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Posted on Wed, Sep 05 2018 08:09
by Francesco Pirrone
Joined on Tue, Sep 30 2014, Posts 239

Hello VSL Community,

I have been to a game jam last weekend and did the music for a short videogame, all the orchestral stuff is obviously VSL and although the game is very small, music plays a huge part in it as there's 5 carachters with different endings hence different themes.

You can play the game here if you wish or simply listen to the soundtrack here.

Looking forward to hearing your feedback.

Regards

Francesco

Composer and Score Mixer -> www.francescopirrone.com
Posted on Wed, Sep 05 2018 14:52
by Jos Wylin
Joined on Mon, Dec 03 2012, Belgium, Posts 630

Hi Francesco,

Quite an interesting project. Most of the game music I know (and that isn't much) have these boom-boom tunes. Your music has a lot of diversity. Glad to hear that the majority of the themes sounds pretty classic. The accountant and the beggar have some pleasant bass rifs (even contrasted with an orchestral part in between).

Well done!

Jos

http://www.joswyl.be
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Posted on Wed, Sep 05 2018 17:15
by Francesco Pirrone
Joined on Tue, Sep 30 2014, Posts 239

Hello Jos,

thank you very much for your positive comment, I am glad you enjoyed it! 

Francesco

Composer and Score Mixer -> www.francescopirrone.com
Posted on Thu, Sep 06 2018 18:38
by crusoe
Joined on Sat, Dec 26 2009, Posts 141

Hi Franchesco,

Every tune is just a single idea, essentially, which you use to enhance the game's characters. That works sufficiently well, I think. I liked the non-orchestral pieces over the orchetral ones, probably because that bass in "Beggar" and "Accountant" is a recording, is it? If not, how did you implement it? I believe it's played live, and I noticed that because everything else is a bit too perfect. Please correct me if I'm wroing. 

And another question about the kick drum in "Beggar". Somehow it sounds strange to me, even though I can't pinpoint what it is. Maybe it's the multiband compressor. What effects did you use on it? If you don't mind me asking.

Cheers,

Crusoe.

Posted on Thu, Sep 06 2018 20:58
by Francesco Pirrone
Joined on Tue, Sep 30 2014, Posts 239

Hello Crusoe,

thanks for your comment! I am glad to hear that the differnt themes work. 

I don't mind you asking at all, it's a pleasure, nevertheless I hope that you won't be disappointed about the answers:

- bass guitar, that's NI Scarbee Rickenbacker, highly playable VST instrument

- drums are definitely too perfect, I come from years and years of power-metal, hence drums are never "too timed" or "too tight" for me,  they do sound weird, that's mainly because I don't have a dedicated VST-i for drums at the moment, they are mainly from NI Damage, which is a cinematic percussion VST-i with some studio drumkit samples included as well.......it doesn't feature any separate Room and Overhead channel and it hasn't got any built in mixers, I have to find ways around this issue but I like the samples. I only dislike its featured Ride Cymbal and Kick, therefore I get those from one of my Steinberg Acoustic Agent SE kits......maybe the strange Kick sound comes from that? 

- all I used for the Beggar and the Accountant is a mix bus compressor, there's no compression on the drum bus and little on individual drums, I have used two limiters in the mastering chain, each one doing a few dbs of gain reduction, but no multiband at all.....

Thanks again, regards

Francesco

Composer and Score Mixer -> www.francescopirrone.com
Posted on Fri, Sep 07 2018 11:30
by crusoe
Joined on Sat, Dec 26 2009, Posts 141

Thanks for the detailed reply! I have to check out that bass VST, it really is very convincing. The explanation of the drum sound is also completely clear, as I work with sampled drums myself. And... quite often being wrong is satisfying rather than disappointing. Which is the case here.

Thanks again,

Crusoe.

Posted on Fri, Sep 07 2018 20:10
by Francesco Pirrone
Joined on Tue, Sep 30 2014, Posts 239

Thank you for checking that out!  No worries at all. I hope you will enjoy that bass library, it is really cheap as well. I know it's not fair to talk other companies in here but Vienna doesn't do rock bass guitars at the moment then hopefully I can get away with it for once. XD

All the best

Francesco

Composer and Score Mixer -> www.francescopirrone.com
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