Swashbuckling orchestral fanfare

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Member Since: Jan 09, 2009

Hi there,

I spend a lot of time on that one here, writing let alone recording (via Cubase and EWQLSO). What do you think of it? I am especially concerned with the mixing.


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Since: Dec 04, 2007

Mar 17, 2014 11:56 pm

I'd say it's not bad. I need to hear it on my monitors, but it sounds pretty decent on my shure srh440 headphones.

My only real niggles are trumpets could be panned closer to center, and trombones a little more to the right. Trombones sound a little thin to me, but that could be mostly due to the attack. The tone itself is okay. The contrabass/celli could be slightly less far to the right.
Brass could probably be slightly louder to give the feeling a little more accentuation when they come in.

Otherwise, positioning and balance wise,I think it's pretty good. If it sounds good, and the positioning of the instruments sounds good, then it is probably good.

IMO, it does sound like a mockup, and not unlike the mock orchestra from the old "Reboot" 3D animated series. Something I try to do with mock orchestrations, is to mix a little bit of a solo instrument into the sections to give it a little more depth and detail at least for the more critical elements of the piece anyway.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Mar 18, 2014 07:42 pm

wow, to my rock n roll ears, that sounds pretty epic!

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Since: Mar 20, 2009

Mar 19, 2014 12:48 pm

Sounds pretty awesome to me.... How much do I need to pay you to create an intro for my bands up-and-coming album? Something really DARK? Maybe along the lines of 1.5 minutes or so? Seriously! Credits and all in the liner notes! Hehehe.


Since: Dec 04, 2007

Mar 20, 2014 03:20 am

Well, my work is not nearly as complex, (plus I haven't scored it) er....*cough* I'll just leave this here.


I created it for some friends of mine who needed some inspiration.

Since: Jan 09, 2009

Apr 27, 2014 09:31 am

Thanks for your comments, I really appreciate that! :-) @J-bot: Those were very fine tipps concerning the mix, thanks a lot! I will work on that, easpecially on mixing solo instruments into each sections.
Due to the fact that I'm still not satisfied with the software synthesized recording of my Swashbuckler's Fanare I transcriped it for solo piano. It took me a vast amount of time to practise this little bastard, let alone to record it without major flaws and of course... right before the end the right hand stumbles dangerously, almost crushing the whole take, the 17th take by the way :P

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