"My, my...how the tables have turned, Step. Once you were reviewing me, but now THE POWER IS MINE!!!! MWAHAHAHA!!!"
You should have posted an NGADM-styled review with the headline and the decimal score at the end and everything, to really highlight the irony :3.
"...but in all seriousness, I have nothing at all to complain about, in either composition or mix. This is pro quality, well-thought-out work. It belongs in cinema. This could easily grace the soundtrack of pretty much any Celtic faerytale."
Damn, I'm honoured! Getting praise like this is very heartwarming and encouraging for me because I'm just a lowly amateur who merely dreams of getting his music in a high-budget film or game haha.
"My one complaint is actually the thing you seem most proud of, though: your lead flute!"
Hey, you said you have nothing to complain about! Haha I'm joking, complain all you want.
"Sorry, but it still sounds artificial when played on its own, as most wind instrument plugins do. You totally sell it like a boss, but without the band blurring the edges, you can tell that the flute lacks the imperfections and dynamics that make a flute real. I might suggest experimenting with some tremolo to get ya through, but that trick would only hide a few notes..."
You know, I think the best way to create realism isn't necessarily in the sound of each note, but the amount of articulations and grace notes used. My East/West Ra VST comes with a bunch of woodwinds that sound pretty good on their own, but it's when I break out the trills and the pitch altering and the other kinds of musical ornaments do I think "wow, this sounds real". Unfortunately, the version of the flutes VST I was using to make this had nothing of the sort (yet) since it was still under development.
I totally agree about vibrato though. It really helps in the longer notes. Funnily enough, the older version of this track had a piccolo from East/West which had TOO MUCH vibrato in the longer notes! But yeah, should've given that pitch vibrato. Pitches loooove vibrato.
Thanks a lot for dropping by mate. I'm really glad you like this.