Abdul Karim Siraji

Abdul Karim Siraji


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Abdul Karim Siraji

Title
DJ AKS
Bio
Music Producer, DJ, Music Arranger, Sound Engineer
Website
Expertise
mixing, recording engineer, music production, emerging artists, remixes, arrangement, djing
Interests
world music, pop music, remixes
Location
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Mike Costua submitted media.

Adam and Eve by Mike Costya

Abdul Karim Siraji

Very Independent style and impressive arrangement. 
Really clean MIX Track. 

I was expecting a change in the Chords or the Drum pattern in the Chorus. Or some kinda addition of a Synth line. 
That could give a wholesome feel. Something similar to 2:03. 


It would be nice to bring in the Chorus without any Groove before the final chorus...

Fritz Gillis submitted media.

Only by The Fritz Station

Abdul Karim Siraji

Very nice Funk style song. 
Good Mix-master too but could control the Bass and vocal volume. 
Preferably check it on various sound systems and mono compatibility. 

Drum Section could be a bit stereo spread. 

I Am by 2:45

Abdul Karim Siraji

Very interesting mix of Spooky and abstract style. 
I am sure this will be well accepted by Cult fans. 
I feel the Mastering could be less harsh on ears else everything sounds good and well produced. 

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Baby Blue by The ocn

Abdul Karim Siraji

Great Voice Tone! The music production is great too. 
Though it would be great if it was  a bit shorter to keep the best parts and tighter .
Low end could be better in MIX

Casper Alexander submitted media.

Whole PRTY Drunk by CHISongwriter

Abdul Karim Siraji

Sounds like a club banger Trap song. Though I feel the vocal quality , mix and master  could get more professional. There could also be some signature sound to differentiate the music of the song to other songs in terms of sounds introduced. The beat could also stop and start at places to emphasis lyrics.  The chorus vocal line could use of more Backing layers, this will also help show that there are more people in the  party. And ofcourse it could really do with the adlib shouts which trap music is known for. 

Robo Vine submitted media.

Get With It by Robovine

Abdul Karim Siraji

Thanks for submitting your track. I am amazed by the creativity put in both the music arrangement and also the video. I think the song could be very popular. Only one thing which is missing is a proper MIX and MASTER. 

The sound design, arrangement is done very well, but however i would insist a better Drums and vocal balance. 
Also a lot of sounds are clashing into each other. The over all volume is a bit low too. 

Let me know if you would like help with a different MIX if this song. 

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You Versus the World by Mr. Dreem

Abdul Karim Siraji

Sounds a like a great song. Just see if you could do some Mid side EQ to remove the centre parts as its clashing with voice. 

Linda McClain submitted media.

The Waterfall by The Jewel Machine by The Jewel Machine

Abdul Karim Siraji

The song has a very Country sound to it. I feel the song is good . Just needs tweaking when it comes to mixing.  Over all it needs more warmth. 

I feel the Kick (drum) could be louder. Bass Gtr can be louder. 

Vocals:
If there are backing vocals , it could be a nice idea to Pan the backing vocals . 

The Centre guitar is clashing with the vocals. You can either increase vocals or reduce the centre guitar

Mixing:
Most of the instruments are in the centre, it would be nice to keep the shakers and other drum sounds (except kick and snare) panned as much. 

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Futureproof by Kaptur

Abdul Karim Siraji

Future proof by Kaptur sounds like a perfectly produced song.
However i feel the vocals needs to go up by 3-5 db. 
The Bass drum can also be compressed a bit more and increased by 3 db too. Over all the Bass region can be more to give it a warm feel. 
Other than that the Vocals, lyrics and music sounds quite good and would be a hit if accompanied by a great music video

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Abdul Karim Siraji

Dancing in the Dark by Kaptur sounds very catchy and professional. 
Once again i would suggest increasing vocal levels up by 3 Db
The Reverb sound is good but needs to be automated to be in control to not over take on the overall sound.

Both the songs submitted could have a better master without distorting. 

Jordan Webb submitted media.

Pseudo by Aolma

Abdul Karim Siraji

Great use of the Keys in sample style. The track sounds intense and could be used for a Rap/Hiphop song. 

I recommend using a strings backing in the Chorus section to build up the overall feel. The breakdown at 1:33 could also use some strings sampling. 

2:27 there seems to be a distortion if you listen to them on High resolution monitors

Francesco D'Andrea submitted media.

