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Date
11/27/2010
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2.5 MB
1 min 7 sec
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4.29 / 5.00

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NOTE: If there are any people who don't like salsa/Latin music as much and prefer more powerful songs, then check out a collab I did with GronmonSE. It came out very well! :)
http://www.newgrounds.com /audio/listen/380906

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My dad's birthday is this Wednesday, 1st December, so I thought that I'll put my hobby of making music to some good use and make him a song. He's in to salsa, so here's my attempt at a salsa-like song. I know it's not exactly a salsa song, but it's as close as I can get it to be. This is ENTIRELY out of my style of music, so it might not be so good for a first attempt at this genre, but I'm pretty happy with it, not to mention that it was a blast to make.

This uses a lot of Kontakt 4 instruments. I used a classical guitar, an acoustic guitar, and a bass guitar - all free samples which you can get from here: http://www.pettinhouse.co m/html/download.html, providing that you have Kontakt, which isn't free I'm afraid. In any case, the guitar samples are absolutely superb for free samples, and they're what inspired me to make the song. This uses Stormdrum as well, which I used for that 'boom' sound at the beginning and in other parts of the song, and I also used Stormdrum for the reverse cymbal, the cymbal crash, and some subtle congas in the background. This uses East/West Symphonic Orchestra Silver for all of the brass, subtle cello staccatos and the piano as well. Cinematic Strings Violins was used for the violin, naturally. And uh... oh yeah, the drums are a drum kit loaded in Kontakt 4 which nathanallenpinard shared, along with a few random drum samples for the open hat, tambourines and maracas.

Phew. Basically I'm showing off my best VST's xP. This took me around 3 hours to make, and my biggest challenge was the instrumentation. I had no good sax samples, so I had to use East/West trumpets and trombones, EQing them to make them sound like a sax as much as possible. It was pretty hard getting the right sounds for the melodies and counter-melodies I had in mind. There are quite a few different things going on at the same time in this song, so I hope it didn't end up too cluttered. And sorry for the generic melodies, like I said I'm completely new to the genre so it wasn't easy to make the composition. Well, that's about it. Enjoy, and if you have any criticism, please tell me before Wednesday, which is my dad's birthday.

EDIT: Haha, wow! Got my first Top 5. I definitely wouldn't have done it without all the people who favourited me, so thanks a lot to them!

Reviews


plasticmanticorplasticmanticor

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars December 1, 2010

Impressive

I'm a bit of a sucker for jazz, and overall, I really enjoyed this song. I loved the melody, and the overall feel of the song.

My main criticism for this is that you seem to be stuck in a 'dramatic-epic song' mindset, and I always had the impression of latin music to be more upbeat and exciting as opposed to the darker, smoother sound found in this song. Maybe you had intended it that way, but it just seemed overly deviating from the genre.

Obviously, if it was intended this way, (i.e. another dramatic-epic song, just that this time it has Latin influences) then you can ignore the rest of this review because they are just my ideas of what a Latin song should sound like.

1) More brass. The fade is nice, but have it come in louder. More pizazz, and leave space between the notes so that when it is playing, it has more presence.
2) Slight change in the percussion.
A) Cymbals. Particularly the cymbal crash and roll. I love them. You love them. But get rid of them. They don't belong in a Latin chart. If you wish to keep them, then I suggest finding a different sample, one that has a slightly rougher sound and does not last as long (Drum set-like cymbal, not a concert band type)
B) Congas. Make them louder, and tone down the (Snare Drum?) used through the song
C) MOAR COWBELL!! ^_^
3) More variation in the sound+melody. While it works for a 1 minute song, if you ever plan on making it longer, it needs some variation

Anyway, thats my 2 cents on a Latin chart. I don't mind your dramatic-epic, but if you ever consider a second attempt, I would prefer it to have a more traditional Latin feel.


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Step responds:

Wow I can never get a 10 out of you, can I ;D. But heck, this is a really detailed review. Thanks, as usual, for the excellent criticism!

"I'm a bit of a sucker for jazz, and overall, I really enjoyed this song. I loved the melody, and the overall feel of the song."

Great! Admittedly the melody didn't take too long on my part. It's the stuff in the background which I worked harder on actually.

"My main criticism for this is that you seem to be stuck in a 'dramatic-epic song' mindset, and I always had the impression of latin music to be more upbeat and exciting as opposed to the darker, smoother sound found in this song. Maybe you had intended it that way, but it just seemed overly deviating from the genre."

Oops xD. But yeah I guess that's something I can't help but do when I make music. I can assure you it wasn't on purpose, but apparently everyone seems to think that this sounds dramatic/good for a fight, so I can't disagree over there xP.

