Time for another EP Retrospective! Let's do this.
What I did well on:
- I wanna say I did well on the diversity between each track. God Seek Me So is very much Mormon Tabernacle choir-esque. Captain is very hard and heavy with a very obvious beat. Ripper goes from romantic to dramatic very quickly. Last but not least The Great Wall. The great wall is all the previous things combined but with a very Asia heavy instrument section.
- Ethnic instruments. Those are so much fun to work with. I particularly enjoy working with the Mongolian horse hair instrument "Morin Khuur". The sound is so beautifully earthy. Along with the Chinese wind instrument the "Bawu". In contrast, this one is beautifully airy.
- Drums. I love big deep throaty drums. I will happily blame EDM for that. I am very proud of how in each case the drums came out. Very loud and overbearing. Love em.
What I can do better on:
- Mastering as always. For as much as I love this EP the bass management is off. Orchestras have such a massive dynamic range the sweet spot for mastering is very hard to find without messing with the EQ. I try my hardest to not mess with the EQ. I however also have a problem that I love heavy bass. Not because I'm a bass head but because I love to feel the music vibrate the room. So I really need to work on finding that sweet spot for bass management with orchestras.
- Dynamics. Again, orchestra dynamics are amazing....ly hard to control without it sounding overbearing, muddied, too clear, too fake the list can go on. So I definitely need to get more practice in with my ears.
- Reverb. Oh boy.. reverb. This one's tough. For those of you who don't know. Reverb adds a lot of space. Sometimes too much space to where the whole thing just drones on n on n on with what sounds like an infinite loop of echoey sounds. It can also cause muddiness. So I use reverb as little but as much as possible? If that makes sense. I want to keep it from drowning any of the finer details but I want enough so that it can add space to the music. So again, another sweet spot for orchestras.
What I should continue doing:
- Memorable moments. There are a lot of memorable moments in the music. At least to me there is. I can listen to it and listen to it and can't wait for my favorite part to come up. That is a memorable moment and I love every second it takes to get there.
- Melodies. I love my melodies, not to toot my own horn but...I think im very good at melodies maybe not ones that will get stuck in your head but definitely ones you can hum to or just feel in your body as it plays.
- As always. Learning. I learned a lot from this one. Holy crap orchestras are not easy. Which makes it fun >:). Dynamic, Melodic structure, instruments, adventure, story telling, mastering. All of it, so much fun.
Well, thats it. Thanks to everyone reading! I hope this shows a little insight into what the hell is going on when I make these things. I wish everyone a fantastic day and I will talk to you soon!