I know those questions come around fairly often, but technology changes and so does the way real recordings sound. The question is: Which effects do I have to apply to create a convincing, contemporary film music-like sound with a sample-based production?
Those are the things I already discovered:
- The composition itself has to be musically valid.
- Choosing the right articulations is important.
- Panning left-right according to orchestra setup is also important.
- Dry-Wet-Ratio according to front-behind-position helps a lot.
BUT… despite using Vienna Symphonic Library samples and a SIR2 convolution reverb, I don’t get the SOUND. Particulary there’s a lack of bass. When I listen to soundtracks, there’s always a broad, powerful bass. And when I mix in some Omnisphere Bass Pad (without any changes apart from that), it literally blows me off. My VSL double-bass section however sounds like they’re hidden in the right corner having a snack.
This makes me wonder:
- Should I use limiter/compressor with symphonic mixes? Normally I wouldn’t, but maybe it adds the punch I’m looking for.
- What and how is EQ best applied? I’ve read that EQ-ing is sometimes a valid means to achieve a good sound. I’ve never used it with symphonic mixes, though.
Any advice is most welcome. Thanks in advance!
Equipment (most time):
- VSL Vienna Instruments, Vienna Ensemble, EWQL, Omnisphere
- Windows 8, Cubase 7.5
- SIR2 with included set of impulse reverbs