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    ASTRA (epic ma non troppo...CSS and more)

    You + piano + strings = :faint:
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    Midi vs notation

    Good responses guys, thanks. I'm going to be writing for a string quartet pretty soon that will be recorded in about a month and a half, and I was also wondering if I should try to find the sound I like in midi and than notate it, or just notate it. Thoughts?
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    Midi vs notation

    There's probably been stuff posted on this, but thought I would start a new thread anyway. I learned to compose in midi before anything else, and so I'm obviously more comfortable with that set of tools. My biggest problem that I've had with notating (I use Sibelius) is the playback of the...
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    Recommend places/people for album artwork?

    I hope this is the right place for this post... Anyway, any recommendations for good album artwork? I'm releasing an EP, and have like absolutely no experience and have never done this before. If you're curious about the style, it's split between orchestral songs and ambient songs (with a bit...
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    I wrote a song

    Enjoy! (Note: was made in 2 hours and thus it will probably have a some mixing and programming issues)
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    Does this work?

    Thank you! No shocker - its HWS.
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    Does this work?

    Updated version, thoughts? (Bear with some of the programming of the dynamics, legato, and tempo - they're still a work in progress)
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    Does this work?

    Theme and similar chord structure. For awhile I thought they had the same mood, but I'm not thinking so anymore after various feedback like yours.
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    Does this work?

    Got feedback that sounded like two different cues, with the first part sounding mournful and then the second sounding more adventurous/wondrous. Do you agree, or does it work? I'm on a tight schedule as this cue needs to be finished within the next week and a half, so please don't hesitate to...
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    Performance Samples + Musical Sampling libraries as core libraries?

    You may have already, but I would definitely download PS's free demo of Angry Brass. It has trombone, French horn, and trumpet sections that are highly useable. May give you an idea as to what the lib will give you. My only thing is that the dynamic range sounds cheap with them. But at FF, it's...
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    Audiobro Modern Scoring Brass (MSB)

    This thread is too long.
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    What is this?

    That's so great. Will definitely check him out more!
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    What is this?

    That's hilarious. Any link to the tweet?
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    I have no idea what I'm doing

    My composing process has never been described so accurately. Anyway, welcome to the forum, I joined for the exact same reason as you and would also consider myself to have no idea what I'm doing. You'll find some gold here!
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    What is this?

    At 1:09, there's some sort of hit, but my question pertains to the 16th rhythm that goes along with it. Anyone have a clue?
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    Junkie XL Brass?

    Their website doesn't have anything new, still says "Coming 2019" under Junkie XL Brass.
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    I need a little honesty...

    :faint:
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    I need a little honesty...

    Well... crap. Thanks for the honesty, I still will go on with the plan, but I do intend to switch over to library music in the future. The link in my first post is an example of my work for those who are wondering. Does "pennies" mean like literally nothing or below $50 (just throwing a number...
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    I need a little honesty...

    So, I've alluded to this before but I'm planning to release an EP of about 4-5 songs of mine that are a bit longer and that I've spent more time on. However, I believe that it was @NoamL who made a point about my structure not being very suitable for my music to be licensed very much, meaning...
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    Audio Imperia Photosynthesis I-IV Bundle - $80 - Worth it?

    I own volume 1 - massive amounts of useful and quality pads, especially for trailer pieces like you alluded to. Some highlights of non-pad patches would be a booms patch, couple of ambient guitar ones, a cool very-ambient piano one with a slight attack, and some cool rhythmic synths/sounds. I...
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    Friends, do not let the media stir you up, please!

    Maybe so, but you're language tells a different story. You obviously have a right to do all those things, but you are doing so in a manner that seems very hostile to opposing opinions, and you seem to shove your opinion down a bit, even if you are saying what you think is true and reacting...
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    Friends, do not let the media stir you up, please!

    If you assume that anyone and everyone who disagrees with you is stupid and ignorant, you are not worth having a conversation with. The beginning of a good conversation is being willing to listen to others, not assuming their worst intentions, and responding in a respective manner without saying...
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    Friends, do not let the media stir you up, please!

    I don't think most Americans are as stupid as you make them out to be. I'm never going to convince you I don't think and you're not going to convince me, but at least give the average American enough of the benefit of the doubt so that they at least can see through whatever crap is thrown at...
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    Friends, do not let the media stir you up, please!

    I respectfully disagree. I could see why you feel that the right lump all the media together, but the reason they do this is because most of the media are on the left side of the aisle. In a perfect world, I wish that all media sources were objective, but that would be ignoring reality. If the...
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    How do you use HWB within a trailer context?

    @ProfoundSilence and @Karl Feuerstake thanks for the tips about using tuba/cimbasso and EQing, getting closer to the sound I want for brass.
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    Spitfire harp?

    I have the spitfire harp and have enjoyed it a lot, but you should know that there are some glitches with the glissandi patches (I'm pretty sure it isn't just my problem too). Besides that, I would highly recommend the lib, although I'm sure others out there (i.e. Cineharps, 8dio, Berlin, etc.)...
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    How do you use HWB within a trailer context?

