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  1. Thank you for the tip! I added time stamps for others. I am also grateful for your feedback. It really does mean a lot to me. I'm really happy you liked the percussion. Percussion is literally the bane of my existence and I struggle to really get the most out of it. I want to be comfortable making the sounds in my head be able to come through on the percussion side of things. I guess I'll need to learn more!
  2. This and the acoustic picked guitar are really great for guys like me who can't play and don't really write complex guitar parts. I've tried Evolution strawberry and another Evolution library on a friend's PC and I really couldn't do anything with it because the learning curve. But from what I could see, if you were willing to put in the work, you could definitely sequence something really nice as long as you touched it up. But for me, it would have taken too long and I would have to constantly borrow his equipment. Still, it is nice to fiddle with every now and then. But these two really
  3. I do use Kontakt almost exclusively except with Spitfire Labs and BBC. I actually don't know this feature though so I'll check it out. Like I said, just like you, I mostly learn on my own by doing, not having things sound the way I want them to, and figuring out how to make them sound that way lolol.
  4. I've been uhh, reluctant to really post my original music anywhere because I haven't been the most confident in my composition skills but I want to reach more people so I want to get better! And that means being more vulnerable haha. So, here it is Variation time stamps #1 0:00 #2 1:52 #3 3:06 #4 3:52 The track's title is Variations on a Theme by Anthoney. The story behind it being a friend of mine had a tune in his head. He would hum it from time to time but it never went anywhere. He hummed it to me and asked if I could do something with it. I had ideas
  5. Thank you for your comment! I just wanted to wait a bit to give them time but I might message one soon. As for the rest of the libraries used here, I think I stuck to two or three. The strings are definitely Spitfire Symphonic and the flute and oboe come from Nucleus. I believe the wind chimes and harp are from 8dio AGE but I'd have to check again because I have a few of those.
  6. For now, in concept I'm interested. I think even just a preview with a live guitar would be nice because I think composition wise, this is one of those that would stand out of the solos/playing is really outstanding. Otherwise, it is kind of straightforward and I'm not sure if it adds much new to the original and the inspired remix. Keep going though. I wanna see this evolve.
  7. Kind of late to the game but I actually primarily use notation with some insertion via keyboard and also midi editing as well. I came from using Finale for years but was unsatisfied with the sound I got. So primarily, when I'm in my DAW, I am using the sheet music notation as a guide. I personally do it in pro tools. It isn't the best afaik for...a lot of things but it is what I chose to get and as I've stuck with it, I've learned the ins and outs of what I can and cannot (or should not lol) do in the sheet music editor. Here is an example of a remaster I did most of in sheet music view.
  8. Well, first off, welcome to the world of music composition on PC! I am an amateur just like you and I've been learning a lot with self study so take what I say with a grain of salt. Since I learn on my own some of the things I do aren't the most intuitive ways or traditional but I think for your level, these will work wonders for at least your sound. If we take out the quality of your samples out of the equation, the first thing I'm sure you notice is your strings kinda stutter when they transition. Like kinda stop and go. If your instrument library doesn't detect legato (smooth transitio
  9. Thank you for the feedback. I added the source music to the main post. The piano is Spitfire's soft piano which is definitely in my top 10 vsts. It isn't very versatile but it's extremely effective at what it does. I also liked the way the woodwinds turned out here. Honestly I haven't been able to produce a track where they sound as nice yet. Maybe I should try and expand on their use on this track if this is too conservative a take? Edit: After some consideration I really like this take, even in it's conservativeness. But I'd like an evaluation to see if even then it still needs somethi
  10. I can tell you really put a lot of thought and effort into this. I guess it's just hard to get around the strings for me really. At the very least I think you could employ Spitfire Labs and BBC Symphony--both of which are free—and you could really take this closer to that Hollywood ideal you had. A lot of the other instruments are okay but I think even then, you could benefit from labs and BBC. I think if you revisit this ever, try and use the plethora of resources to make this more pleasant and modern. Again though, I really like the effort you put in otherwise. I think sometimes it can drone
  11. I like the approach as far as the harmonies and such are concerned. I think there are some really interesting sounds to work with there. I think there is some polishing to do with some of the instrument balacing ad mixing. At times it can feel a bit...empty? That could be the lack off verb on some things or possibly the insstruments you are using. I'm really a noob when it comes to these things myself. I'm leaning more toward the instruments (VSTs) than the mixing though. I think the song or rather, the notes and composition is big but the sound is surprisingly lean. Anyhow, I think its a
  12. Thank you for your feedback! I made a post replying to you earlier but I guess it didn't actually post? Huh, anyway, I've made progress on a new direction and I'll explain some of the progress below. https://drive.google.com/file/d/19WpDBraO7YyJT9-9VFuiPU_ZHFYapBUh/view?usp=drivesdk Here is the latest updated version. It says 6 minutes long but it's not haha. I just let pro tools go into the distance haha. The new stuff starts at about 1:49 and progress stops at about 2:50. Before then is basically what I had made before unchanged. I want to start very atmospheric and c
  13. Thank you very much for the feedback. I think I'm right there with you on the length and taking the track somewhere else. I kind of lacked inspiration once I got where it is now and felt the need to put a bow on it. Maybe I'll explore more of my electronic textures and fiddle with them to see if they give me more ideas! Thanks a lot! I really haven't dived into this type of sound yet but I've always liked it. I think I'll take some time to think on the original piece and see what I can do to add to it instead of more surrounding it with new layers. Also I'm glad to hear t
  14. I'm sorry! I fixed the original link and it should work now hopefully. Thank you for letting me know about it.
  15. Sorry for posting two tracks at once. I was hoping to get feedback on something I feel is more akin to the type of music I like to write as well. Still, I think for OC Remix this isn't liberal enough, but I think when I was looking at doing this, I didn't want to stray too far from the original, but add to it. Still, maybe there is something worth exploring that I haven't opened my mind to. With that being said, I think I'm ready for some honest feedback instead of being stuck in my head lol. Thank you for your time and I appreciate any help. As a side note, I'm also somewhat of a newbie
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