Mmm, pretty lovely
Mmm, pretty lovely
A very nice violin composition, BlueOceans! All of your instruments come together very nicely here, though I must admit that the overall mix feels strangely thin. This can tend to be an issue when there are mainly mid-range instruments and few in the lower register, so that's probably the root cause. Sometimes it can be blamed on a sparsely-utilized stereo field, but I believe you've made fairly good use of that here.
Like TaintedLogic mentioned previously, that dark Waltz-y vibe is really fantastic. It's a bit like Gypsy music, or some kind of twisted carnival. I can actually imagine this playing in a Tim Burton film, with that same kind of oddly fun and endearing darkness. One, two, three... one, two three... And I really love how you've filled in the space between the Waltz pacing with all those lovely staccato notes.
Violin VSTs don't usually sound particularly realistic, but this one's quite solid. I believe you've done a lot here to make it sound as organic and natural as possible, and as far as I'm concerned—mission accomplished!
Thanks for the review!
I think the main culprit of the overall mix feeling thin is the maximus preset I used. I never tried it before and I don't even recall why I decided to use it xD In addition to that, I think I high passed the piano too much. The low register of this particular piano sounded a bit messy with the sustain pedal, so I tried to cut it out with EQ but to no avail.
I'm really glad that the violin sounds realistic! It took a lot of effort; I spent several hours on the keyswitches alone.
I like the cute, waltzy vibe and the how the piece evolves as it goes on. You kept the texture pretty simple, but the mood is rather engrossing and the melodic content is really strong. I suppose I wish you had done a bit more with the percussion. You started overusing the crashes a bit by the end, and the rhythm section just needed more variety. That said, the instrumentation and atmosphere of the piece are really well done. Production is strong as usual, although not as loud as some of your electronic pieces. Keep it up, BO! Good luck in the Cacophony. ^^
I agree with your criticism. I drastically changed the song after already having worked on it for 20 hours, and my ears were so fatigued at that point, so I stopped working on production prematurely. Thanks for the review! Btw, I got knocked out of cacaophony because I didn't reach 100 points.
One of my favs from the 3rd round.
Got hooked on that main melody as soon as it started.
Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.