Sharp Thin Blade by Black Market Aftermath

Abdul Karim Siraji

Its a very catchy song. Over all has a very good recall value. 
However i would suggest a better MIXING be taken consideration. I like the Grungy sound but the sounds needs a proper MONO and Stereo separated mixing.  Also the vocals and instruments might need slight quantisation at certain points.

Nick Torres submitted media.

My Time (Official Video) by Myke Charles (feat. Sean Brown)

Abdul Karim Siraji

Good job on this single. Lot of correct things done, However i would like to give you helpful advice on things you can consider next time. 
Try to use new sounds when it comes to music arrangement. The sound selection is very important. Nowadays songs need the drop/chorus to be heavier than the verse. The Piano/rhodes/keyboard feel is a bit outdated unless you use it for a section only. 

The Mixing could be more tight , especially it being a Pop/RnB/Hiphop vibe. Lot of stems used like the open Hat and Tambourine could be either removed or reduced in volume.

There is a Snare that is panned to the Side, should have been in centre to hold the groove together.

The beat could stop at few places to hold momentums.

John Minster submitted media.

Bryn Athyn by The Coffinstuffers

Abdul Karim Siraji

Nice Song.
Though The Sound mixing needs a lot of improvement. 
Mixing:
Vocals can be louder
Triangle Bell can be softer. 
Synths can be Panned bit Centre.
Reduce Chord Organ/pad a bit

Music Arrangement can be a bit more interesting to keep listener interest.
Like you can stop the Drums at few moments.

Vocals: You could add backing harmony vocals in chorus.

Qyko submitted media.

Abdul Karim Siraji

It would be nice to sample the Brass section before playing the whole melody. 
Also the backing chords could be plucking sounds in few sections.
The overall Mix could be more tighter. 

Mike Will submitted media.

Higher Self by Karmic

Abdul Karim Siraji

The song, Vocals and lyrics are very Catchy. If promoted well, i see it matching the likes of Drakes - One Dance or Cheap Thrills by Sia. However there are few sounds that sound a bit Low quality. 
The MIX can be better , especially because its a good track.  Also i think the song could have a nice Future House Bass line.  Right now the sound is completely similar to 80s disco.

Jose Otero submitted media.

I told you by Jose Otero

Abdul Karim Siraji

The Songwriting , Vocals is amazing. 
Music Production wise the arrangement is great.
The only thing i  wish the MIX could be tighter.  The Kick and Bass seems to be missing that crunch.
Also the Master can be better.

Drake Vernoy submitted media.

aut0pil0t by vernox music

Abdul Karim Siraji

The song is catchy. 
I think you could harmonize the chorus parts to give it a fuller feel
The Mix could be better too unless this is the sound you had in mind.
Some of the vocals seems off sync as in LIVE version. 

Bobby Lewis submitted media.

Working For The Bad Guys by Mustardmind

Abdul Karim Siraji

Nice songwriting and arrangement. 
Mixing could be bit better. Try to remove any blank portions on channels when not in use, as its making the MIX very noisy. 
Try to use a single BUS for the reverb to reduce the reverb clash. Same for the Delays.

Qyko submitted media.

Sunrise (Part 1) by Qÿko

Abdul Karim Siraji

Use Bass Guitar on Bass Note.  Right now its playing the lead note .
Example if the lead melody is playing F then the bass gtr should play B and so on...

The PAD can be a triad chor: Three notes making a chord.

Try to introduce Sounds on a cycle of 8 bars. Right now Sounds come in and out abruptly.


Try to keep the stereo image clean. IF there are too many sounds in the MONO field , you can try panning them out. 

Qyko submitted media.

Under My Skin by Qÿko

Abdul Karim Siraji

The bass line shouldnt play the lead melody it should play only bass notes.
Try to add backing chords to give it more complex timing. 
The build up should have repeatations of the hook melody

Qyko submitted media.

Abdul Karim Siraji

Nice intro Trumpet (add some pads)
The intro kicks can add Toms
The bass line should be different bass notes.

Drop is nice...needs more layers of the main lead synth.

Qyko submitted media.

Abdul Karim Siraji

When I meet you
The Intro Trumpet section needs a backing pads and some Toms and Percussion
Build up - snare roll…
The main melody needs Harmonies to back it up

Again here the BASS is playing lead melody , where it should play the Bass of the chord. 

The Kick and highs section seems too Over compressed.

Try to use a BUS for all Reverbs and Another BUS For all delays

Qyko submitted media.

