Beyond Gravity - Beyond the Horizon NGUAC Entry (Instrumental)

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Well this is my NGUAC KO-Round entry! This project is something I will be refining in the future, but I have a deadline to keep and I think this is indeed presentable. Where will it get me I don't know.

OOOOH BOY! Midi routing... I should have paid more attention during that workshop back in the day. I think I just got lucky that I got my Yamaha PSR-550 running again! (I seriously need a better Midi Keyboard.) But that is where I started jamming on. And that is where the Saxophone line was born. Everything else pretty much just fell in to place after that. I also have version with vocals planned, but I would never get the recording done in time. So for now enjoy the Instrumental version.

Now the technical stuff!

FL Studio 20
Project Info
This Project was started on the 29th of July
Total time spent on it 10 hours 16 minutes
Plugin Count: 32
Channels: 17
Mixer tracks: 16
Playlist tracks: 13
Playlist clips: 34
Notes 2246

A combination of Harmless and BooBass with some EQing

Two layers of NI Massive Fruity Parametric EQ and Fruity Reverb

Pad Layer:
A combination of NI Massive and NI Hybrid Keys

Again NI Hybrid Keys, EQing

Lead Sax:
DSK Sax - Tenor Saxophone

FPC - HQ Rock Kit, with replaced kick and snare, EQing

Fruity Parametric EQ2
Effector (Reverb and Delay setting)
Fruity Reverb 2
Fruity Stereo Enhancer
Fruity Multiband Compressor
Fruity Limiter

Native Instruments:
Guitar Rig 5
Super Charger

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I like the atmospheric effects at the beginning. The pads at :06 sound a bit cheesy, but once the texture fills out a little more the piece sounds really cool. I think the kick at :33 has a tad too much treble, and the drums could sound a bit wetter to fit with the atmosphere. The saxophone was a nice touch, but I think you could’ve foreshadowed its entry a bit better. The melodies it plays also seem a bit meandering at times. I see what you’re trying to do with the gradual escalation of the piece, but it might help keep the listener grounded a little more if the composition was a bit more drawn-out. I like the more legato melodic elements at 1:52. I think the piece could’ve benefitted from a bit more structuring - the instrumental hierarchy is pretty much the same from around :52 onwards, and the one-climax model is hard to pull off in my experience. I also think you could’ve had a bit more intensity at the emotional height at 1:52. Another layer of harmonies or something beyond the synth arpeggios would’ve really given the piece that extra “oomph”. Regardless, I admire your sense of harmony, progression, and sound design overall. Keep at it, BeyondGravity! :)

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I like the beginning intro. Comes in strong and fast. I can tell where it's going and I like it. The drums are great for this type of song. I can see this in a Final Fantasy game. Is that you playing the sax? It gets a bit stagnant before the 2 minute mark but not too bad. Those scales though... Nice. I think I would have left out the sax at the end.

BeyondGravity responds:

Thanks for the Feed back! And no sadly I can't really play any instrument, no less afford one. This is a lot of midi. I am pretty much self taught when it comes to the keys. Planning on taking lessons in the near future.

As for the melody going stagnant, I agree with you there, At the time I was rather satisfied with what I had made. Perhaps when I get the vocals for this song I will change up the melody a bit more.

Great chilled out synthwave piece

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4.32 / 5.00

Aug 2, 2019
11:25 AM EDT
File Info
4.2 MB
3 min 3 sec

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