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Date
11/27/2010
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Song
2.5 MB
1 min 7 sec
Score
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


TzunamiTzunami

Rated 5 / 5 stars November 29, 2010

I'm really feeling this.

This small song feels like it could be a lot longer. For being completely out your zone, you did a great job covering the feel and sound of latin music. The guitars are on spot and the "sax" section feels right. It actually makes me think a little less of it being one genre and maybe pushing into another, but that's just me.

Percussion is on spot, melodies are right where they should be, everything is in place. A very good job you've done on this track.

~Tzu


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Step responds:

Thanks for the compliments. I'm particularly happy that you think the 'sax' section sounds good, it's by far the hardest part of the song which I worked on.

Glad you like it, and I appreciate the review :).


jabmorenojabmoreno

Rated 5 / 5 stars November 29, 2010

W00T! Pure Cuture right there!

im mexican if u didnt know and that definitely brings back memories! good job!


Step responds:

Cool, in that case I'm glad I got a Mexican to feel nostalgic xD.

Thanks for the review!


Birdinator99Birdinator99

Rated 5 / 5 stars November 29, 2010

Damn

I love how well the instruments blend in this song. The guitar and bass kind of vibe off of each other, and the piano compliments them both while the brass covers everything with a...uh...blanket of musicality? It's good, anyhow.

Good snare choice -- it kept the beat nice and tight like fast Latin music should be.

The auxiliary percussion is used sparingly and appropriately -- yay!

Great dynamics here make for great transitions and even greater contrast between sections. Bravo :D

A very empowering piece, I found it to be. Something epic or strong-willed about it (makes me think of a battle, but with dancing and festivities happening at the same time). Feel free to ignore that, haha, sometimes I don't know what I'm saying.

Wrap all this up with a powerful and convincing ending, and you've got me thinking that you've done this before...lol.

Great job, but I've got one question -- what's the little blip at 1:02?


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Step responds:

Wow, another detailed review from you. Thanks, I really have to review you back sometime.

"I love how well the instruments blend in this song. The guitar and bass kind of vibe off of each other, and the piano compliments them both while the brass covers everything with a...uh...blanket of musicality? It's good, anyhow."

Cool :D. The guitars are all free samples from the same site, so I guess that's why they fit with each other.

"Good snare choice -- it kept the beat nice and tight like fast Latin music should be."

Yeah that's from a free drum kit. Admittedly this is the song which I used Kontakt the most in lol.

"The auxiliary percussion is used sparingly and appropriately -- yay!"

Yay :D.

"Great dynamics here make for great transitions and even greater contrast between sections. Bravo :D"

Thanks! I'm particularly proud of the transition at 0:20.

"A very empowering piece, I found it to be. Something epic or strong-willed about it (makes me think of a battle, but with dancing and festivities happening at the same time). Feel free to ignore that, haha, sometimes I don't know what I'm saying."

Lol don't worry I get what you mean xD. Got to admit, didn't have a battle planned when writing this piece :3.

"Wrap all this up with a powerful and convincing ending, and you've got me thinking that you've done this before...lol."

>_>
<_<
:D

"Great job, but I've got one question -- what's the little blip at 1:02?"

That's actually not a blip. It's the sound of the guitar string being stopped - I have to thank the realism of the Kontakt library for that xP.

Thanks a million for the awesome review!


dragon-teenagerdragon-teenager

Rated 5 / 5 stars November 29, 2010

Fantastic!

I've very impressed with this! It's complex without sounding too busy. I really like the main riff that you hear throughout the song. It's catchy and suits this piece exceptionally well. I would love to hear an extension of this. :)


Step responds:

Thanks, really glad you liked it :). Thanks a lot for reviewing! Making it complex but not busy wasn't so easy.


OpenLightOpenLight

Rated 5 / 5 stars November 29, 2010

I think I threw up salsa.

This makes me feel like I'm at a fiesta. Great job!

By the way, I haven't had Mexican food for a long time, so you really accomplished something. Hahaha.


Step responds:

Haha lol. I'm glad you like it, and good luck cleaning that salsa :O.

Thanks for the review!