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  1. "Had to bail my mother out of jail again" - I'm still laughing at that line.
  2. Sounds great. Very nice listen on a winding-down Friday afternoon. I like your studio videos and how the how you switched up the guitars in the middle.
  3. Very nice piece, I like it alot. Fantastic job. Technically: Well mixed and balanced. I also have and work with BBC SO Discover and can offer these tips: - Did you do your own panning (one part sounded like it was going left-right-left-right)? The way BBC SO is recorded, the instruments will already be panned in the stereo sample as to where they are in the orchestra, so you can leave the pan dead center for realism. - If you don't already know, most orchestral libraries have a built in lag and you'll need to back your MIDI notes up 10-20 ms to get them in time and won't be the same from library to library. Setup (in preferences) and Use Cakewalk's Nudge feature by selecting the clip and "Nudge Left". I didn't notice it in your piece, but it's something to be aware of. - I think perhaps the "notes pinching" that @Sabby Brown was hearing is inherent to the BBC library and you can't avoid. Most all the instruments seem to "ramp up" at the start of the sound, more so than other libraries I have (and makes it harder to figure out where to "nudge" to). What you can do, spectacularly in quicker passages, is layer the Long and Stac articulations and copy the MIDI to give the start of the notes more bite. You won't want to do this everywhere, just where you feel it's needed for more realism. - In passages where you have a combination of long and short notes, you can again layer the long and stac articulations by copying the MIDI clip, then removing the short notes from the long articulation and optionally removing the short notes from the long articulation (as in the previous tip). I learned this tip from Guy Mitchelmore on YouTube (lots of informative and fun videos) that can be applied to all DAWs. - For more realism, use dynamics (Mod wheel) to introduce natural swells, even if just slightly noticeable. If and/or when you get other orchestral libraries, this will change the timbre (multiple sampled layers) as the instrument get louder. When you coordinate this with other instruments, you can create overall dynamics as in a real orchestra. Selecting a clip and raising or lowering the modulation (or drawing new modulation, along with velocities for short articulations) helps with texture and makes the mix phase alot easier! - If you quantize, same rules apply as with other "human"-ish soft synths - quantize with a slight random variation (then nudge). Sorry, rambling on with tips not necessarily what I heard in your piece. Keep up the good work and please post more!
  4. Second in a space series inspired by @Kevin Perry's Aftermath of Colliding Neutron Stars post at the end of July. This piece was the original idea that sparked when I heard Kevin's tune. I'm planning a third in this series to bring them home, but haven't started it yet - I'm currently doing a major rebuild of my Orchestral template - 200+ tracks. Cosmic Explorer: The Voyage by Fred's Gratis Scores Shortly after Lift Off pads, strings, a piano and horns propel the piece through the galaxy. Tense vocals signal a problem that resolves with horns taking charge and push the piece forward until vocals bring it to it's destination. CC-BY (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) This piece is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution (CC-BY). You can download, use in your videos, and create directive works both commercially and non-commercially. Have fun! Download available. Stems available at: www.bandlab.com/freds_gratis_scores/the-voyage Instruments used in this piece: - Spitfire Audio Albion One - Spitfire Audio Originals Cinematic Percussion - SONiVOX Big Bang Orchestral Percussion - Native Instruments Noir - Soundiron Requiem Lite - Realitone Realivox Blue * Image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech Made with Cakewalk by BandLab
  5. Thanks for the listen and feedback. This is the first time I attempted to write music to tell a known story that people could relate to. I studied the recent Falcon 9 launch on YouTube to figure out what parts I needed and tried to create music to match that imagery. Fortunately, I have a good day job. I figure since I'm doing it for the pure enjoyment of creating music, it just seemed appropriate to share and license it for derivative works.
  6. Love the smooth synth textures. Reminds me of something Moby-ish. The only comment I would have is that there seemed to be a jump in volume at 3:02 that pulled me out of the groove for just a moment. Nice job!
  7. First in a space series inspired by @Kevin Perry's Aftermath of Colliding Neutron Stars post at the end of July. Cosmic Explorer: Lift Off by Fred's Gratis Scores Deep drums fuel the booster rockets when lift off commences, heavy and majestic horns lift the craft to the outer atmosphere where the main engine engages to pads, strings, and vocals propelling the the explorers to the stars. CC-BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) This piece is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution (CC-BY). You can download, listen, playlist, use in your videos, and create directive works both commercially and non-commercially. Have fun! Download available on SoundCloud. Stems available at: https://www.bandlab.com/freds_gratis_scores/lift-off Instruments used in this piece: - Spitfire Audio Albion One - Spitfire Audio BBC Discover - Spitfire Audio Originals Cinematic Percussion - Big Bang Cinematic Percussion - Native Instruments Noire - Soundiron Requiem Lite - Realivox Blue * Apollo countdown audio and Lift Off image courtesy NASA.
  8. Thanks. I'm going to chalk that hunger up to the most unique reaction ever! I'm only European by ancestry DNA test, I've lived in the US my entire life.
