"Dark Crystal Overture" Mockup ! (aka Soaring Strings Crash Test)

Discussion in 'Member's Compositions' started by whitewasteland, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. Hi everyone,

    Having recently acquired Musical Sampling's Soaring Strings during their latest sale, I wanted to try them in a new Mockup.

    I am a huge fan of Trevor Jone's score for Dark Crystal, so I thought it would be a perfect candidate. Here is my Mockup for the "Overture" piece (well... not the whole piece, but the biggest part !)

    With the exception of a very few runs, trems and stuff, 99% of the strings are Soaring Strings. Brass is Berlin Brass with a few touches of Metropolis Arks & the excellent Majestic Horn from Organic Samples. Woodwinds are from VSL SE, + the sweet Clarinet from Embertone.

    Hope you'll enjoy the result !

    Last edited: Mar 13, 2019
  2. ryans

    ryans Active Member

    Apr 26, 2012
    Great work, and may I say great taste as well... it's a gorgeous score.

    A major letdown with sampled strings, for me, is the inability to capture that (soaring) quality that high strings in octaves/unison have when performed live... but they sound pretty good in your mockup, soaring strings doing their job!

    Orchestral balance is really good for the most part.. brass may be a bit underrepresented in a few places. At around 2:00, it would be nice to hear that beautiful cello line come through a bit more... although I'm probably only noticing that due to my familiarity with the original recording..

    Well done!

  3. Land of Missing Parts

    Land of Missing Parts Confabulous Fop

    Jan 27, 2013
    Love it love it love it. :elephant:

    Is that Drum Fury I hear in the bass drum and/or timpani?

    Also, is that Gelfling I smell? :emoji_gem:
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  4. OP

    whitewasteland Senior Member

    @ryans : Thank you so much ! I think Soaring Strings did very well in this situation. Very happy with it !

    You're probably right about the balance issues you mentionned, but I spent so much energy on the transcribing/playing/programming process I may have lost focus on the mixing stage. I guess I'll find out in a few days :)

    @Land of Missing Parts : Glad you liked it ! No Drum Fury on this one, it is very well recorded, but too clean/modern for this particular mockup.

    I usually use a lot of close mics in my mockups, but here I sticked to only using decca trees for all instruments (or ORTF for Berlin Brass).

    The Gran Casa is from Ark 3, and the Timpani is from HZ01 (even if I told @NoamL I didn't like them a few days ago, lol).

  5. Manaberry

    Manaberry Active Member

    Apr 9, 2018
    Very nice mockup! I really like the mix. Sounds natural.
    Beau boulot!
  6. OP

    whitewasteland Senior Member

    Thank you @Manaberry ! The mix is actually dead simple, just reverb, some volume automation and a very soft limiter. :)
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  7. Manaberry

    Manaberry Active Member

    Apr 9, 2018
    Sometimes it's not that easy to do simple things :P
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  8. Brian Nowak

    Brian Nowak Active Member

    Jan 9, 2018
    Sounds great... right out of the box...
  9. OP

    whitewasteland Senior Member

    You know what, I was SO CLOSE to write that and tag you, Brian :)
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