{-^MP^-} Epic Sneak...

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Doesn't this sound like like trailer music for an espionage movie? Well that was my inspiration anyway.
Also we went through this really tough move recently, and at one point I was so worn out all I wanted to do was curl up inside the truck and wake up the next week.
This song is in honor of being down and out (like spies always are!) and getting on with it. (like spies always do!)
Or maybe I was bored because my internet was down after the move, and decided to fool around with FL hits. ;)
Either way, enjoy, and please leave reviews!
P.S. I still haven't figured out a good method of amping the volume of an FL song with out a) compressing every instrument, b) using the master volume and having sound like it's being played underwater, or c) using an outside program. Any suggestions?




It was a very good song with some cool instruments in it. I liked the middle of the song a lot, but, I didn't liked how it end. You can still make the song a little more longer and with some more instruments, but, it's quite good right now!

Musical-Pants responds:

Yeah, I don't like the end either, but at this point I don't feel like changing it.
Thanks for the review though!


Yes, like you said, it sounds like a trailer for an espionage movie, and I was thinking of a Madness battle too ; ). This is the kind of chord progressions I like (I, III, IV and V).This sounded quite epic :P. And as always nice choice of intruments. But two things. At the end the drums could have had more intensity to make the song more epic. And then, "distorted synth" hasn't enough sustain. Try do add more sustain to make it more catchy ; ). Overall gread job. 5'd as always with your songs. 4.09 / 5.00 (+ 0.12)

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Musical-Pants responds:

Thanks a lot.
I agree there are some things that need to be worked on, and I'll keep your comments in mind.



Well, you've definitely got that spy feel in this song. I dunno that I'd call this epic but it is definitely fitting to a scene where a spy is doing his business unnoticed. It definitely portrays that very well. I was kind of iffy on the kick. It may have been just my opinion, but I wanted a different one, possibly one from a rock kit or maybe even increase the attack so you get somewhat of a click (not too much) going at the start of the hit.

Anyhow, I really liked this song. I think that my favorite part was the lower register piano hits; for me, that really brought the espionage into the song. I think that it pulled everything together, but then again, I'm a sucker for piano...

In terms of amping everything I'm assuming you mean getting your volume to the level that most CD quality songs are? If that's the case you may want to look into better mixing the instruments you've got in your song. I'm sure that you do a decent amount of that with the compression, but you shouldn't need to compress every instrument. Try panning the instruments as you'd see them on the stage (or be creative if there's different type of instruments there). But basically, (you may already do this, but I dunno) you want to free up a space in the stereo field for all of the instruments.

Once you've got everything panned to its respected spot, you can pass the instruments (each one) through its own bus and put a tad (small or large depending on the piece and context) of reverb on it and then pan it opposite (or close to it) of where you had the instrument panned. This will give it the feel that it's being played in a real environment, but at the same time not way way off center.

Again, I may be preaching to the choir here if you already do this and if that's the case, I apologize. Once you do that, you may not have the need to compress. Basically bring up the levels on each instrument so that it's not clipping but it's loud enough to be great quality. Only then, think about compression. Also EQ before compression as well in case you want to free up some space in the frequency spectrum for different instruments.

This should make your tracks wider and sound louder without having to put he volume way up. When you're done, slap a limiter on the end of the signal chain before rendering and it should bring the low volumes up a bit and limit the high ones to a place where it shouldn't clip. Oh, and make sure you leave kicks and the main bassline in the center otherwise the song will appear lopsided.

I apologize if this is a review for you, but hey, it can't help to provide more info right.

To reiterate, I really liked this one and I can really see your grasp on FL is getting better. Sweet song man!


PS - Sorry for long review, but hey, who doesn't like those?

Musical-Pants responds:

Wow, I can't believe I forgot to respond to this review. Long reviews rule!
I've taken all of your hints and suggestions to mind, and I should have something worth listening to from FL up soon.
Brilliant review, thanks again.


i believe its very well

choreographed bro- just simple and puts you in that " grind " metal mood - not necessarily " rockin out " but that type of feel. good stuff.

Musical-Pants responds:

I appreciate it.
You're right, it doesn'tt really have the edge it might have had, but I thought it could work without guitars, and I think it does.
Thanks for the review!


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4.09 / 5.00

Sep 8, 2008
9:50 PM EDT
File Info
3.6 MB
1 min 36 sec

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