I would maybe add some reverb. It sounds really dry to me. And maybe just massage the midi data a little. I like to make my string notes overlap just a hair so they dont sound too choked off inbetween. I think the orchestration sounds good. Nice evolving texture. Please take my comments for what they\'re worth. I\'m no professional myself. I\'ve got a few demos on the GPO forum. If you would lend me an ear and reply I would greatly appreciate it.
I like the Composition..., evoque me something like \"re-meeting\" btw two lovers....,
Talking about mix/Sounds, i think Percusions hits, are a bit Strong in relation the rest,..
and Sorry i don´t like the General Mix, there is something that doesn´t work \"just my Opinion\",
But the important is The Composition.....,
i like it..
Chris, your songs sounds pretty good. I agree with Eric about the string parts.... (sometimes they kinda \"cut-off\" too soon) Maybe a little more legato feel in the violin parts...And a little more work on the balance between the instruments would sound nice. Overall, it\'s a very nice piece of music. Just needs a small amount of \"tweeking\" and you\'ll be all set. Good job! [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
Listened to your work. Nice composition! Some suggestions however - mostly in the area of programming rather than in composition (specifically the strings.)
You might try using CC#11 to help smooth out the abruptness of the string ensemble\'s entrance and tails. That might eliminate some of the pumping accordian-like attacks and let offs that are so unforgiving on string mockups. (I deal with this myself - I have VSL too. If you can try to use the legato on the strings for it can smooth things out greatly without a lot of midi programming.)
I\'ve heard composers who use tons to reverb to mask these defects but I believe its better to fix it in the programming first and then blend a nice hall from one of the convolution impulse reverbs. The composition\'s ambience sounds a little dry - but in a way, dry is good because it helps us hear the problems first, gives us a chance to fix them and then add reverb to taste for a smoother production.
Thanks for your comments! You seem to be rather unanimous on this one! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Glad that you liked the composition! I agree on your points regarding the strings. When it comes to VSL, I\'m not that fond of the violin legato in the Performance Set which sounds rather dull/limited to me. I use mostly the legato patches in the \"normal\" Strings box. Some MIDI overlapping, CCing and doubling with legato strings might do the trick.
I played around with the Waves Truverb (demo version)for the first time, so I guess there is plenty of room for improvements on my part...I\'m usually a bit cautious adding lots of reverb.
for the string parts I did not use any Performance Set instruments. For the Vln, Vla and Vlc parts I used around 10 \"normal\" instruments each. I believed that I could get better results for strings using the \"chopped of\" instruments out of the String box. Well, maybe I was wrong :-)
I did use PS instruments for the brass and winds (and harp).
Funny that you associate the theme with Native America. Not only did I recently write a paper about Native-american music, but about a year ago I travelled in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah and visited amazing places like Canyon de Chelly, Monument Valley, Taos etc. I do have a fondness for Native-American music, so the influences are there...