Rising Tension (Mac Mix)

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This is my entry for the Mac12 contest. It's a short piece that I created in short time after reading about the contest and noticing that the deadline is just hours away. It's probably not the kind of stuff that's gonna win the contest but heck, I just wanted to join the fun. :)

Considering the piece: Actually I was going for a big orchestral arrangement with lots of brass and woodwinds but at some point I decided that adding instruments to this combination of strings with a soloist would only harm the sound. I just used a few percussive instruments and a grand piano to add some dramaticism and strength. The idea was to add tension throughout the whole piece by widening the instrumentation all the time but since I decided to focus on strings this has turned out rather hard and hasn't worked out perfectly.

Update: Reuploaded new file with proper MP3 information.

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Comes very well over here .... I will start for my future videos! More please!

F4LL0UT responds:


Fantastic! I love it! All of the instruments sound like a live sample, IE no transition issues with the strings, as you find most of the time.

The voice obviously has transition issues, but voices are nearly impossible. Actually I've kinda' grown to like the 'sampled' sounding voices like this one. I'm curious where this one is from. Is it one of the Native Instruments?

F4LL0UT responds:

Thanks. :) Well, as for the strings I'm using several different libraries, none of which is state-of-the art, but if you use decent reverb settings, play the instruments well and spend a little time on on manually polishing the legato (instead of simply quantizing the recording) you can achieve this even with rather simple libraries.

As for the vocals: it's the soprano soloist from East West's Symphonic Choirs. Actually I believe that by experimenting a bit with some of its features I could've gotten much better transitions but I'm still rather satisfied with how it turned out - one of the main problems is that the panning isn't the same for each note so you'd have to fix this manually. But I have to say that when actually using the library's choirs there's almost no problem with the transitions. Also I believe that the soloists from Voices of Passion are much more advanced, considering the authenticity but this one is pretty much exactly what I wanted in this piece.

This is pretty good and very inspiring. Seems like a you a lot of work into it. Though you are right, it's nowhere near long enough, I still like it.


ps: Check out some of my stuff sometime :D

F4LL0UT responds:

Thanks. If the general feedback's gonna be good I'll probably continue working on it (your review is a good start :)). The sad thing is that the contest's deadline is followed closely by a much more important deadline - it this hadn't been the case I'd have spent more time working on this thing. :/

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Feb 14, 2012
11:48 PM EST
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3.9 MB
1 min 42 sec

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