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This is for the Orchestra Mac12 Jan/Feb - /bbs/topic/1287744

So this is my first track of 2012! Yay! So I thought to myself since the year 2012 is so popular for being our last year, then why not make my first track all about that.

For this I was looking for a sort of disaster sound, which was one of the hardest things I stupidly decided to do. However, although the entire track was to represent megasized chaos I did want to dive into a sort of survival sound, because that's what it's all about, surviving the entity which causes the threat. What that threat is, I'll leave to your imagination. Because of the nature of genre, I wanted things to twist, turn, stun and clash, yet then be able to come together. It proved troublesome, but so much fun ( I can say that now that's done!" lol)

Theres a full orchestra running here with aggressive percussion to cause a bit more drama and some choirs here and there to emphasise scale of events which take place illustrating the impending doom. You may find that you need to turn up your volume, my mastering is a bit poor and I can't seem to get things loud without distorting the sound.

I've heard some excellent tracks in the OrchMac12 so far, with some stunning compositions from great artists, and as I've read more to come! If you haven't heard about the OrcMac then there's still time to enter! The final date is Feb 15th. All the best to all the involved artists!

Thanks for listening!
P.S. My computer hated me for this project.

So some people are messaging me via PM and reviews asking what are you hearing being here is a quick list. Keep in mind, EVERYTHING is layered, so anytime you hear something it's no doubt sharing the spot with something else, even if its like two trombones from different packages, etc. I feel like it widens the sound, even if it puts insane stress on RAM and CPU (which both were maxed). But that's just my opinion, ive heard some amazing things withour layering, and it might be the reason why i have mastering problems.

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Eastwest Choirs
Stormdrum and Stormdrum 2
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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Fantastic piece, really captured the idea, I thought.

From one OrcMac composer to another, may I ask what sounds these are?

PeterSatera responds:

Absolutely, it's actually very similar setup to AI: Evolved. I'll edit my comments as im getting a few PM's asking me too. :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Ok so i'm thinking about entering the MAC12... but it will be hard competing against hans zimmer disguised as this guy :P yeah u are that good. well done

PeterSatera responds:

lol, if only I could find out what he used for his drums back in the Crimson Tide, The Rock days, nobody seems to know.

You should enter though! Competing is fun, but it really gives me an excuse to just get down to it and make something. :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Engaging, extremely well mastered. The opening brass hits sound almost a bit too high velocity-wise...

One thing I would have expected is a lot of tremolo strings, but, forgive me if I am mistaken, I didn't hear any. The vocals are great... EWQL, I presume? You have a sort of call thing going on around 2:10... might be better to have those quarter-notes coming out from different pans (left-right) for more contrast.

You have that epic feeling down really well, great work on that! It flows well, but consider some lower cymbal rolls or gong rolls for a more epic feel.

At the finale (4:33), I feel as if more could have been given. The issue with having a song so epic the majority of the time is that finales are hard. Consider a full chorus in at that point singing a counter-melody of some sort (perhaps rest-F#-G#-A for the first measure) and strings doing whole notes as well, just to put as much noise in there as you can and to make it feel as "full" as possible. Perhaps even marching cymbal crashes on the 2,3,4 beats or something. As I said to others before, don't be afraid to break out a gong... it lends a great epic feel.

Strings- consider all sorts of sixteenth-note arppegios climbing all over the place and descending/ascending lines, although I like those root-root-fith-fith (or whatever you did there with the marcato strings) sixteenths too.

Brass sounds great, as a trombonist, I fully endorse it! :P

Just don't be afraid to make your bassline (tuba or double-bass) louder... or maybe that's just my speaker setup.

If you have any vibraphone or waterphone instruments, here's the place to use them. Also, anvils might be a good addition if you want that sort of ringing hit.

As for mastering, may I suggest writing everything at half-volume (if you have a master volume slider control for the whole piece, drop it down so your waveform only goes about half-way to full) and write there, then boost it up as needed later and, if REALLY necessary, use a light compressor if you want a loud mix, although that can cut back on nice sharp percussion sometimes.

A great piece, one of the best so far!

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PeterSatera responds:

Hey Samulis, thanks for the review! You're right about alot of things, such as the additional percussion would have added some variety. And maybe I could have changed it up at the end to give us a newer sorta theme to emphasise the climax. I actually did add almost every VST that I had running at the time to play something, so my layering might just be poor. The velocity at the beginning was intentional, and I've heard it done before in some scores that I have and for that fact I wanted to maybe give it a shot myself where the stac's just interupt everything.

I actually do write everything really quiet and master up. In fact when doing so i nearly deafen myself when a sudden noise from any other app hits me. I know it's not an excuse but I do have sound card issues, being that it just doesn't f**king work anymore. So when sound was mobo direct, which sounds soooo awful.

I should have added a waterphone. This was a perfect opportunity too! Argh!
Thanks so much for your review, it helps me improve so much! :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars


P.S. IM IN LOVE WITH THE NEW NEWGROUNDS LAYOUT OMG "designGASM* Im in love with the new visualizer.

Side note GREAT WORK. Wish I could do something like this!!

PeterSatera responds:

Yeah it's really cool! :D

Thanks for the score!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Enjoyied it. Really captured the feeling of doom.
However for me nothing will top "Last Hours" form LOZ: Majora's Mask as a doomsday song.

PeterSatera responds:

Hehe, "final hours" is sort of different track altogether, it's a slow doomsday song. ;) Glad you enjoyed it though, and thanks for the review!