I like it overall, but there were a few things I would draw attention to:
First of all, the background strings you have throughout the entire piece are good, but might need a little bit of a change, because they get a little stagnant. A slightly longer motive or a few small dynamic changes should take care of this fairly easily.
Secondly, the quality of your synths is a little low, but this is to be expected with synth strings. Strings are one of the hardest elements to emulate synthetically. If you can't get something performed, a general rule is to try to cover it up with other synths that sound better, or to try to edit what you have, i.e. dynamically, through processing, or through layering other instruments on top.
You can disregard any of the above if you want, everything is dependent on what you are writing this cue for. I do really like it, it has a pretty nice atmosphere, and I will leave the compositional aspects up to you. That is personal preference. Quite a nice cue though, I really enjoyed it! I wouldn't have said as much if I didn't really like it.
First of all, thank you for providing such an indepth review! I really appreciate it, and this will definitely help me out, both in editing this piece and writing for future pieces as well.
Now for the strings...I added solo string instruments on top of the string ensemble, which is what you might be hearing. In the future, I'll keep this in mind and avoid writing solo strings on top of the ensemble strings. Thank you again, I'll take a look at some of the dynamics as well.
how did you make this?
I liked it for what it was. great quality and very good writing.
Thank you! I wrote it using Finale 2009, using string VST's from East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra, and percussive VST's from Stormdrum.
Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.