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Yeah it sounds pretty synthy, won’t lie to you. The drums don’t hit quite as hard as they should either.

CC1 and/or CC11 are your friends. THE most expressive library I’ve used has been Hollywood Strings. East West keeps cutting their prices so it’s more affordable than ever. Just get the Complete Composer Collection 3 (~1200, which is a freaking steal) and call it a day.

Best of luck to you.
Thanks Ryan. I recently bought Hollywood Strings, Hollywood Brass, and Hollywood Woodwinds. However, I have not had a proper opportunity to utilize them in my work. For the first two tracks in the examples I used primarily EWQL Orchestra Gold. I think my whole idea of whipping together a track in a few hours or less is no longer probable, if I want to increase my quality that is.

Haha, yeah a 2 minute long orchestral track usually takes me about 15-16 hours. I still use EWQLSO, but mostly just the percussion and harp.

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Yeah it sounds pretty synthy, won’t lie to you. The drums don’t hit quite as hard as they should either.

CC1 and/or CC11 are your friends. THE most expressive library I’ve used has been Hollywood Strings. East West keeps cutting their prices so it’s more affordable than ever. Just get the Complete Composer Collection 3 (~1200, which is a freaking steal) and call it a day.

Best of luck to you.

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The mix seemed muddy, and certain instruments that needed to stand out were pushed way too far back. There were also a few rhythmic problems (something at the beginning felt weird, I’m pretty sure it was intentional but it didn’t quite translate). It felt a little flat after a while; maybe have something coming through with a neat little obligato melody?

That said, I hardly think it’s worth of a hard reject. Soft, maybe, hard…I write for film for a living exclusively and even I think that’s a little rough.

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It blows my mind when people come in here with attitudes like this. I won’t say the first thing that comes to mind at the risk of looking like a jerk, so I’ll just say this: your stuff was rejected for very good reasons. It would behoove you to learn both music theory as well as standard mixing and mastering techniques if you want to start making money at this.

Much of it just comes down to active listening. Listen to the chord progressions and structures that your favorite composers or songwriters use. Listen for the common melodic tropes that you hear in successful commercial music. Listen for frequency balance, compression, and limiting. Then compare your stuff.

As for sample libraries, just buy Native Instrument’s Komplete Ultimate 10. It’s $1000 and will give you a majority of the tools that you will need to be competitive in this industry. And no, that is NOT alot of money. I have spent the equivalent of a college education in both sample libraries and the hardware required to run them. That deal from NI is practically theft, and you can’t expect to be competitive with free libraries and mixing and mastering plugins. If you’re serious about this, you spend serious money. That’s the reality of it.

Best of luck to you.

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Things have been holding steady for me…

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Wow nice feedback. I really like this community. I haven’t heard tempo issue, I will check it out. About repetitiveness, I’m not sure. Probably it’s not ok, but it’s what I want to show through this minimalistic approach. So, I will try to add more variation and add more reverb too. Of course I’m worried about flatness I must deal with it. BTW I’m using Lass for the strings. Again, thank you for the support and feedback!

LASS is ok. I own it, but after getting Hollywood Strings I mostly only use it to support legato lines that aren’t cutting through well enough, as well as for solo strings (which it excels at). LASS also does well in more modern productions where strings are accompanying a modern rhythm section, but it doesn’t sound anywhere near as “full” as HS and requires quite a bit of processing to tame the many undesirable frequencies Audiobro decided to leave in there. I realize they wanted an unprocessed sound so you could take it wherever you wanted to take it as the mixing engineer, but I still they could have been recorded better.

I realize everyone and their mother uses Hollywood Strings but there’s a reason for that…

Best of luck to you.

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The composition is somewhat repetitive (quite repetitive) and the orchestration too sparse and mechanical. It wasn’t very dynamic and felt very flat. There also appears to be a timing error around 0:35-0:40 and it did not sound intentional.

As for the mixing, the samples felt too dry. Perhaps a bit more reverb would be good. What strings were you using for this?

I’ll admit I’ve heard worse, but I can understand why it was rejected. Sorry if that seems harsh, but you asked for help, not affirmation.

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Ok, so I’m an orchestral guy primarily, but I found myself with a bit of free time and decided to get into synths a bit. About half the synths were programmed by me, while the other half are presets from various software synths.

I’m considering uploading this here, but I’m not sure how well it would sell. Thoughts or ideas to make it better? Be easy, this is my first EDM track lol (I don’t even know if this is EDM proper)...

https://soundcloud.com/auralaxiom/its-go-time
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I used to master the heck out of stuff (i.e. way too much processing). My longest mastering chain now consists of 6 effects at most. If you didn’t get it done right in the mix, you won’t get it done right in the mastering ;-)

I use mostly Universal Audio and Slate Digital mastering effects. The UA Pultec Pro is an incredible plugin.

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