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This is my submission for the Knock-Out round in this year's NGUAC. It somehow took a turn towards rock, but I think it really sells the feeling of flying at high speeds. I hope you like it! :)

Feedback is very much appreciated!

As requested in the announcement thread, here's some evidence, that it is a 100% original track:

Software / Plugins used:

  • FL Studio 20 (DAW)
  • Kontakt 6 (Host for orchestral libraries)
  • iZotope Ozone 8 (Mixing / Mastering)
  • SPAN (Mixing)
  • OTT (Mixing)

Kontakt Libraries / VST's used:

  • Cinematic Strings 2 (Violins, Violas, Cellos and Double Basses)
  • Metropolis Ark 1 (Low Strings, French Horns, Trumpets, Cimbassi, Bass Trombones, Male Choir, Female Choir, E-Guitar, Bass Guitar)
  • Cinewinds Core (Flute, Clarinets, Bassoons, Oboe, Piccolo)
  • Rhapsody Orchestral Percussion (Tubular Bells, Shakers, Glockenspiel)
  • Berlin Orchestra Inspire (Cymbals)
  • Hans Zimmer Percussion (Timpani)
  • Heavyocity Damage (Organic Percussion, Cymbal rolls)
  • MT-Power Drum Kit 2 (Drums)

If needed, I could provide a midi export, the project file, and / or various screenshots.

Amazing artwork: https://www.deviantart.com/fellfallow/art/Up-in-the-Mountains-2019-799140360

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You seem to be a quite good opponent in terms of cinematic music!
Fantastic piece even though it's a bit short, haha.

There are only a few minor things for criticism, which would be the following:

- The flutes and especially the piccolo deserve more power, it's hard to hear them. The piccolo could be played one octave higher, since it's what the instrument is made for - to play the highest notes in the orchestra. :P
- The drum set sounds a bit off-mix - basically too dry. The orchestra itself sounds like played in a concert hall, which is very good. The drum kit however sounds like it was played separately and added afterwards. It sounds a bit too central and needs a bit of the hall effect to sound like it was part of the entire mix.

Can't wait to see what you have composed for the finals. Good luck. :)

KevinMueller responds:

Haha, thanks for the kind words. :)
You're definitely right about the drums! I'll try to consider your tips for the next time I include them in my music.

I can't wait to hear your composition for the finals as well! May the best piece win. :)

This is fire.

KevinMueller responds:

Thanks :)

This may be one of the best genres I've ever heard. Mostly cinematic with rock elements. Definitely a winning song if I heard one

KevinMueller responds:

Thanks a lot!
I've never used guitars in any of my tracks before, so I'm really glad you enjoyed it. :)

Credits & Info

4.64 / 5.00

Aug 21, 2020
2:20 PM EDT
File Info
7.1 MB
3 min 6 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.