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Dragon Racing - mockup journey (HTTYD2) - Blakus


Midi Magician
Hi fellow midi manipulators!

Once a year I usually do a Star Wars mockup to compare with previous years. It's fun to look back and see where I may have (or not) progressed. This year however, for various reasons :roflmao:, I decided I needed a break from Star Wars, and decided to go with one of my other favourite influences!

The purpose for doing this is solely for my own learning, but I thought it might be fun to share a little along the way. I'm mainly trying to improve mixing, balance and midi wizardry techniques throughout the process. Rather than trying to emulate the actual soundtrack mix, I'm just aiming for a pleasing mix using the samples I have. I plan to do a video walkthrough when I eventually finish. This is still very much a work in progress, but feel free to share any thoughts/criticism!

Things I've learned already so far:
  • John Powell's orchestration is lean but mean! I naturally over-orchestrate :(
  • Mocking up those "in between" articulations is not fun. Not quite a short, not quite a long. The area in the middle there is hugely used with so much variation, our default articulations just don't cut it.
  • It's so easy to use excessively high mod wheel data, keep it under control, Blakus!
  • to be continued...
Note: I'm leaving most percussion and other misc elements out for now.

DL Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jmsy6yh1rez6c8y/HTTYD_Blakus6.mp3?dl=0
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South Thames

Active Member
This is really awesome -- the brass sound amazing, and the woodwind are also really convincing in the kind of passage where they often aren't in mockups. Great work! Would love to know what libraries you used.


Ludwig Göransson Fanboy
You’re a beast, Blakus!! Been watching you since your Hobbit trailer breakdown years ago, I’m definitely looking forward to the video walkthrough for this!

Mayur Hegde

New Member
Nice..I am at the very beginner stages of mockup right now. Still getting a hang of how things work in mockup. This sounds great. Inspiring.
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