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Feedback please: Black Ops Theme Adaption
Old 23rd January 2015
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Feedback please: Black Ops Theme Adaption

I've only had my EastWest instruments running a week so it's not amazing. I'm temporarily using Mixcraft 7 as a DAW until I can afford Cubase. I've dabbled a little in composition before then, but the Mixcraft virtual instruments are lame. Basically, I'm really new at this, and the technical stuff is really bringing me down. I write piano music all the time, but I know very little about mixing/mastering, etc.

I made this a couple days ago, I've tried improving it since but keep getting stuck:

I know the mixing is poor at 0:28. Part of the problem is I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do there. 0:45 on is completely original, except the underlying guitar riff was based on something else in the game. I know it's pretty generic, but this is just for practice. It's hard to compose something great when I'm so new to the software. And if the timing is off, it's because I was playing everything by ear without quantizing as I did not know the tempo of the original piece to set the project tempo. I lined everything up with the drums.

Here's the real song for reference:

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, as I cannot hear this like a normal person anymore, it's been burned into my mind from repeated listening.

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