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Monarch of Discovery
  3rd/19   Σ28.591   Sep 7th 2015 8:59am

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~ King of the Frozen Tundra (Part 3) ~

A thousand years after the old king was long forgotten to the ashes of history, a new race of people discover his long lost tomb - only to find out that a massive monolith made in his tribute keeps all who enter away from his treasure.

This is possibly the most self-indulgent thing I could write. I decided to give an old original of mine some new life by recycling the only good part from it, while taking inspiration some from my favourite bands. See if you can catch the small reference in there!

Electric Guitar: Jackson JS32T Rhoads (D Drop C tuning)
Bass Guitar: ZomBass 4 for Kontakt
Drum Kit: Superior Drummer 2 w/ Made of Metal EZX
String Quartet: Kontakt Factory Library
Effects: Guitar Rig 5, TSE BOD, TSE X50, FerrickFDS, Fruity Plugin Pack, ValhallaRoom, ValhallaVintageVerb, Waves SSLComp
Mastering: Fruity Parametric EQ2, TDR Kotelnikov, Waves L1, Fruity Limiter
DAW: FL Studio 12
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Baron Knoxburry - unknown monks
Level 22 Mixist
post #59852 :: 2015.09.07 9:00am
  Zillah, mootbooxle, Baron Knoxburry, mk7, mega9man, bazz, MrGamer, Harumi, Sinc-X, pedipanol, cce, Savestate and THrexx liēkd this
Some notes on my entry regarding the mixing;

While I used Superior Drummer for drum programming, I used the Made of Metal expansion for EZDrummer 2 as the Superior Drummer software is compatible with EZX and EZX2 kits. I used the X-Drums feature to layer the Avatar kit's NirZ snare in with the Ludwig Black Beauty snare from Made of Metal. In addition to this, I used a Layer in FL Studio to combine Alesis D4 samples (Kick007 and Snare015) and some custom samples with the whole kit.

For guitar tones I mostly used Guitar Rig, but I also used the TSE X50. There are a good few channels going on here:
- Rhythm - based off Colin Richardson's notes for his work with Bullet for my Valentine [TSE X50]
- Harmonised "Leads" (left and right) - same as Rhythm [TSE X50]
- "Fusion Lead", a toned down lead guitar tone [GR5]
- Clean Guitar 1 - more aimed to sound like Dream Theatre [GR5]
- A splitter going to both the Fusion Lead and Clean Guitar 1, you hear this being used more than each channel used in solo
- "Stern Lead 1", literally, the preset in GR5 called Stern Lead 1, used for the calmer atmospheric section [GR5]
- Clean Guitar 2 - sounds more like Periphery in comparison [GR5]

All guitar channels then go to a Guitar buss channel, where they are all EQed together with Colin Richardson's guitar EQ notes (again from his work with Bullet for my Valentine), then they go into a mildly saturated FerrickFDS, where they are EQed again to take the harshness out. This goes to the master and a reverb send with ValhallaRoom on it. It's set up to emulate an isolation room, far away from the sound source. I also flipped the stereo on this channel, to emulate the "Vortex" technique used on Judas Priest's Painkiller album.

General EQ and compression were done with the Fruity Parametric EQ2 and the Waves SSLComp for the mix - there is also the Waves L1 on the master before going into a brickwall limiter. Reverb was used tastefully over the mix, with gated reverb on the snare and toms, as well as a long plate reverb on the snare during the halftime sections.

I think that's everything notable about the mixing process - anything else was simple volume automation and the like.
Level 25 Chipist
post #59853 :: 2015.09.07 9:25am
  NARFNra, THrexx, MrGamer, DalekSam and Sinc-X liēkd this
This is amazing º¬º
Level 24 Chipist
post #59854 :: 2015.09.07 9:28am
  digitalpcock, THrexx, NARFNra, MrGamer, Razerek, DalekSam and Sinc-X liēkd this
holy fucking shit
Level 24 Mixist
post #59855 :: 2015.09.07 9:29am
  MrGamer, DalekSam and Sinc-X liēkd this
Great stuff. Those arpeggios at 4:06 are totally hilarious!
Level 24 Chipist
post #59860 :: 2015.09.07 12:30pm :: edit 2015.09.07 12:33pm
  fiv95, MrGamer, Sinc-X and DalekSam liēkd this
Wow! This is really fking good!!!
conclusion: 1st overall
Level 16 Chipist
post #59870 :: 2015.09.07 3:41pm
  digitalpcock, Baron Knoxburry and DalekSam liēkd this
Is this better than mine? No really?

Back in reality, I will give this an orgasmic 7. And no, I will not tag this as orgasmic, I will leave that to the next one in here.
Level 11 Mixist
post #59884 :: 2015.09.08 5:09am
  m9m, MrGamer and DalekSam liēkd this
This is really good.

Like, really good.

And I don't understand any of that mixing stuff but I'm guessing it's good since this is good.
Level 23 Mixist
post #59887 :: 2015.09.08 8:57am
  DalekSam liēkd this
Level 26 Mixist
post #59978 :: 2015.09.11 7:15am
  DalekSam liēkd this
Wow, here goes the winner, I guess.
Level 20 OHCist
post #59981 :: 2015.09.11 1:33pm
  DalekSam liēkd this
Ooooooooh. Looks like this is gonna be p hard to compete with. Oh well, congrats on being so good! You deserve the best of luck here ^^
Level 14 Chipist
post #60018 :: 2015.09.12 4:53pm
  DalekSam liēkd this
This is outstanding! And thanks for all the insight on the composing and mixing process. You're obviously an expert in hard rock and metal. I don't think many ppl can compete with you. I might make an entry just to try something new, cuz I never tried this style, it can be fun!
Level 22 Mixist
post #60026 :: 2015.09.13 4:55am :: edit 2015.09.13 4:55am
  digitalpcock, mk7, uctumi and Zillah liēkd this
By all means, please enter! I love hearing people make music in a style I'm extremely passionate for. :)

I never wanted to scare anyone off - I'm no professional, I just want to make the music I love.
Level 10 Chipist
post #60047 :: 2015.09.14 6:49pm
  DalekSam liēkd this
extremely neato song
Level 28 Chipist
post #60095 :: 2015.09.18 10:07am :: edit 2015.09.23 10:43pm
  DalekSam liēkd this
Hot damn, that's good.
Like, it's good enough to be in the Guilty Gear soundtrack.
Level 10 Mixist
post #60154 :: 2015.09.24 2:35pm
  DalekSam liēkd this
killed it!
Level 11 Chipist
post #60243 :: 2015.09.27 6:43pm
  DalekSam liēkd this
all 7's btw
Level 30 Mixist
post #60253 :: 2015.09.27 11:30pm
  DalekSam liēkd this
This is really fantastic, man.
Level 8 Mixist
post #60375 :: 2015.10.04 11:32am
  m9m, drdevil, digitalpcock and THrexx hæitd this
it's technically amazing but it's not groundbreaking or innovative in any way
Level 11 Mixist
post #60378 :: 2015.10.04 12:02pm
  digitalpcock liēkd this
Yes, because entering a metal-themed song into a metal-themed compo is something to be criticized.

Nice oxymoron.

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