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Hymn of the Fayth (FFX)


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Hello everyone!

I'm new to this site and new to the whole remixing. I've been slowly trying to learn how to make songs with computer and this WIP song is one of the songs I've put together during the process. Since I'm new to this whole composing business, I'd like to get some hardcore feedback on what to improve. Positive feedback is also welcome if deserved.

It's the Hymn of the Fayth from Final Fantasy X. I got inspired by the melody and thought I'd make my own version of it, adding more instruments to it and stuff.

You can listen the song here:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5912277/raakile.mp3

Thank you in advance for your feedback!

-Daniel

PS. Link to the original song:

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I like the soundscape you've got going on here. It's usually pretty helpful if you post a YouTube link to the original source material. Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with the source so I don't know how much interpretation you have done. With some more polishing I can see this mix going somewhere. I'm not very good at production, but I can give you some advice on the musical elements.

I'd suggest you take the mix "to the next level" somewhere towards the middle. Add another section. You can probably stick with the same chord progression for now, but I think it could use some more instrumentation in this new section. More percussion. If you've got some good brass samples, use those. If not, don't bother. Bad samples will tear your submission to pieces in the judges panel.

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I edited the original source to the first post if you're interested :)

Thanks a lot from the advices! I agree with you on the "taking the mix to the next level". The song needs something to make it stronger and more dynamic. I'll try if my brass samples are worth using. How is the quality of my current samples in the song btw?

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I'm by no means an expert on production, sample quality, and the like, but I will say that the opening violin sounds hollow to me. It sounds like it is in the very back of the stage while the piano is right in from of the mic. Like I said, I'm not very good at production. The piano samples sound good to me, though. The concert bass drum has a decent sample as well. I would suggest lowering the drum's velocity, though. At least for this section. Good luck. Hopefully someone else can give you better advice about production.

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I agree with what J3 said, the violin sounds like it's coming from backstage, or through a radio.

After the intro, add another string section, or a full string section to play the theme, it would sound, in my opinion, strong and epic and would probably make me cry. I absolutely cried when I heard this again in the FFX ending.

Bass drum velocity could also get an overhaul. I think it would song great if it slowly hit harder each time. The overall song seems to be playing at the same energy level and needs that OMGWTF/attention grabbing part.

I would've done that, and then repeat except with different instruments. You don't have to do that but that's just what I'd do.

After all, it seems like you only have 3 or 4 instruments (something playing behind the piano? :???:)

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Thank you both! I agree that the song need a "OMGWTF" part as you said it :D I'll add more percussion to the song and try to play with the velocity and add some more instruments. I hope it'll work out ok :)

I'll make it my goal to make you cry when you hear the song finished ;D

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