  9. I thought I would try my hand at an action underscore. I appreciate the feedback, it helps me improve. Foot Chase (Underscore) by Fred's Gratis Scores CC-BY (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) After a tense intro, the action kicks into high gear in this 125 BPM piece with lots of staccato strings, horns, hits, and big percussion. This piece is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution (CC-BY). You can download, listen, playlist, use in your videos, and create directive works both commercially and non-commercially. Have fun! High quality download on SoundCloud. Stems available at: www.bandlab.com/freds_gratis_scores/foot-chase-underscore-707ecc57 Brass, Percussion, Strings, SFX (hits), and Reverb stems Instruments used in this piece: - Audio Imperia Nucleus Lite Edition - Spitfire Audio BBC Orchestra Discover - Spitfire Audio Originals Cinematic Percussion - SONiVOX Big Bang Orchestral Percussion - ProjectSAM The Free Orchestra Release date: 31 July 2020
  10. I like this tune and where you're going with it. Rap usually isn't my thing, but listening to this I realized that it's the instrumentation that makes a difference for me (and why I have some Linkin Park on my playlists). I really like your instrumentation, the piano and synth come together with the beat to make a nice landscape to back the rap. I also like "field of vocals" in the chorus. The only thing I would recommend that others haven't already mentioned, is I would recommend using a little mod wheel on the synth in the outtro to bring it in a bit softer and swell up and back down a bit to give it a bit of an orchestra strings feel. It feels that may not be as harsh and fit a bit better with the rest of the song. Having said that, I realize that could be just my preference because orchestra has kinda been my thing lately. I'm interested to hear your final version!
  11. I'm hearing some Joe Satriani at 3:10. Great job, nice guitar work. The only thing I heard was the snare sounded a bit robotic when close together. I don't know if the drums were played or sequenced, but perhaps some variation in velocity and slight variation in timing (just ahead or behind the beat, but not enough to sound off) might help there if it was sequenced.
  12. Thanks! Blue is very recognizable, isn't she? I just recognized her in another BandLab artist songs. You may have already noticed that she has a sweet range that I try to stay in, otherwise she doesn't sound natural, a bit limiting in my opinion. I'd love to get Merethe Soltvedt, but that would require the purchase of the full version of Kontakt on top of the price of the library and I'm still on a budget (hence why I got Blue). I do think it's cool that Blue and sing faux words and phrases though.
  13. Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate your comment on the synth vox - the single vocal is Realitone's Blue and the choir is SoundIron's Requium Lite, both are modern sampled libraries. Perhaps I need to pay more attention to their presentation/EQ so they don't sound so synth-y. I'm almost certain I didn't quite have the vocal expression figured out yet in this piece, so the natural vocal swells most likely weren't right and that could have contributed as well. Actually, my biggest nit was too much hammer sound in the piano, and I couldn't EQ it out enough without totally destroying the piano. It's a fairly good free piano library, but that sound bugs me, enough that it motivated me to ditch it in favor of a purchased a piano library where I can control the [pedal, hammer, etc] sounds. Now I just use the free one for sketching. Anyway, I digress. Thanks for the comments everyone!
  14. Very awesome, your orchestral mix is good and the tune is interesting all the way through. What piano library did you use? What I do to embed the SoundCloud here is: 1. Go to the track on SoundCloud. 2. Click the "Share" button under the track. 3. Copy the URL. 4. Paste it here, and give it a few seconds. The forum software will recognize it and automatically create the player. 5. Add any other text under the player. Graphics note: The player will use the middle portion of the cover graphics in the player, so you'll want to place any text like song title or other important/branding graphics in about the middle third. I had to experiment and re-upload to find the right positioning. When I got the text where I wanted it, I saved the graphics as a template (I'm using Gimp to create my cover graphics).
  15. [Graphics fixed for embedding!] Sunrise by Fred's Gratis Scores A light piano starts this piece as it builds with strings, woodwinds and horns to an ending full of vocals. This piece is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution (CC-BY). Stems available at: www.bandlab.com/freds_gratis_scor…/sunrise-95ac3baf Instruments used in this piece: - Audio Imperia Nucleus Lite Edition - Spitfire Audio BBC Orchestra Discover - Realitone Realivox Blue - Bixonic Audio Keyzone Classic - SONiVOX Big Bang Orchestral Percussion
  16. Thanks for the response. I understand this is more of a Cakewalk forum so I was just taking a shot that someone might have known since BandLab is now coupled to it and I'd seen a few of the Songs forum with links there. Meanwhile I discovered that you can upload your own mastered track on top of the stems for the same revision, and that seems to be the best solution for the presentation I'm looking for. Problem solved.
  17. I like this allot. Well done!
  18. Hi All, When I release a song, I export my (main) busses as stems to BandLab so to help facilitate others creating derivative works. As part of this workflow, I do my mastering on the Master buss. I do not use BandLab's mastering as I'm not happy with the results for my soundtrack/orchestra genre and I need to do it anyway for release to other outlets (SoundCloud, YouTube, etc). When BandLab Assistant uploads my track, it appears that BandLab mixes all the busses together equally to create the audio that plays in the site. However, I would like to include the Master buss with my mastering so that it has the proper loudness and EQ for listening in BandLab, but I'm concerned it will just get mixed with the other busses and essentially "double", clip, or mis-represent the presentation of the piece. My question is this: Is the BandLab site smart enough to recognize there is a "Master" channel/buss and not mix in the others for presentation?
  19. Nice tune. Adding the clarinet is a nice touch and the accents on the strings give them realism. I also like the "fluttering" panning ostinato in the background. I can see this easily translating to a chamber strings ensemble or orchestra.
  20. I actually thought it was going to be a Billy Joel cover - but then the fun began! I'll second that forwarding to people I know.
  21. Thanks for the comments everyone, it's good to hear I'm on the right track (or buss - I hate when I get on the wrong bus). @garybrun, @Wookiee, @Douglas Kirby - thanks for the read on your monitors. I'm currently stuck with headphones mixes until we can get into a house and I can get my own room for my studio, so it's a constant battle with mix, check everywhere I can, rinse and repeat. @Amicus717 I recently learned the technique of pulling down both as a transitional and contrast element. I like using it (especially now since I have a decent library of cinematic percussion), so you'll start to hear it used more in my later pieces coming soon to a discussion topic near you. @noynekker - Pun taken and enjoyed!
  22. I really like this. The groove and the organic feel to the cello impossible to get from sampled libraries.
  23. May be short as you say.... but you packed allot of fun in those 58 seconds!
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