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Discovered that Spitfire Audio Labs was a thing, so I made this using it.


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I like the ominous mood at the beginning and the creative use of percussion. The mixing is pretty quiet, and I suspect the piece could use some more compression, or maybe just a more careful use of volume levels. The string melodies at :32 are really nice, and I like the flow of the piece thereafter. I think there could’ve been a bit more structural variety here, even if it is a relatively short track - a breakdown or bridge that strips away the percussion and focuses on phrasing. The part at 1:52 is kind of like that, except its position in the arrangement makes it feel more like a coda than a bridge. I also think you could’ve made better use of the treble end of the frequency spectrum throughout this piece. I think it would’ve helped heighten the drama towards the end of the piece to transpose the strings up an octave and have the percussion do double time. Instead, the emotional height of the piece is at around 1:35, which doesn’t do enough to dispel the pent-up tension inherent to the piece. That said, I’m really enjoying the sound design, flow, and melodies here overall. Also, I really like how the part at 1:52 is just a slower version of the harmonies for the previous sections - it’s a fun detail that also makes an otherwise pretty sudden change-of-pace work rather well. Keep it up, AriothXerril!

Mixing, mastering, and balance
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
Instrumentation and sound design
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
Originality and uniqueness
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
Composite score

Not bad. My only real gripes with the piece are a lot of repetition with not much build-up, and the variation in individual hits of the sticked instruments could be a lot more obvious. I really would have appreciated were this not a loop and you had gone into a full out chorus with this theme. It's not a bad piece of writing at all. Makes me interested in LABs actually.

Beyond that, I feel the frequencies of each individual instrument could be cleaned up with an EQ or multiband compressor. Especially with naked sections, its common to get a boxy 250 hz and below sound from all the other instruments that gets in the way of your double basses. And those themselves can get gnarly hums in 30 hz and below... we all know they don't play in that range ofc.

Do not be afraid to layer other string libraries or instruments also. I know there are plenty for Kontakt such as wonderharp, egyptian ney (a wonderful flute), Pocket blakus cello, mini Naal, egyptian darabuka, clingfilm frame drums, and many more. You can also use a trick of pitching down an instrument with the kontakt pitch wheel, and transposing a second instance of kontakt with it -- or moving the samples on the keyboard. Go nuts.

And don't forget, raked cymbals are your friend!

Great hearing from you. Thanks for coming out to NGUAC!

Pretty nice!

Credits & Info

4.37 / 5.00

Jul 18, 2020
10:20 PM EDT
File Info
3.3 MB
2 min 25 sec
  • LABS

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