Rejected cinematic trailer.. need advice please!

Hey guys, I recently uploaded a cinemetic trailer that got rejected because “the item does not meet the general commercial quality standard required to be accepted on AudioJungle”. Could I get some advice on how to improve the track so that it may be accepted in the future? Below I attached my sound cloud link. Any feedback would be appreciated!

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Hey, This is a great musical idea and a beautiful composition. I would root around these forums and look for help with improving your production / mixing and mastering quality. The clarity of the mix is quite poor and very muddy in places. Find a way to mix this so that you can clearly hear all of the separate instruments.
This can be really hard with Large orchestral compositions and I’m no master at it myself. I am still learning this too.

Best of luck with this and I hope this helps even if it’s hard to hear.

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Thanks for the feedback AseiAudio. I’ve never done this type of piece before (mainly edm and electronic stuff) so I will go back to the drawing board on mixing/mastering.

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Best of luck - glad to help

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I like the composition very much also, but honestly there is quite much wrong with mix/EQuing: both low and certain frequencies on high end are missing much. I’m absolutely sure that this wonderful piece can be fixed mostly by just EQuing it correcty (both instruments and master). Some volume scaling/compression especially on percussion should be done too. Personally I would also check panning/stereo image also, but that may be a bit more matter of taste. To my hearing many things are quite hard panned.
Keep up the good work!

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Thanks for your thoughts SamiVuorensola. Your right, I did pan alot of instruments because I thought that’s how an orchestra was mixed but I will go try to play around with some changes. Especially eq and compression

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In terms of mixing/mastering as already pointed out would be the main reason for rejection. That being said it does seem to be somewhat subjective ie depends who is reviewing your track.

For a trailer track, I would change the structure around a bit, at 1:17 everything comes in at once rather than slowly building tension and the climax at the end is a bit weak. Trailer music is pretty hard on Audiojungle I think as there a lot of really high-quality trailer tracks on here that get very few sales.

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Abandon87 I listened to the track again and I would agree the climax does sound weaker than I originally thought. I’ve been trying to find a better choir than what I have. Thank you for your feedback about the tension building. I will go back and tweak the sound so the tension builds better.

Oceania and Storm Choir are popular with trailer composers, but mostly choir is just used for the climax (if at all) and isn’t really essential. Most of the time when tracks are licensed to Hollywood trailers, they actually leave out the choir from the original tracks if it’s used as it can get in the way of dialogue. I would more focus on things like SFX, drums, hits, synths, brass etc to make it sound bigger.

It sounds really harsh, narrow, messy and the louder part sounds too much compressed and distorted. This louder part is very rough on the ears even at low volume. It sounds like if you had recorded an orchestra live with a phone sitting near. You need more low and hi end. Each instru/group needs a place to peak a bit more than they others in the spectrum to get a transparent, powerful and intelligible mix (more sub for power for your toms, double basses warmer in bass, french horns peaking more around 300-500 hz by exemple etc…). It’s a good idea to start equing your instruments from the more bassy one to the brighter one to avoid ending with a tiny mix with not enough low end. It’s too easy too cut too much low end on everything and not realizing it if you don’t have your warm bass and sub energy drums already eq. Depending of the context you need to decide which, double basses or toms/bass drum will sit more in the sub bass and which one above in the bass. Use a pro reference mix and a spectrum analyzer to compare and train your ears. Do you have good studio monitors?

The composition and arrangement are pretty great!

I hope it helps! :slight_smile: