I recently worked on my new track 'Awakening' which was modeled off of 'Star Sky' by Two Steps From Hell. I had to use spaces in the links to post them because it wasn't letting me. Just remove the spaces when copying and pasting the links into your browser please. If the links don't work, to listen to mine, type into your browser 'Daniel Cann Awakening', and to listen to theirs, type in 'Two Steps From Hell Star Sky'
Here's star sky:
Here's my piece:
As you can tell, mine is terrible compared to theirs.
If you go to 4:10 in star sky, that's an example of what I wanted. 3:32 in Awakening was what I got.
Mine feels incredibly dry, bad, muddy, and most of all it's missing life and personality. I have ideas of where the problems are that stops me from making my pieces good but I'd like some alternative inputs.
Are the errors I'm making in my mix and master, my orchestration, my sound quality? Where are they? I get good comments on my video but I know that my music isn't as good as a professional's, and that's what I need to work towards, and I can't do that unless people criticise me.
To be honest I think the errors are everywhere. I poorly orchestrate my music for a start, and I think that's definitely part of the issue.
I do acknowledge that Two Steps From Hell are the professionals of the professionals, and have professional mixing and mastering and record all of their music with live instruments, alas, I still want to be able to get a sound like them.
In short, my music feels dead and their music feels alive. There's no other way to put it.
How can I bring my music to life? Please note I've made this with sample libraries, not live recordings.
I hope you can help to me. I will try and use all criticism to improve. I've achieved my ABRSM Grade 7 on the piano a couple of years ago (I don't do grades anymore though) so that leads me to think that my problems are more in the technical side of things than compositional. But then again, I think I'm orchestrating wrong too.