"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 !

     
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  2. ryans

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    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!

    Ryan
     
  3. Land of Missing Parts

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    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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    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).

    <3
     
  5. Manaberry

    Manaberry Active Member

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    Very nice mockup! I really like the mix. Sounds natural.
    Beau boulot!
     
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    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

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

    Brian Nowak Active Member

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    Sounds great... right out of the box...
     
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    You know what, I was SO CLOSE to write that and tag you, Brian :)
     
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