“I AM Universe” One of my recent cinematic tracks, let me know what you think!
Listening on my laptop, with my Etymotic ear buds. Don’t have my Sennheisers with me cuz I’m out of town…
Very nice. Flows beautifully. Relaxing. Well-balanced. The strings are beautiful. I really like the sound you got on your piano (Kontakt?). The arrangment is very nice.
I particularly like the way the piano and strings “talk” to each other. A lot of emotion here. The choral touches (like at 2:00 and 2:30) are a nice touch that add to the emotion. Very subtle, but effective.
If I were to find something to criticize, I’d just say that to my taste the pad is a tad loud relative to the rest going on. It almost takes over rather than just providing support. The EQ also feels a little heavy on the low end. Could use more air. Now, again, I’m only listening on ear buds; they’re pretty good ear buds, but just sayin’ . But my buds still tend to be light on low end, not heavy.
Another winner from you, Michelle!
Thanks for some great feedback! The Piano is Yamaha DGX 650 , a live Cello and a Choral pad. No kontakt on this one. I dreamt this arrangement where Piano and Strings talk to each other and woke up and had to record it !
I would prefer to hear a little more ebb and flow happening with the background pad. I realise the very raison d’etre of a pad is to be at a consistent level, but I feel it’s just a little too constant. I think perhaps giving it a little variation is an opportunity to really amplify the overall emotion of the arrangement.
I could definitely automate it some
Very nice @FluteCafe , I’m not usually a fan of ambient type sounds but this is both mellow and musical as well as cinematic. The combination of live and sampled instruments is impressive; so do you just have a direct ‘line in’ from the Yamaha ?
The DGX allows me to record and export a 1644 wav file directly to a USB drive. I love that particular Yamaha model. It is very handy for quick comps when you dont have time to fiddle around with VSTs and MIDI. It is a bit of an older model but has some really good sound samples.
Love the weaving between the sounds, creates a lovely ambiance…
One thing that caught my ear was the entry/attack of the cello sounds… it felt just a touch ‘clunky’ to me. It had that feeling of key rather than string. But that is probably because I am prone to fixating about cello sounds (grin)… automating the volume to just slide the notes in a little more would change this.
A lovely vibe.
Hi Emma, thanks for listening and your detailed feedback. I definitely plan on fading in the cello notes and automating the pad as well as noted above . The clunkiness is likely due to my inexperience in micing the cello. I had it too close to the sound box so the notes come out a bit harsh. I also had no compressor on , sort of put this together in a jiffy before I lost the notes ringing in my head lol
Ahh cool, and yeah, I know that feeling of having a song complete and needing to get it down… it’s a rare pleasure!! Didn’t realise you had mic-ed it… assumed it was line in…
really like the ‘musicalness’ of it all… hehe… how about that for an obscure comment.
Sounds really nice. Atmospheric and pleasurable to listen to!
Not a mixer here. It was sadly beautiful to me. Makes me think of a scene where two lovers finally had to go their own way?
It has a sadness to it yes. Its amazing how a few notes can invoke such imagery. The theme invokes a sense of lost time to me. As if I am seeing things in a distant future trying to not think of what could have been. It is sort of “emotional time travel”
Well done. I can hear it being used in a variety of situations. I think the dynamics could vary a touch more, but that I assume would be dependent on how it was used. It evokes emotion, which to me is the main ingredient.