Ive been working on this song for... 3 months now? So here it finally is!
Lost tribe is a song utilising natural layered nature sounds, a realistic sounding flute and a gliding violin, and the usual trance elements which brings an epic production together.
I did something different in this track, a few things actually. First of all, you may notice from the file I am using NO sidechained compressors. To free up fx slots and so I had more control over the ducking curve, I used volume automation for every machine to act as ducking. This allowed the whole kick transient to be let through unaffected. This also resulted in a lot of extra headroom and loudness. Using the free fx slots I used some high shelfs to add sparkle to the leads and a highpass to one of my distorted basses, as well as some parametric eq to some sounds.
The mastering is very minimal!!! It may soubd LOUD and the waveform even looks massively squashed, but in reality most of the loudness was done in caustic itself. All I did in the mastering was a cut at 43 (lowest bass note is 43.65hz) a cut at 18khz, 2 comps, 2 mbcs all barely compressing the sound at all, applying gentle ratios, and then a saturator that doesnt trigger nearly as much as my other songs. Despite the minimal mastering, the track is squashed and loud. But it sounds alive and dynamic, while retaining the loud feel.
I tried to use glide to make some interesting articulations in the flute and violin I used, I think it worked out fairly well.