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  1. AngelCityOutlaw

    Woodland Wonders

    A tune I composed for a virtual instrument contest. It's fantasy inspired. You know the obligatory scene in fantasy works where there's like a waterfall in the forest and some absurdly-hot woman, probably an elf, showers under it? That was what I was going for.
  2. It isn't. I'll give you my recommendations after the following PSA: I strongly advise against is the idea of the "training wheels" library, as I call it. No such thing exists. The cheaper libraries typically have so few articulations and/or are very cumbersome to use. What will happen to you if you cheap out with the mentality of "because I'm a beginner" is you'll wind up spending hundreds of dollars now...AND hundreds of dollars later on something you could've just got to begin with, because you'll realize how limited the thing you previously owned is. What you should look for, is virtual instruments that offer you two things: 1. Ease of use. You ideally want something that allows you to do everything with any given instrument on one track. So no Violin Sus, Staccato, Pizzicato, etc. all on separate tracks. 2. Rhythmic capability. This is the most important one by far. Libraries like Cinesamples typically offer various lengths of shorts. If you don't have this, playing simple phrases like... This horn part Becomes basically impossible to sequence believably. Many sample libraries only offer you one kind of short note and I personally believe this limitation is why the "String Pad + Legato Melody" style of awfulness has become so pervasive in modern orchestral music. Layering shorts and longs has wildly mixed results depending on the library in question. That being said. For ensemble orchestral libraries I believe there is nothing better on the market than Berlin Inspire 1 right now and it's about the price of EWQLSO Gold.
  3. AngelCityOutlaw

    Epic music soundtrack

    The opening with the narration reminds me of Conan The Barbarian Anyway, I don't generally do much in the way of criticism, but what the hell: I would say that the tune doesn't feel "epic" to me. Your harmonic progression perpetually feels like it's building up to something, but when it loops back on itself like that, jumping back down to the tonic, it quickly kills the excitement. A progression like that is best used toward the end of a theme. Consider that around the 1:08 mark, you have this section where most of the other stuff drops out and you have that string ostinato; this would be an excellent place for measured tremolo. It also feels like this should be a section where we get a moment to breath and a sense of relief from all the action, but because the dynamics and orchestration are so consistent, it just doesn't deliver. Another issue is a lack of movement and rhythm: a very common problem in modern orchestral music. You have a lot of sustained notes and basically your only sense of pulse comes from that ostinato and the drum hits. I would definitely use more articulations. A big problem affecting the overall piece is a lack of variety and dynamics. The whole thing is hovering around roughly the same dynamics and is mostly the same ideas repeated throughout. Not something I associate with "epic". Most epic pieces of music start with a simple theme, orchestrated to sound tiny, and then re-introduces it later in a larger, louder orchestration. It sounds like you're trying too hard to make the whole thing feel "big", but in doing so, you have the opposite affect. Remember, without small there can be no big — and yes, that is what she said. Anyway, here's an example of something that illustrates the dynamic and orchestration "build" with larger reprisals that I'm talking about.
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    Perendinare

    Good stuff, Luis!
  5. AngelCityOutlaw

    Perendinare

    Good stuff, Luis!
  6. I'm going to be honest with you: I don't care what you think about the length of the piece. Most of the tunes I share here are demos that go on my website. When potential clients come to me, they don't want to hear a 4-minute epic from someone whose music they've never heard. Rather, they just want to know style, if I can actually write a decent tune, etc and if they don't like it almost instantly, they shut it off — I think most who'd listen here are probably of like mind. Secondly, sample demos for music like this, where it's all about the melody, shifts instrumentation continuously, etc. takes a lot of time to make even for a piece this long; it's not something like what a lot of YouTube composers do, where they fire up a legato patch, play some chords with the left hand, add an ostinato, and have a repetitive piece of 3 minutes in less than an hour. Thirdly, between normal life stuff and currently working on the soundtrack to a horror game, I don't have a tremendous amount of time to work on 3+ minute tunes for fun. Lastly, I prefer shorter tunes anyway. I expect this feedback because I've shared it in a place where you find EDM artists and as I believe you are yourself, concert composers who have the liberty of spending indefinite amounts of time to develop pieces of music, but I still see the time criticism as largely irrelevant all the same. Thanks a lot Luis.
  7. I did not, actually. However, I am working on a witcher-themed track for Halloween.
  8. In a previous tune I'd shared, I originally had this highland sort of section, but it didn't vibe with the rest of the track, so I made it into its own little thing instead. I'll probably swap out the folk instruments with the equivalents from Era II at a later date.
  9. AngelCityOutlaw

    Limit, epic orchestral piece

    I would hope you'll add more of the orchestra. Right now it's mostly strings; there are no brass or wind instruments, or driving percussion. On the note of the strings, I would say that your samples aren't really working here. The low end is too loose and the staccato/spiccatos don't have nearly prominent enough an attack. I think that one percussive sound are Col Legno, but they sound quite "machine gun" to me. As for frequencies, I'm not quite sure how "cut & boost" with an equalizer became conventional wisdom, but I assure you it is not a solution for mud in all but the most extreme scenarios, and only regarding an individual instrument compared against itself. Applied to an arrangement, at best, this method of "cut one frequency and boost in the opposite" will result in certain aspects (and not always desirable ones) simply being louder and adding a pseudo-clarity to those parts of the sound. The simple fact is, 9.9/10 times the only real solution to frequency masking is better part writing. When two sounds occur in unison, it results in a doubling; neither sound is especially distinct, in certain combinations. As such, the solution is easy: Don't have two different parts playing in the same pitch range if they're not supposed to be doubling. You will be at the mercy of physics here. As I always tell people regarding mixing: There honestly is no such thing that differs from arrangement, composition and orchestration. There was a time even recording music wasn't possible, let alone equalizing it, and composers still got perfectly clear, balanced "mixes" anyway.
  10. The best way is with an actual multi-sample library like Cinematic (Studio) Strings, Cinestrings, the stupid amount of string libraries Spitfire makes, etc. As for phrase libraries there are a couple like Action Strings by Native Instruments or maybe Sonuscore's "The Orchestra". But adjusting an existing phrase from like a loop library or existing piece is going to sound bad, especially with pitch-shifting. You'll also be severly limited in the music you can make with that method.
  11. AngelCityOutlaw

    How to deal with doubt

    Yeah, Don't view your peers as "competition".
  12. AngelCityOutlaw

    The Olympian Conscript

    Thank you, Monarcheon!
  13. AngelCityOutlaw

    When do you get melodies?

    Anytime Yes Melodies, or more specifically, "tunes" have a structure, shape, and phrasing akin to grammar. At least...they should. I'd advise learning more about melodic contour, phrasing, and thematic structures like the musical sentence or period and working within this framework.
  14. You've been chosen by the gods! The last tune I'll be sharing for a while; it was inspired a fair bit by the music of the Soul Calibur games. Hope you all like it!
  15. AngelCityOutlaw

    Within

    I like it; very chill! Good atmospheric use of the vocals too.
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