Abdul Karim Siraji

The sounds u are using is quite old style. I would suggest you listen to the latest EDM sounds and artists.
The melody are very melodious and bit too jingle type. For EDM u need more complex short tunes.
Think about the chords. The chords right now have this 90s style .

work on your chords, like i said before u are using only the lead melody in BASS guitar. but you have to use the root note of the chord. Like if the melody starts at A then D would be the Bass note.

Qyko submitted media.

Faraway Horizons by Qÿko

Abdul Karim Siraji

This song has many problems. 

The intro tune has a slight off note...unless you have done it intentionally.
The build up need more sounds like snare roll / perc etc
Backing Synth notes clashing too
Sidehchained Pads chords clashing 

PLease check the notes in manual and see if they are all in the same chord/scale.

Qyko submitted media.

Abdul Karim Siraji

Intro Piano: Add Chords to accompany the piano, including piano chords arp and backing pad (chord).

The Build up @0:48 needs more creative EDM build up.  Listen to few EDM productions nowadays, they have lot going on on the Snare Rolls, Pads, Fx etc.

Missing BASS LINE

1:50 Hook melody is fine. But its totally empty. There should be minimal sounds accompanying the production always. Not all sounds are in your face type. 

Suggestion: 
THink of filling up with something on these sections through out:
Low frequency : Bass, Kick, Toms, SUB Bass, Boom etc
Backing  frequency: Pads, Arps, Chords, Piano chords,
Lead: Vocals, Synth, Hooks, Piano leads, instrument solos
Fx: Rises, Falls, Drops, Effects

All of these should be present same time in some form...

Qyko submitted media.

Abdul Karim Siraji

Bass: The bass is playing the melody, it should play the bass part of the chord.

MIX: 
For the MIX you should create BUSes for Stereo Sounds and MONO Sounds.
All Mono Sounds should be MONO (coming from the centre)
All stereo sounds should be Stereo. (coming from both L And R ... or any one side.
Remove Lows from all instruments except Kick and BASS

Qyko submitted media.

The Horseman by Qÿko

Abdul Karim Siraji

Intro: The Song can begin directly with the Acoustic Guitar part.  Or the intro can be more stonger.

Melody: After hearing the whole track I understand there are about 3-4 melodies being played through out. 
It would be good to make them in a Proper format. Like Melody 1 goes to 2 and then 3 as the final.
Some thing like how we make songs:
Verse (Melody 1)
Pre-chorus (melody 2)
Chorus  (Main DROP melody)
Verse (Melody 1)
Pre-chorus (melody 2)
Chorus  (Main DROP melody)-
Bridge (bridge melody breakdown)
Pre-chorus (melody 2)
Chorus  (Main DROP melody)-

MIXING: 
First of the track requires a better mix. Since this is an EDM track, it would be advisable to have the sounds based around the KICK.  Try to remove Low Frequency from most of the sounds (Bass part of unwated sounds). This will allow the Kick and Bass to breathe.

Martin Tillman submitted media.

Cracked Diamonds by Martin Tillman

Abdul Karim Siraji

Great Title and Artwork.
Composition: Brilliant production and melody. 
Suggestion: I would suggest to have a breakdown somewhere halfway and then bring back the full sound.
Mix: I feel the Bass region is a bit muddy at portion and the details get hidden. 
Master: Great.

Silvia Nikoletti submitted media.

Loving You (Official Video) by Celeste Buckingham

Abdul Karim Siraji

Great vocals by Celeste and nice composition. Love the bridge and final chorus chord progression. Musically i think the use of a backing vocals for the final chorus would add a grand feel. Also some of the strings arrangement could be more layered towards the end. The song definitely works for me. If promoted well the song has the potential to reach an audience similar to Sam Smith and Adele.  The video is perfect too.

Andres Aloi submitted media.

Abdul Karim Siraji

The songs sound good. Reminds me of ColdPlay. I think if the MIX can be reworked then his could actually turn out superb.
Some of my suggestions about the MIX.
There is some wrong note in the synth chord (third bar).
Backing vocals in the Chorus can get louder.
1:41 Lead synth can be a bit louder
The hats can be Stereo Split widened.

Julianne K submitted media.

Abdul Karim Siraji

The words "16 years of love" is actually very catchy. The reggae vibe really sets the vibe. Very good Music video concept too, especially the intro is pretty cute. However i could hear MONO audio, it would better to have the audio as stereo in the music video. Defintely this songs gets a thumbs up from me and would like to hear it on a morning on the radio.

Fluence Team submitted media.

For the Creative Community by The Fluence Team

Abdul Karim Siraji

The Promo definitely explains the concept very well. Though the backing music and voice over could be better.