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Auralaxiom says

So I’m pretty new to digital music production and definitely would appreciate any input on my material, as well as how to market it.

https://soundcloud.com/auralaxiom/a-new-life-remix

Thoughts?

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SiliconWorldAD says

I like quite a bit, it reminds me of some soundtracks from quaint family or home scenes in movies, possible some sky scenes as well. The only thing is something about the quality a little bit, there’s this subtle something I can’t quite figure out, it’s like slight distortion from the instruments not being equalized enough, for the violin the distortion lies largely in the higher frequencies and in the piano I’d say the mid-high.

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Creartic says

Sounds great! Low frequencies are too strong in my opinion though, so a little EQ work would fix this. An maybe a little more reverb on the strings? Other than that – sounds really good, would go very well with a happy ending of a movie.

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Mayerhuber says

You are new to digital music production? Serious? Sounds amazing! I love the piano sound and the fragile mood of this piece. Which strings did you use?

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MatteoZanverdiani says

Good Job…but in my opinion need some smoothing,
for example on high freqs… it sounds a little harsh.
Violins room and freqs are a little unnatural.
However is a good track and sounds clear…just need some improvements to get the best from it.
You are new to production, so…..congratulations Aural,
‘cause is a great cinematic/romantic track.
I really like it!

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MichalskiMusic says

Fantastic work! Beautiful, sensitive performance. I agree with Creartic. Work on the low end with some EQ a bit. Seems to be some extra energy in the area below 125 Hz that is causing a bit of clarity to be lost, but it is not a big deal, and I am only using my ears to tell as I did not actually run it through anything to find out. Excellent stuff. I enjoyed it.

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Auralaxiom says

You are new to digital music production? Serious? Sounds amazing! I love the piano sound and the fragile mood of this piece. Which strings did you use?

I’m using LA Scoring Strings. It’s a great library, but the learning curve is STEEP. I’m still nowhere close to using them to their full potential.

Of course, some of it is some sloppy programming on Audiobro’s part, but they did go out of their way to make it infinitely customizable (perhaps to a fault—sometimes you just want to load up a patch and have it sound awesome without having to do a bunch of stuff to it).

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Creartic says

perhaps to a fault—sometimes you just want to load up a patch and have it sound awesome without having to do a bunch of stuff to it.

Where’s the fun in that? :) But I see your point. I believe they had to decide – make it sound awesome “out of the box” for one purpose, or make it customisable and more universal. Most of the time I’m glad they did the second thing. Try Adagio Violins from 8dio, they require a little bit less work usually.

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Auralaxiom says


perhaps to a fault—sometimes you just want to load up a patch and have it sound awesome without having to do a bunch of stuff to it.
Where’s the fun in that? :) But I see your point. I believe they had to decide – make it sound awesome “out of the box” for one purpose, or make it customisable and more universal. Most of the time I’m glad they did the second thing. Try Adagio Violins from 8dio, they require a little bit less work usually.

Yeah, well how about both? Why couldn’t they have included a set of pre-processed patches as well as the raw crap? Honestly, I think the whole “it gives you more power to make it sound like you want” bit is a lame excuse for pure laziness, since, again, they could have just as easily included already processed patches (I’ll grant that they included a few pre-made multis that sound just ok, but they have an extremely limited range of applications).

It just burns me up that I paid $1000 for a library that sounds half as good Hollywood Strings and is twice as hard to work with, not to mention it includes only a small fraction of the articulations HS has. Granted, it’s certainly an upgrade from my old patches (EWSO Gold, which is still a GREAT library for the money), but I’m coming to find out that there are just better libraries out there for the money.

The work flow in LASS just sucks. I’m trying to figure how to use the freaking keyswitch they included in the ARC (that thing is an abortion of binary code) and I just can’t. You shouldn’t have to post on a freaking forum every time you want to use a feature that should be easy to use but isn’t due to counter-intuitive programming.

/rant over

And yeah, I’ll check out Adagio strings when I’m in the market for a new library. I’ve heard good things about them. I’ll be honest though, right now I’ve really got my eye on Symphobia. The sad thing is that I really like the Play engine better than Kontakt, but I know that it’s quite inefficient and is a ram hog. Sigh why can’t someone just come out with the perfect library?!

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OnSale says

Why can’t someone come out with the perfect track? ;)

Jokes aside, gorgeous composition you have there. From my experience with LASS, the legato patches are rather straight and non-expressive so you always have to add some expressiveness to them with other patches or libraries (especially if you have EWQLSO in your arsenal). Another thing is to equalize the predefined curves of the patches, subtracting a few deciBels in the mid and high range always did the trick in my case. And last but not least, a whole lot of convolution reverb, which I have noted that you kind of missed in your track above.

Send them via buses towards one good convolution reverb and always squeeze the knob until you almost reach the 0 dB mark (or surpass, depending on which sequencer you use), and adjust to taste when you approach the final stages of the mixing process.

The main advantage of LASS is that it is (way) more resource friendly than HS, audio artifacts and flaws put aside. Second advantage in my opinion is the solo chair of each string section.

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