Question to Devs about the Music of Chivalry



  • Hello! I just wanted to ask some questions about Music of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare to the dev team, hopefully the will answer them :) !

    I compose music a lot, and my main goal is to compose music for games, so I just had some technical doubts about how you guys managed to do such marvelous music for your fantastic game! Mainly, I really like the sound, but I really doubt you have an orchestra :P , as you being an indie studio, but then, how did you record those instruments? I mean what keyboard, or which synth you used? And if possible, which software you used to record and arrange your compositions? I suppose you guys have your own studio to record music right?

    Sorry to make these annoying questions :P , but I just want to know how you guys managed to do it, so maybe in the future I can record music with the same quality.

    Thank you for reading! Hopefully someone of Torn Banner Studios will answer me :D !



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  • I’m not a dev but I as a musician myself, I might have an idea about the music. :D
    The instruments are not recorded, they are just virtual instruments. They just sound so real, because they have been sampled from real instruments.
    All the professional recording DAWs (digital audio workstation = recording software) like ProTools, Logic and Cubase have a number of these instruments, and third party plugins may also be used for even better sounds. Like the Miroslav Philharmonik orchestral plugin: http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/philharmonik/
    You can just use the instruments with a MIDI keyboard or just program them in the program.

    I hope my response helped you in some way. :D



  • I’ve dabbled with quite a few virtual instuments myself. I particularly like L.A. Scoring strings for string parts.

    But yes you can pretty much build your own virtual orchestra out of the many virtual instrument plugins available and you can potentially create some very convincing sounding compositions.

    I have my own set of ready-to-compose templates that took me quite some time to arrange, and mix but the overall sound is pretty good I think so long as the composition itself is ‘played’ realistically.

    Although it’s mainly a hobby (I actually work in 3d arch viz by profession) it would be pretty cool to have something real to compose for, I have like 2 random compositions mainly used for testing. :P

    Maybe I’ll compose some custom last-2-minutes-of-the-round music for Chivalry. :D



  • Thanks of the answers guys, don’t worry if you’re not devs, you really helped me a lot! I have both Cubebase and Adobe Audition, so any plugins/addons/etc. (I admit I never used such things) you recommend for those? And, you would have to control them with a MIDI Controller/keyboard controller right? I have a MicroKorg XL, I guess that will do?



  • You’re better equipped than I am! I actually don’t have a keyboard or expression controller. I do it all with mouse clicks. :D That’s not really the best way to do it, a keyboard, especially touch sensitive with expression controller wheels, is certainly the way to go for capturing human feel.

    Here are a few to check out.

    http://audiobro.com/ - LA scoring strings (strings)
    http://www.soundsonline.com/Classical-and-Orchestral (various orchestral packs)
    http://www.vir2.com/instruments/elite-orchestral-percussion (orchestral percussion)
    http://www.vsl.co.at/en/211/1343/1289.vsl (various orchestral packs- very dry recorded) http://cinesamples.com/products/cinebrass/ (brass)

    There are quite a lot more out there. I have personally used LA Scoring Strings, Symphonic Orchestra, Symphonic Choirs, Elite Orchestral Percussion and some brass from VSL. Haven’t tried CineBrass.

    They can be pretty pricy to buy. Some of them are individually dry recorded (in a treated room with zero reverb) so that you can add in your own reverb and panning. Others are recorded in a hall in their typical positions and have the natural panning and hall reverb that comes with doing that. Personal taste.



  • @ChizFreak:

    Thanks of the answers guys, don’t worry if you’re not devs, you really helped me a lot! I have both Cubebase and Adobe Audition, so any plugins/addons/etc. (I admit I never used such things) you recommend for those? And, you would have to control them with a MIDI Controller/keyboard controller right? I have a MicroKorg XL, I guess that will do?

    Yes, MicroKorg will do. :) All you need is a MIDI-cable to connect it to your computer. If you don’t have a MIDI input in your audio card or external audio interface, you can connect it with a MIDI to USB-cable.
    I personally use Reason, which has a very nice database of different sounds and instruments by default. :)



  • Sir Loin does all the music, as far as I know. I’ll send him this thread, I’m sure he appreciates the interest.



  • Im personally using MIDI keyboard 25SL MKII Novation ( quality / price = AWESOME )
    with Reason + Ableton Live.
    This way you can easly convince someone you got a full orchestra at your home :p but it takes time and work to make that kind of render.


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