard a variety of FX, from digital style breaker noises, through to impacts and whooshes.
Some of the music was a bit quiet for me, and I felt like some of the sweepers didn’t quite move with the beat as much as they could… I think because of the extra FX overtop made the pieces feel like they weren’t always in time. I think though, driving the music harder in the mix might be worth a shot. You could even try setting up a sidechain to duck the music with the VO speaks. I’ll do a blog post about that in the future if you’re not sure how to set that up…
I feel like it’s well glued together, you can always experiment with different mastering settings, but I feel like you’ve got a good sound working on this stuff here.
The work sounds tight, polished and comes together well as a final product. Nice work! My biggest feedback point would be the overuse of FX – but it is working well in places, perhaps just tame it back here and there a little bit.
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