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hi!
My name ist tobi weiss and i've been composing for almost 5 years now.
I primary enjoy creating hybrid orchestral music - so this sort of a composition was kinda new for me. really looking forward to some feedback! the track i'm talkin about is the first song you see in the top left corner of my showreel, "Requiem - Full Orchestral Score". 

have a great day everybody &

hi from germany, 

tobi weiss

http://filmandgamemusic.com/showreel/

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didn't think about this - if you don't want to use my website for listening, just use this direct soundcloud link: https://soundcloud.com/tobiaswmusic/tobi-weiss-requiem

Tobias,

You've got the chops but your mixing is a bit light weight.

For reference, have a listen to my friend Michael's tracks on soundcloud.

Feel the depth he gets without creating low end mud.

https://soundcloud.com/michaelvickerage

Regards

Ray

thanks! 
gonna put some more time in my mixing progress, 

rly enjoy his sound.

Ray Kemp said:

Tobias,

You've got the chops but your mixing is a bit light weight.

For reference, have a listen to my friend Michael's tracks on soundcloud.

Feel the depth he gets without creating low end mud.

https://soundcloud.com/michaelvickerage

Regards

Ray

Tobias,

Sorry, my last post was so short but I've been busy with other business outside of music production.

What audio monitor system do you use? 

In fact, let me ask what libraries and effects you use most?

I'm thinking your monitoring is bass heavy in that your final mix is bass light.

Your percussion needs to be in a bigger space but controlled by eq.

and, to repeat what I said in my first post, lots of referencing by listening to pro mixes in the genre you strive to compete in.

I'm sure you'll get there.

Tobi,

I too would be very interested to know what software/hardware you use to produce these sounds.

If you've only been composing for 5 years then please accept my hearty congratulations - this is very good stuff that held my interest throughout. I see from your website that you refer to 'epic film scores' and this for sure fits into that category....I've heard much worse than this in published film scores and would find your piece (with improved mixing) very satisfactory indeed.

Well done and keep writing.

Stephen

hey! 

thank you for the reply. 
mixing is actually a thing i really need to improve. actually i didn't do much things to my mix, most of the sounds are only "manipulated" in the vst itself, i only got a bit of plugins that kinda dye the sound. iÄm going to change that when i got my next piece finished for sure. 

it's mainly creating "space" for each instrument via eq, right? at least that's what i learned. i think it's a combination of sth like lazyness and the point that i didn't think i'd be able to improve my sound that much with some eq's. but after listening to those demos i'm hooked up. 

Do you guys got some general tips for starting my future mixes? that'd be great. 

the "requiem" piece was created with the east west hollywood series. my choirs are east west hollywood, too. for the other tracks i use a lot of heavyocity and 8dio, especcially for the hybrid sounds (aeon bundle etc). my strings used to be synphony series from NI, but since i purchased the composer cloud from east west i only use the hollywood strings.

when it comes to plugins i use the fab filter bundle, mainly for reverb and some compression - as i already said, i didn't really use this eq that much. 

i use an ultrasone s-logic pro 900 to monitor my sounds. i also got some yamaha hs-7, but i so to speak work in my bedroom, so the sound of the room isn't top notch. 

Have a great day, 

tobi 

edit: 
i thought about the question why i stopped doing a detailed mix of my songs. and i thing the main reason is that its so easy to get blindet/dazzled by the good sound of the vst's themselfs this days. i'm actually very excited about the fact that i am able to improve my sound that easy. well, kinda easy. sometimes it's amazing how close those answers to your problems are. 

really looking forward for some advices!
Stephen Lines said:

Tobi,

I too would be very interested to know what software/hardware you use to produce these sounds.

If you've only been composing for 5 years then please accept my hearty congratulations - this is very good stuff that held my interest throughout. I see from your website that you refer to 'epic film scores' and this for sure fits into that category....I've heard much worse than this in published film scores and would find your piece (with improved mixing) very satisfactory indeed.

Well done and keep writing.

Stephen

Tobias,

thanks for the info. Perhaps the closed headphones are giving a false sense of depth in the frequency range. The HS-7’s will give a more neutral output and have you increasing the low frequency instrument levels. The best way to counteract the room effect is by setting the speakers away from walls both behind them and to the side. Equilateral triangle with your listening position. This isn’t something you would necessarily do in an acoustically treated studio but in a bedroom it works quite well.

Even adjusting the positions by a few centimetres in various directions can make a big difference when mixing. Obviously this positioning work would be done while listening to reference material of your choice using pro recorded CDs etc.

Yes, your Hollywood orchestra and choir will sound good out of the box but they still need a bit of massaging to really shine.

You also can’t go wrong with the fabfilter plugins.

Let me say again, really the big issue is balancing the sound over the full frequency range. You need more oomf! :)

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