~SW~ Winter

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Winter is not just a season, but someone very important to me. I doubt many people will know what I'm talking about, but that's okay.


<===> Lyrics <===>

-The Voice of Mind-
Winter is calling me, and I must reply.
Winter is calling me, and I.
Winter is calling me to hear her voice.
I cannot hear her speak, for I,
I know not the way.

-The Voice of Doubt-
I am the voice in the back of your head. The source of your doubt, the source of your dread.
I am the thought that destroys your creations. I am the one. I am deconstruction.
I am the pain that shatters your focus, the doubt and the fear breaking into your mind.
I want you to fail. I want you to writhe. I want you to live without any vision.
The pain in your heart as your partner dies. The lack of sound, the lack of life.
I am the one keeping her imprisoned, the doubt locking down all her vocalization.
There isn't a place, there isn't a time. The only way to get me gone is lying through your teeth, I.
I will. Never go away. The time when I'm gone is the day you die.

-The Voice of Mind-
Winter is calling me, and I must reply.
Winter is calling me, and I.
Winter is waiting for the time we can speak.
For still she is calling me, but I cannot hear her cries.

<===>Notes and Statistics<===>
Note: The vocals are not meant to be particularly clear, especially not the voice of doubt. After all, this is a story of mental communication, and lack thereof.

Time taken: 36 hours in-program. Something like 6-7 hours recording. Total of about 42-43 hours.
Instrument channels: 11 instruments, 3 of which are combined in one FX channel making them all into an effect, 1 of which is all drums.
Automation clips: Precisely 20 automation clips.
Audio clips: 21!

<Programs/VSTs used and their functions>
Omnisphere: Most melodic instruments - except voice, obviously.
Addictive Drums: All drums, obviously.
Midi Out: Routing Omnisphere's instruments for organization and modulation.
Layer: Setting up a good THUMP.
Sampler: Sampling sound effects 'n shiz. What else?
Maximus: Mastering, drum compression, voice compression.
Fruity Parametric EQ 2: All equalizing. ALL OF IT.
Fruity Compressor: More compression.
Bitcrusher: ...distortion via bitcrushing?
SH-1 Filter: Modulating drum cutoff.
Fruity Delay Bank: Slight delay on one of the leads for a thicker sound.
Fruity Multiband Compressor: Compression and amplifying the bass.
Guitar Rig 5: Bass amp and FX creation. Also adding a bit more shininess to one effect.
Fruity Formula Controller: Automation of some panning.
Patcher: Improving some effect routing.
Fruity Phaser: Making effect cooler.
Fruity Flanger: Making the same effect cooler.
Fruity Reeverb: Some reverb in the same effect as the Fruity Phaser and Fruity Flanger and Patcher as well as reverb on the thump.
Fruity Balance: Volume control in Patcher.
GlaceVerb: Extra 'cool' reverb. Pun intended.
Fruity Reeverb 2: Reverb on vocals.
Fruity Stereo Shaper: Moving the whispers back a bit more.

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Beautiful song. You did give it a good mood, it makes me think of... air, weather, cold, wind. Winter. I can barely understand the Voice of Doubt in its very beginning, but just reading the lyrics it's so grim and depressing. I am thinking whether it'd be better to deliver this part in the whispering voice you chose, or perhaps a low-pitch voice? Nah, would not fit. Overall, technically, it sounds just a little rough and could-be-even-better, but it's a nice emotive song. Keep calm and force on. -C

SkyeWint responds:

Hey there!

It's funny, the weather of Winter isn't what the song was about, though I did compare it with that, but yeah. As I said (well, kinda), only a few people would really understand what it's about. I think that might have extended to the voice of doubt section where you're saying that you could barely understand it at first.

Absolutely agree that it could be done better technically. It might be a good for me to do a quick do-over of the mix and redo the singing... but meh, I don't like looking back too much. I prefer to look forward to what I'll do next.

