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The title seems to set you up for something with a more electronic bent to it. In fact, there are some buried electronic elements in it but they aren't as overt. 

A theme based medieval/celtic direction was my goal. Comments welcome!

 

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Nice!
Great reverb and panning.
To me (just my opinion) the flute/whistle can be a little ear piercing..  is there compression on it?
 

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That's a cool composition Starise - I enjoyed the listen and I thought the mix was excellent. Those virtual voices worked quite well.

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Nicely done Star!
Gary might be right, about the 2:35-2:40ish mark there is some high stuff that might be just a bit "hot".
Certainly didn't leave me bleeding, but you might look at it, maybe a high shelf to tame it just a little.

t

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Oh I like this - haunting.  I can just imagine myself sitting on the misty marshes listening to this!

Very nice job indeed.

I can hear the high register   stuff around 2.35 that tom mentions, but  on the monitors i was listening to it on, i cant say it really bothered me too much, although i could see this being more intrusive on different/better set ups than mine.

Cheers

Nigel

 

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Hi Gary- Thank you for this suggestion. As soon as I can get the time I will revisit it. Ironically after going through three different flute sounds I ended up with this.  What is ironic is that it is one of the least expensive flutes I own and it won against single libraries costing a lot more. It's a flute I have never used in the software version of Korg M-1.  Thanks for your help !

Douglas- Thanks for listening!

Deering Amps, Is it Tom?  This further confirms I should look at the flute. Appreciate you giving the locations. I don't think I added compression on the flute. Maybe some light EQ or compression will help.

Nigel- Thanks! Never been to SA. Would love to visit some time to see those marshes. Thanks for further comments on mix. My monitors are just "ok" I have grown to like them though. I'll try listening through some other systems and maybe I can pin it down. I hate to admit that many others probably have better hearing than I do. Cheers!

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Tim
Beautiful. Love that Celtic flavor. I didn't think the flutes were piercing at 2:30, maybe just a tad too loud.
Like you mentioned with the virtual Korg M1, I use the Kontakt Factory sounds often because I find them better than some of the high priced instruments I've bought.

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Enjoyed the tune. Listening on laptop so its hard to tell but could the harshness others are talking about sounds more of an issue with the keys part & freq. buildup with the flute.

I'd try eq'ing those shared range freqs., sometimes a simple one band de-esser can work wonders too.

Again, I'm on laptop so take it with a grain of salt!

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@Starise, that is quit pleasant Tim, I agree that there is some harshness but I think it is in the slightly more percussive piccolo? type wind instrument than the underlying flute towards the end of the tune other than that is is a very pleasant and relaxing tune. :) 

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Evocative and atmospheric, I like it a lot.

One thing that might add an extra dimension, especially to the second half of the piece, is a deeper percussion instrument showing up. Maybe a nice deep, thrumming tympanum that hits maybe once a bar on the downbeat - or some variation of that.  Might just give it a bit of a tribal/ritual feel, which is also really appropriate for the whole Celtic vibe (to my ears, anyway). 

Love the use of voices in this one -- I often use them the say way, and it works really well here. 

Rob

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Tim, this is a beautiful, haunting melody that speaks to me!  I listened at low volume, so the mix sounded pretty well balanced to me.  I applaud your prolific songwriting these days.  It's not easy to keep up.

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