== This is an NGAUC Knock-Out Round Review ==
Ooh, a video game track! Always cool to see video game tracks, especially the ones that go for the full orchestral palette. (That’s what I got into music to do, after all.)
I think that your handling of the orchestral instruments is generally pretty good. You only selected a few orchestral instruments, but to me they all sound good, and they go together well. I think that at points like 2:14, you can kinda tell that they’re not real, authentic instruments, but that’s alright, because for the most part that doesn’t really bother me.
The one instrument that did stand out to me is the drum kit. Although it sounds great by itself, it doesn’t really fit with the orchestral elements of the track - it sounds more like a rock drum kit to me. There’s actually a whole set of orchestral percussion that works better with orchestral elements - that would be a great thing for you to learn about and experiment with.
There are a few mixing issues. Consider the points where you song is the most full - for example, 1:12. At points like this, the drums and the marimba are pretty buried in the mix. I think the issue here is that the strings are simply too loud, and if they were quieter, this would be less of an issue.
The biggest problem with this track, though, would be the composition. The good news is that even though it’s the biggest problem, the composition is not *bad* - it’s just not really compelling. To me, it just seems to be very ‘safe’. With a stronger, more compelling melody, I think this song could be great!
All in all, I think you did a good job here. I would encourage you to mostly work on your melodies in the future, but I think you’d also have fun experimenting with other sounds in your tracks as well. Keep it up!
Overall Score: 7.5/10
Mini-Scores (see here: http://johnfn.newgrounds.com/news/post/936953):
* Composition: 2/4
* Arrangement: 3/4
* Mixing: 3/4