The choir pack you have is vivid. What are you using for that?
The strings sound a little off, and the break leading into the rock section is a little too long.
As a whole I like the idea you have. The mixing seems a little underworked or dry, but there is a charm to this piece.
The choirs are Soundiron Olympus Micro Choir. It sounds okay, though unfortunately it doesn't have legato. I had to use a pitch bend that went up from at the end of the starting note, then use a different sample of the note that it was moving towards to, and start with a pitchbend down, going up. That way both the starting notes and the notes it was moving towards to sounded right and not have that weird "chipmunk effect" you usually get by using a pitchbend. I had to use a crosfade inbetween the two notes that was exactly in sync. Took forever to make it sound remotely presentable. I use Zampled Euphonic Strings for the string sounds. I actually like that sample pack better than the choir pack. Though I must admit the results here are a little disappointing. Maybe I wasn't using them correctly. I'll have to take a look at that.
I've changed the breaking leading into the rock section since your review. It's still as long, but I've added a reverse guitar power chord. I think that makes it more interesting, so it doesn't seem as long.
The mix could've been better. I was only told 4 days before the deadline I was allowed to enter the NGADM, and that's when I started working on this. I was on holliday at the time, so I was woring on my laptop in the nights and mornings, so I didn't have much time. Besides the project was so heavy for my computer it couldn't play it back properly. It kept hampering, so I couldn't mix it very well. When a bunch of plugins crashed, I had to close the program and restart it again. But there were so many samples it wouldn't open the final file anymore. It took 45 minutes to an hour to load, and every time I tried to render it, some instruments crashed and were missing from the render. In the end I had to use an earlier project file that didn't have all of those orchestral instruments you hear at the beginning, and work with that. The sad piano part was supposed to be played by orchestral instruments, and after that there was supposed to be another rock section with orchestral instruments played over it. Together they played a more epic version of the sad part. All in all the song was a little over 7 minutes long. I hope to be able to render the full version sometime in the near future. So far I haven't been able to open the most recent file, and I have other priorities/deadlines to make.
I love your work. It sounds animated but vivid. And really clean mix too.
Many thanks to you, Mr. Spade. Glad you could join me on today's wild west journey
Epic indeed. I'll always enjoy some good orchestral rock
This is the type of music that I was introduced to Newgrounds with. And I love it.
I will say though, IMO, it seemed like there was a section or two that I think was missing some sub or bass, but it doesn't stop me from liking this.
It's done well too. Really enjoy the drums
Thanks Spadezer! :D
Your style is changing a bit, but it's good. I wouldn't expect you to move into uplifting songs that are centered with vocals.
From what I'm used to hearing from you, this is really good. I wonder how you made those high pitched shout synths. Those are cool and subtle.
Wow, I wasn't expecting the break going into the climax. It was well done. I'm a little concerned about the blending, the vocals do seem to be crowded a little bit, but I'm also listening on my speakers since I'm trying to multi task. But hey this is good
It's so happy and open. The use of distortion, gating, and glitching is cool too.
dude i use that in literally one section
I love it. I will download it and sing along with it in my car.
Hey, Spadezer. :) Glad you enjoyed it so much. I've disabled downloads but perhaps I should open those up if you want it. Otherwise, shoot me a PM and I'll email it to you :)
Came by to say that the mixing of the whole track is top notch. The percussion mixing in particular is superior. It's all so clean and powerful. If anything, the rhythm/backup guitars are a bit too quiet in my opinion, but this is some of the best metal mixing I've heard on this site.
Thank you! I feel like I can always do better with my mixing, there's always that chase for the best tone and overall mix I can do :)
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