Hi Ian. First, welcome to the jungle
Yes, the responses are canned. I think there are two different ones, but I’m not sure about that, I only got hard-rejected once. But I’ve been doing this for a while and usually write for higher-end libraries or do commissioned work. That doesn’t mean at all my next tracks here won’t be hard-rejected, I guess it can happen to anyone at any time, and I’m certainly just starting out in this kind of market here. It’s a different kind of beast…
Missing watermarks, wrong file formats etc. usually would be a reason for a soft-reject, and you can upload again after fixing it.
Don’t be discouraged, you sure have a ton of talent and I don’t have any doubt you’ll get there in the blink of an eye. Fun fact: The one track of mine that got rejected here is my most successful one, by far. I published it under another pen-name, and it’s been used in trailers and big TV shows world-wide, made me a ton of money and gained over 250 million views on various YT channels. So, I’m glad it got rejected. I still have no idea why, we even recorded a real orchestra for it. It would be great to get some real feedback by the reviewers here, but sadly that isn’t the case. But in the end, after a while, it doesn’t matter anyway. Write, upload, forget, repeat.
Although there are some classical tracks here, this isn’t exactly the place for classical-style music.
Most of the customers here seem to search for other genres of music. Just have a look at the popular files section and you’ll see what I mean.
I think it’s a decent track and I really like it. You have very good virtual instruments and know how to use them. It’s a rich, natural sound.
Some constructive feedback (just my humble opinion of course): You could invest a little more time into automating the CC’s. You did do a lot, but you could do more (you always can, I know…). Some moments (1st violin) sound a little too harsh for this kind of piece. Really not much though. Some further EQ’ing or some more saturation might do the trick. Especially with high string sections, some tape saturation is always a great thing to soften out the high end without reducing the high frequencies too much. The cello slur around 00:12 could be much softer to my ears.
Regarding the composition (for a market like this): The piece is quite short, but very episodic. There’s a lot of development in a short amount of time, and it’s very dynamic, which won’t make it a good fit for many media productions. Which most likely is the main reason why it was rejected. That doesn’t mean at all that there aren’t projects that would greatly benefit from such a kind of piece. Certain kinds of scenes in a movie, documentaries, etc.
Mix and mastering are fine, I’ve heard way worse here.
Personally, I would license it to another marketplace more focused on classical music.
And really spend some time listening to the popular files sections in different genres here to get a grasp of what works for this kind of market.
Have a great weekend