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TomNoyd

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I don't mean that in a defensive, sarcastic, rhetorical sort of way. I'm sincerely inviting people to take a listen and give their 2 cents on what needs to be improved with these tracks.

(I'm still not too savvy with embing Soundcloud playlists so I may be editing this post a few times)

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I'm taking a stab at Hybrid, epic-ish, trailer-ish music so I'm not even trying to do anything original - just trying to see if I can even fit into the genre. I'm aware of the array of mixing issues (one track has enormous low-end build up, another has some weird transients that sound like the toms/low percussion are popping, the rest is just "meh").

If you take a listen, you're generous. If you give any constructive criticism (on mixing, composition, arrangement, etc), you're a saint.

Thank you very much and I hope I didn't waste too much of your time.
 

X-Bassist

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Sounds pretty good Tom, no reason to apologize. To improve it you may want to EQ out some of the lo-mid muddiness (200-500Hz), or perhaps orchestrating with less low and low-mid instruments- the detail of what your doing gets lost when too much is piled up in this frequency range. But this is minor, the pieces sound good and with a little mixing and mastering can pop a little more . Great job! :)
 
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Thank you very much, X-Bassist!
You definitely confirmed my suspicions. General mixing and my tendency to pile more and more instruments are 2 of my strongest weaknesses. I'll focus on cutting out the mud in the lo-mids and sharpening the details.
Thank ya much!
 

Ollie

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Hey Tom,

Some nice tracks there. I like your use of sound design. Are these sounds you have made yourself?

Also what percussion libraries are you using?

Thanks,

Ollie
 
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Hey Tom,

Some nice tracks there. I like your use of sound design. Are these sounds you have made yourself?

Also what percussion libraries are you using?

Thanks,

Ollie

Thanks, Ollie!

I'm afraid I cheated - I didn't "create" any sounds. Most (if not all) sound effects where just dragged/dropped in from Impact Soundworks' Juggernaut (some percussion as well).

Synths - NI Massive and some FM8

Percussion - As I said before, Impact Soundworks' Juggernaut (as well as their freebie version of ReForged); Impact Soundworks Impact Steel; Spitfire's HZ percussion (1 and 3); Albion I; Heavyocity's Evolve Mutations (1 and 2, I think). Oh, and I used the freebie version of Wavesfactory's Drum Circle.

And if anyone else is curious, Albions I and III make the bulk of the orchestral parts (a little bit of Albion UIST too).

Thanks again!
 

Ollie

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Hey thanks, for the info.

Nothing wrong with using pre made sounds! I'll have to check out those freebies you mentioned.

Cheers.
 
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