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Stunning Cactus

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    Music, Composing, Metal, Psychology, Philosophy, Reading, Writing, Coca Cola, Chicken Parmesan, Magic, Video Games, Game Music, Anime/Manga

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    Colin Betts
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  • Software - Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
    FL Studio
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    Arrangement & Orchestration
    Drum Programming
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    Acoustic Guitar
    Electric Bass
    Electric Guitar: Lead
    Electric Guitar: Rhythm
    Saxophone: Alto
    Saxophone: Tenor
    Vocals: Male

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  1. You've got great ears, my friend. I am indeed using FL Studio and using Fruity Parametric EQ 2 in order to boost the bass and *probably* the drum kit, would have to check on that one. I will remove those and use something else, thank you for that tip! I had no idea why I was getting so much mud! Do you think if I reduced the velocities on the cymbals it would be better? Or just a different crash altogether? What do you feel about the rest of the kit? Should I find a lighter kit? Here's a sample library breakdown. Most of it is EastWest libraries. Drums - Addictive Drums 2 Strings - EastWest Hollywood Solo Strings and Symphonic Orchestra strings Bass Guitar - Steven Wilson's Ghostwriter (also from EastWest) Synth - Xpand!2 Piano - EastWest Symphonic Orchestra Platinum (Steinway Grand)
  2. Preparing my piece for resubmission, would really like to get some critical review before I do that, however. My main concerns are overall balance, reverb use, transitions and blending. Also, any ideas for a good ending would be appreciated! (I don't want to leave it how it ends but I'm having trouble coming up with a believable end). If you detect anything else of concern, please don't hesitate to make it known! All your help is appreciated
  3. I can't believe there are so few DK64 remixes. And now thanks to this mix, you have to be super vulnerable to try to submit a new one! This is just incredible. Beautiful orchestration, very true to the source material while having a keen eye for adventure aurally and in the literal sense. The instruments sound incredibly believable and the soundscape is just gorgeous. Very well done - makes me want to submit a DK64 remix myself!
  4. I really appreciate your feedback I'm glad to hear you thought it was believable! I actually had a friend also tell me the mix felt dry and could use some reverb. So I'd say you're definitely onto something, and I'd wager Geoffrey might say something similar (and something about the strings being ever so slightly too loud... haha). As for your recommendations regarding the snare, I agree! I may have originally had too much of the 250Hz range in there and scooped out a tad too much to the point where it's sort of dull. I'll see if I can fix that up. I will definitely be taking everything you said seriously, and I think you should give yourself more credit than you did, because you definitely have a good ear, my friend! I'll be addressing it all along with that which Geoffrey brings to the table for this next evaluation, then hopefully resubmitting! Cheers.
  5. First off - GREAT source music! I absolutely adore the Ace Attorney series and its music. I'm probably one of the last people you would want to take production advice from, and with that said, I really don't have much feedback for you except that I really like where this is going. I like the reverbs you chose or of which you had presets - they give a good, accurate space to your mix. I like the samples and how you chose to incorporate them. I like the writing structure of your piece, you definitely have a knack for variety and knowing when to add new elements/remove old ones. Can't wait to hear this one finished, man. It's awesome!
  6. Geoffrey Taucer- Thank you so much for your feedback! I've been hard at work implementing your suggestions and I'd like to give this review another go. Here is a download link to my latest version (3_6_2018): https://www.dropbox.com/s/o1kyr4j1hdi8c9m/Rainbow Resort ReMix 3_6_2018.wav?dl=0 I appreciate all you've done so far. Let me know if you think more changes are needed! Regards, Stunning Cactus
  7. I think I posted this as work in progress rather than ready for review when I posted it yesterday. I'm not sure if editing it brought it back to the top and I'm thinking perhaps people looked past it because of the tag, so consider this comment the one and only *bump*
  8. Hello there! Before I prepare to send in my "resubmit", I would like to seek some guidance from the folks here on the forums. I'll include a link to the judge's comments below this paragraph. The focus of the critique was the production side of things, as I had numerous issues with balance (EQ, volume, panning) that needed addressing. I'm happy to hear any ideas you all have about the composition itself and the instrument choices, but my main motivation for coming here is help with the production work - mixing, mastering, etc. Since reading their feedback, I've been hard at work reproducing my track to fix the issues they mentioned and a few of my own. I want to know what you guys think and if you have any other suggestions for improvement. Thanks for listening! 1. Here's a link to the current version of the track: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xb4td7ecvn93r6c/Rainbow Resort ReMix 2_22_2018.wav?dl=0 2. Here's the version of the track that the judges critiqued: EDIT: Link to the original source:
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