So endless hours of nosing around FL trying to make a single sound fit your brain's vision. The results may not be immediate, but after years of practice suddenly things like this. At least that's how it has been for me, but I'm pretty sure it's the same for everyone. Now you know this already, but I don't write as much as you. I just don't have much to say about other people's music usually. The only things I can usually think of to say are basically if it were ME making the song, what would I want it to sound like? Well that's not my choice to make. Of course, that is disregarding technical issues which this song clearly has a lack of. I like it, it reminds me of NIN and the production is excellent. I used to have Addictive Drums but it stopped working, it's great and I miss it. However, what you did with the drums is awesome, might as well be live. 5/5 from me, vocals sound good and they blend in well.

Keep it up man!

SkyeWint responds:

Endless hours of messing around. ;-; ENDLESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.

I have no idea what NIN is, but I'm going to take that as a compliment considering the rest of that sentence. Addictive Drums is awesome too, it probably took the longest to set up out of all the aspects in the song.

So finally here is my review!

Overall a very good piece with unique mood, synths - i especially love the bass synths-drums combination. Sometimes its getting a littl bit washed because there is so much action going on. Omnisphere is a good tool in your hands. You just can hear how much effort has been spent into this project ... dont know how you feel buti have been quite exhausted after our first round duell :D Öove the sequence after 2:19!

All the best!

NGADM Round 1 review.


This is a detailed track. I mean really detailed. It is obvious that you poured your heart into this song. From the imaginative and personalized lyrics, to the progression of the song, to the quality. Everything was carefully thought through and masterfully executed. I have to give you major props on the vast level of creativity in this piece. Just out of curiosity, have you ever listened to 'The Main Drag'? This song sounds reminiscent of their work. Ultimately, this track still remains remarkably unique.

The introduction is nice and mellow, just right to set the mood for the rest of the song. I loved the crisp percussion (which is insanely varied by the way), such as the stick hits that you have assembled throughout the first portion of the track. The light breaks in percussion help amplify the significance of the airy pad that lurks in the background, which really brings out the theme of the track in a whole new way. Speaking of bringing out the theme, and to further reiterate my above statement, the lyrics are beyond creative. The way you whisper throughout the “Voice of Doubt” portion of the song (1:55 – 2:43) is absolutely chilling. Furthermore, that beautifully melodic synth that begins floating around at the 2:43 mark just blends so well with the rest of the instruments. It sounds quite magical!

There were really only two things that fazed me while listening to the track: the mixing and the vocals. Now don't get me wrong, both of these aspects of the song were rather quite good. However, since there was so much going on in this song, the overall mixing result sounded somewhat swamped at times. Everything sounded clear for the most part, but I think Step said it best when he stated that the vocals sounded “distant” and while it works in favour of the theme and approach, they could have been mixed better. While the vocals are good, they fall flat throughout the song on a few occasions, most notably throughout the “Voice of Mind” portions of the song. A prime example is on the line “Winter is calling me, and I.” The words 'winter', 'me', and 'I' are drawn out into long vocal notes which sound as if they are being sung outside of your vocal register. This happens again on the line “I cannot hear her speak, for I,”. Singing outside of your vocal range would be the reason why the notes sound flat when compared to the others. Perhaps by singing these words at a higher pitch or resonance would help rectify this issue, because to me it sounds like your voice could reach much higher notes. With all that being said, the vibrato on 'voice' is excellent! Other than that, I cannot see any other issues with this song.

Once again, I must say that the detail and hard work that you have put into this song is clearly evident. I would love to hear you write more stuff along this style and approach! Keep it up, my friend! :)

Score: 8.75/10

I actually didn't know you were a male! This is really so well done, well worth the hours put into it. I'll keep this short as I don't really have any criticisms! Really wonderful :)

SkyeWint responds:

Surprise! :D I'm glad you like it, I certainly think it was worth the time spent.

Hoping I can get more music out which is on par with it. :)

Credits & Info


4.29 / 5.00

Jul 30, 2013
1:06 AM EDT
File Info
9.8 MB
4 min 19 sec

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Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.