    I dump a ton of Valhalla Room on.
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    How do you use HWB within a trailer context?

    I'm mainly trying to use the 2+1 trombones for low brass, and then 6 French horns for the mid to mid-higher ranges. The thing that I'm having trouble with is that they sound to up in my face in a mix, whereas when I here well produced trailer mix, the brass are there, but not as much not up in...
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    How do you use HWB within a trailer context?

    I know that there are brass libs that are tailored for trailer stuff more (i.e. Trailer Brass), but I still think that I can use HWB for trailer stuff. So, for those who have it and use it in trailers (if any), how do you make HWB sound more cinematic/trailery (like Trailer Brass) instead of...
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    8dio Liberis on sale - anyone use it?

    I have it, and in my more limited use of it, it has been a solid choir lib. Only thing that bugs me is the fact that they have a solo girl legato and not a solo boy one as well (there's a solo boy patch, but not legato and unusable for solo passages). Like you said though, for $88, it's a great...
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    Remorse, an exercise in synth programming

    Love it, really cool. Based on that track I am even newer than you in that area, so I thought it sounded great.
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    Why are the HWS tremolo patches' dynamics controlled by CC11 and not CC1?

    Just discovered this, and was confused why it was the case. Is it just a simple mistake on the part of EW?
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    How to make my tracks louder?

    I totally agree, but the louder moments of your track are still louder than the loudest of mine, so my issue is still there.
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    How to make my tracks louder?

    Probably both given that I'm mostly self taught, but I do think it is mixing more than orchestration. But curious to see what you think based on this track.
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    How to make my tracks louder?

    See my above post about my knowledge of that stuff (effects) :grin:
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    How to make my tracks louder?

    Did, and it smashed it way to much with compression. For mastering, its great, but most settings that didn't use too much compression didn't boost the gain that much.
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    How to make my tracks louder?

    Orchestral mockups. I do want to be careful of using too much compression (been there, and wow it sounds bad), but my tracks are still too quiet compared to similar style mockups.
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    How to make my tracks louder?

    Ok, in my limited knowledge of that stuff, I'll try it.
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    How to make my tracks louder?

    So I have noticed for a long time now that my tracks (even at their loudest moments) are quieter then others'. If you have listened to any of my pieces, you will know what I mean. So how do I make them louder? Is it as simple as boosting the db on each individual track to the max it can go...
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    Please have a listen to my compositions.

    Cool track - great to see a fellow young composer! I liked how you stuck to and circled back to the original idea/motif, helped the song to come full circle. Only thing I would say is that the choir chords in the background starting at like 2:05, IMO, needed to change with the melody (it felt...
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    How badly do I need percussion?

    For library and trailer music, how soon do I need to get it? I would like to turn to a style like Blakus' as he is trailer-ish yet still very orchestral and not necessarily very synthy. I noticed that he uses Hans Zimmer perc a lot in his cues, but all I have right now is HWP and 8dio Epic Toms...
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    One of my best...

    No, I would rather you be honest then not. I'm in high school, so music is not my living, but I would like to make money through it if possible. I listen to tons of soundtracks, so I think that style comes more into my music then the typical develop-one-idea style. I think I might have my first...
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    One of my best...

    Thanks much, that's incredibly helpful. I understand what you're saying about structure, but I will confess that I don't really want to change the piece's structure. Do you think that it's structure is good enough, or not so much.
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    Scoring my first feature film

    Really cool, that's awesome man!
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    One of my best...

    Ok, thanks for the feedback - in terms of the solo violin, would it make more sense if what an ensemble? In my limited knowledge, I would guess that would set up as 8 violins playing the line and 8 playing the measured trems/staccatos. For midi, no one needs to know that I'll use the ensemble...
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    One of my best...

    Hey guys, This track is, in my opinion, one of my best, and will be in my upcoming release. I would really like some feedback on orchestration, mix, midi programming, etc., as I'm not very experienced with those areas (particularly mixing and orchestration). Thanks as always :)
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    Advice on speeding up the composition process...

    I'm a midi composer, and after 1 year of mostly uninstructed learning about orchestral composition, I feel like I've learned a lot. However, I also feel that my process is too slow. Granted, it is just a hobby, and I do it about 1 & 1/2 hours a day every other day. However, my ratio is about 2-3...
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    This got liked by 11 separate bots on Soundcloud (and counting)

    They came out in full force today... In all seriousness, any thoughts on mixing/mastering would be appreciated. With that said, I created this in like an hour, so don't have very high expectations ;)
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    I need help with a generic epic perc structure

    You could do a 16th rhythm as a base and then add some bigger hits to emphasize either downbeats or any points in the measure you want. Also, listen around and see what good composers within the epic genre do for rhythmic structure at the climaxes of their pieces. Nice work though :thumbsup:
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    The Russian Collusion Idiots

    Yes, it is a game, and one that Obama was very good at, despite the fact that he raised racial tensions and grew the concept of identity politics. When Nancy Pelosi is the sane voice of the party, you know they've moved left. They can't stand Trump and want to find collusion so bad because he...
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