Lemme respond to each part individually. First, though, I'll say that I'm happy to finally receive a constructive review! They're the only way I can improve! :)
"I read your list of all the samplers and so on and so forth and this doesn't sound like you'd really need that much. I'm pretty sure you could accomplish the same thing with a drum machine and a single synth."
Well, to tell you the truth, I could do all that in a drum machine, DirectWave, but when I "get in the mood," the most intuitive thing for me is the Sampler. I really should get in that habit, though. However, I don't understand how I could do all of my synths with a single synth. I have a variety of different synths I used, and some are extremely hard to synthesize on other instruments. I need to tweak them how I want them :P
Also, I'm aware that I didn't have to use that many FX channels, but I did so that I have more visual control over what's going on, as well as more processing control. Also, I would've used sends, but I forgot until the end :S, and it was too late by then.
"This is a well mixed song, very professionally done. Its too bad it isn't mastered, it would sound absolutely pro if it was. You should have at least mixed the final version at 0db."
I did mix it to 0 db, I think. I would've done some home mastering, but I felt that it was fine as it was. I can always go back and do that later.
"The song is very hyper/dance, space-racer type. Unfortunately I think it has a lack of melody or spirit. It has nothing to grab the soul. Its all energy with no spirit."
That's really the genre part XD, check out my song "Space Sequence (Remix)" if you want emotional. No, this is hardcore. Hardcore is about energy, and nothing else. The obvious response would be "well just use 999 bpm then!!!" but the reason is that it's about perceived energy, which is created through use of virtual meters, and ascending elements.
"You are a great electronic artist who has gained a very high level of skill at making electronic music, where you fall is it seems you have not spent as much time learning how to write songs themselves, that is, in the compartment of composing."
I'll respond to this with the next section.
"One thing you could try is to start writing songs with MIDI. Don't worry about the sounds or samples or mixing, don't even touch the FX channels, just select for or five instruments with MIDI and start composing songs for the sake of songs, instead of the sake of sounds. Focus more on meaning than energy for a while so you regain that song-writing balance."
I've actually done that before. It's A LOT of fun! :) I've tried to recreate megaman styles. I did that mostly when I was designing music for small games that my friend made.
"Then again I've only heard THIS song from you so I do not know whether or not this is typical of you, but most people who write this kind of music do seem to be stuck."
Truth is: at the time I wrote this, I WAS stuck :(, I was really pressed for ideas. However, once this track was finished, my ideas slowly started to return. If you'll check out the two songs I submitted after this, Zdarkness and Space Sequence (Remix), you'll understand that this isn't my sole output, it's just one of my preferred listening genres because of it's high energy content. I can still appreciate, and even write different music :P
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Thanks for the review! :D