For those of you starting out or looking at improving your musical knowledge I've found this site http://audio.tutsplus.com/category/tutorials/composition/ to be really handy. It has tutorials that range from composing epic orchestral to overcoming your writers block or even into mixing/mastering. I've used it quite often lately and thought that I would share it for all of you that don't know its there!
I've had a google and a look around this forum lately for some good advice on mixing mastering but I can't seem to find what I need. At the moment I've found that all of my composing skills and samples are pretty decent but the one area I'm seriously lacking in is mixing and mastering. I don't have any audio files at the moment to show you guys but I would love it if you could help out with any decent articles or just your advice would be great! My mixes sound very jumbled and unclean and I'd like to make them cleaner and heaps more professional sounding as well as epic but I can't get it right...So anything you have to offer would be great
Thankyou everyone for the such detailed responses I really appreciate it
I agree completely and I'm starting to work on that.
I think I might work on having a 2 minute demo reel and also a 10 minute one and then the developer can listen to more if they want to. I agree that the retro cue wasn't as good and I've removed it for now... My focus is definitely dramatic/epic orchestral for now however I'm trying to branch out a bit. I'm happy that you got that impression because that was exactly what I was aiming at I'll work on presenting it more efficiently.
I'll be working on presenting the specific best parts of the tracks to make sure you don't skip into a not as good part.
Wolf's Bane - I only just noticed this myself. I actually didn't pan the samples at all that is how they were to begin with. With my speakers (i think) it sounded a bit more to the centre but when I went to listen with headphones it was overpowering and distracting.
Thankyou all so much for the feedback it really helped me out! Thanks!
The way I look at it Ollie is that there can't be the good without the bad. Everyone gets knocked back and we all go through it.
The best thing to do is keep your head up and know that the people who just knocked you back missed out on a great sound designer. Get back out there with twice the enthusiasm and I'm sure a job will land on your doorstep
If I normally feel like I'm getting frustrated with myself I take a break. For me forcing creativity never ever works so I just have a break for a few hours and I find that its come back to me. Once you start getting experienced it gets easier and easier to turn your "creative switch" on and I've found that just doing a little bit everyday no matter what helps with this.
I also wanted to quickly note, that making money with music is not easy, so you should be willing to create music for super cheap or even completely free, that is ofcourse if the developers are trustworthy to actually finish what they started.
I don't agree with this at all - sorry to say, but I think its pretty easy to make money. If you put yourself out there and if you are good enough you should almost surely get a project to work on. I know this from personal experience. Just look through the classifieds section and if you see a dev project that your music would suit you e-mail them even if they aren't requesting a composer. This is how I got my work and in 1 month I had 4 projects (when I had no previous experience).
Some topics I'd like to cover are: Acquiring freelance jobs/ Promoting yourself / Proper communication / Writing contracts Equipment and Software choices Mixing and Mastering tips (e.g. mastering for mobile devices) How to analyze and tackle different musical styles, with examples Applicable music theory
I for one would be very interested in this You could also perhaps do a breakdown on how you created one of your pieces? Just an idea
Consider changing the velocities of each note if you are using a DAW i.e. instead of 80, 80, 80, 80 try 85, 78, 81, 80 and it will sound more realistic most the time the first note which is on the beat is stronger
Fix up the panning on some of the instruments such as some of the strings. It will give you a fuller richer sound.
I hear a lot of build up in your music ... it's emotive which is a good thing and the chord progression works very well. I like it