"Obviously, if it was intended this way, (i.e. another dramatic-epic song, just that this time it has Latin influences) then you can ignore the rest of this review because they are just my ideas of what a Latin song should sound like."

Nah, it wasn't intended this way, so your review's going to help.

"1) More brass. The fade is nice, but have it come in louder. More pizazz, and leave space between the notes so that when it is playing, it has more presence."

I like that idea :D. I'll see what I can do.

How about I add some brass playing the guitar melody at the end? (i.e. at 0:40 I continue the brass except playing the melody that the guitar is playing). Might make the ending a bit more... end-ish.

"2) Slight change in the percussion.

Right...

"A) Cymbals. Particularly the cymbal crash and roll. I love them. You love them. But get rid of them. They don't belong in a Latin chart. If you wish to keep them, then I suggest finding a different sample, one that has a slightly rougher sound and does not last as long (Drum set-like cymbal, not a concert band type)"

OK. As I've said, I'm totally new on the whole Latin sound.

"B) Congas. Make them louder, and tone down the (Snare Drum?) used through the song"

Yeah I agree, I can barely hear the congas either >.>.

"C) MOAR COWBELL!! ^_^"

Moooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

"3) More variation in the sound+melody. While it works for a 1 minute song, if you ever plan on making it longer, it needs some variation"

Yeah. I don't know if I'll be making it longer - if I ever make some more Latin, it'll be in a new song probably, but I'll probably revisit this track sometime to try some of your suggestions.

"Anyway, thats my 2 cents on a Latin chart. I don't mind your dramatic-epic, but if you ever consider a second attempt, I would prefer it to have a more traditional Latin feel."

I'll keep that in mind :D.

Thanks a lot for the awesome review!


wrathofsuzakuwrathofsuzaku

Rated 5 / 5 stars December 1, 2010

this reminds me

this sounds like mosuic in a game I use to play called dark cloud


Step responds:

Cool. Never heard of it though.

In any case, thanks for reviewing!


WasangaWasanga

Rated 5 / 5 stars December 1, 2010

nice!

great song here.It can very easily go in a game.just imagine it in a fighting game stage or a castlevania map ;D!.beutiful song


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Step responds:

Lol why does everyone think of this as a battle song xD.

But thanks, glad you like it!


PeterSateraPeterSatera

Rated 5 / 5 stars November 30, 2010

What a riff!

This is an excellent piece Stephan, it has a really strong vibe to it. Im extremely impressed with the fact you changed your brass to have a more jazz stab, its stunning.

The beat and percussion throughout is excellent, its ever so catchy.
The only problem is that there isnt enough of it. ;)
Stunning work!


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Step responds:

Wow I never knew I'd get this many reviews. I really owe you all one.

Anyway, thanks a lot for enjoying the song and writing the review. I wish I'd have the time to continue this sometime.

Thanks again!


RogerBKRogerBK

Rated 5 / 5 stars November 30, 2010

Liked it a LOT!

The song is pretty short, but it has the Latin feeling, it's pretty animated, a lot of sounds, the drums are pretty cool, the piano is super nice, I liked the melody, and the sax (is that a sax??) sound is awesome! The guitar is very nice too, it kept pace with all the other instruments. I think you really catched the real spirit of the salsa!

One of the best parts for me was from 0:32 to 0:41, really liked the way you changed a bit the song, it's not the same thing the WHOOOLE song, the sounds kept changing but all of 'em was in the same melody, it's professional work Steph! :o

Anyway, keep it up ude, your music is awesome and you're always doing even better things! Also, pretty good start!!

RogerBK
(Can't put the RRC signature no more... lol)

;D


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Step responds:

"The song is pretty short, but it has the Latin feeling, it's pretty animated, a lot of sounds, the drums are pretty cool, the piano is super nice, I liked the melody, and the sax (is that a sax??) sound is awesome! The guitar is very nice too, it kept pace with all the other instruments. I think you really catched the real spirit of the salsa!"

Wow, thanks! Glad you enjoyed the instruments I used - by the way, it isn't a sax but I tried to make it sound like one so I guess making you think it's a sax is an achievement, right? ;D.

"One of the best parts for me was from 0:32 to 0:41, really liked the way you changed a bit the song, it's not the same thing the WHOOOLE song, the sounds kept changing but all of 'em was in the same melody, it's professional work Steph! :o"

Haha I'm not so sure about professional, but as long as it sounds good I'm happy lol.

"Anyway, keep it up ude, your music is awesome and you're always doing even better things! Also, pretty good start!!"

Thank you for the support! Too bad I haven't had much time to make music nowadays :(.

"RogerBK
(Can't put the RRC signature no more... lol)"

Lol,. not going to lie, I miss your RRC reviews :P.

Thanks for the great review!