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Omnis Evanescet in Nihilo

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Made this song for the NGUAC 2020 Knock-out Round.


Dedicated it to Logan Joanne Taal who has been born this year.


A long time ago Kel-chan asked me to make a battle theme for the series Nihilo. The series is on hold, but I had to make a song for the NGUAC so it might as well be this one.


The icon is made by Kel-chan.


This is the first time I've used my recently purchased CineSamples sound libraries. I've got most of their orchestral stuff and this song is made entirely out of their libraries.


Edit 16 September 2020: Made loads of subtle changes to the mix, to make it more transparent and pleasant to listen to.

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Great composition.

May I know the meaning of this Latin chants?

SourJovis responds:

Thanks. The title means "Everything vanishes into nothingness" (Or at least that's what it's supposed to mean. I used to have Latin in high school, but I was never very good at it). The lyrics in the song mean nothing unfortunately. I made the vocals in VOXOS 2, because you can create phrases with it, but when I began to write lyrics I soon found out I couldn't make any of the words I had in mind, with the limited number of syllables I could choose from. So I gave up and used whatever syllables sounded good musically. It's just gibberish that sounds like Latin.

-NGUAC Review-

I like the instrumentation, orchestration, and structure. The choir writing is well done for the most part. There are a few voicings I dislike, such as 1:19.

I gave you very high scores in composition, emotion, and creativity. You lost most points in production. I sense some mud in the mix from the percussion, and there's some harshness in the high end. The part at 1:34 is too loud and harsh, and it seems like the mix hit the limiter pretty hard. Some instruments, such as the woodwinds, sound too dry. Maybe this video can help with that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0axfEAU5vbg

With a better mix, I think you would have passed - maybe with one of the highest scores.

SourJovis responds:

Thank you for the review. Glad you liked the song. I'll see what I can do about the mix.

That's a good tutorial. I've watched many tutorials like that, and I've been using my reverb settings quite like that for some time now. For this song however I've used mostly the actual reverbs recorded within the samples, because I really like the ambience of the room the instruments are recorded in, and nothing sounds as realistic as real life reverb. The placing in the room was determined mostly by the person who recorded it, but you can adjust the volumes of each individual mic manually. I kept the placing in the room mostly the same as they were when they were recorded, but sometimes I switched the left and right output if I wanted to have an instrument on the opposite side and I've done some (mostly minor) panning myself. To enhance manual room placing adjustments, and as an artistic choice, I've added a bit of digital reverb for what they in your video refer to as "early reflections". I've used the TSAR-1 by Softube with very subtle "dark" settings. The woodwinds are placed behind the violas, but in front of the brass ensemble, so they have more early reflections than the strings, but less than the brass (also less than the double bases which are behind the celli).

:( This track is pretty nice, I really love the flow of it.

I was surprised that you didn't make it. Quite a few people I thought they were gonna make it this round but ended up not. :) I hope you can have better chance next year

SourJovis responds:

Thanks! You never know who makes it to the next round. I didn't expect to make it, but it would've been nice. Got an okay score though. Better luck next year yeah.

Good luck to you in the finals!

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4.25 / 5.00

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Aug 14, 2020
8:01 PM EDT
Genre
Cinematic
File Info
Loop
4.2 MB
1 min 52 sec
Software
  • Kontakt 6
  • Reason 11
Misc. Kit
  • Cineharps
  • CineStrings Core
  • CineBrass Core
  • CinePiano
  • CineWinds CORE
  • CinePerc
  • VOXOS Epic Choirs

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