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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


camosharkcamoshark

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars November 28, 2010

Not salsa, but enjoyable anyways

Great song actually, sounds like a spanish-rock orchestral song. Sounds nothing like salsa I'm afraid, but I'm sure your dad will enjoy.

And BTW, you went in the opposit direction of salsa : you took your trumpet/trombone samples to make it sound like saxs, when actually trumpets and trombones are the brass used in salsa...

Anyways, I'm outof time to write anything else, hope you dad will love!

Cheers,
Samuel H├ębert


Step responds:

Yeah like I said, I know very little about salsa, especially about the trumpet/trombones being used in salsa.

Anyhow, I'm happy it works out despite it not sounding like salsa. Thanks for reviewing!


WeHaveFreshCookiesWeHaveFreshCookies

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars November 27, 2010

I like it.

It's certainly an interesting track. It feels like chase music, but with some great Spanish influence. Very unique to anything I've heard. You didn't quite nail the sax sound, like you wanted to. But honestly, you didn't need to. It sounded great. I think your dad will like it.

I like the drums in here a lot. The small little rolls work quite well with the bells. (I'm hearing a tambourine and hi-hat, I think, with a shaker mixed in here and there?)

The brass instruments work well where you used them, to add power and emphasis to certain pieces. And when they're not there, the guitars fill the song quite nicely. There really aren't any boring or empty parts, and you keep the song moving along at a pace that doesn't feel too quick, or too drawn out.

My only critique stems from both the intent, and my lack of experience with this genre. It doesn't feel like genuine salsa. When I think of salsa, it's less intense than this. Of course, I don't know the genre or your father. So it may just be perfect.

Good luck, and happy birthday to your father. =)


Step responds:

Wow, thanks for the detailed review!

"It's certainly an interesting track. It feels like chase music, but with some great Spanish influence. Very unique to anything I've heard."

Cool. Like I said to the review below, I didn't have a particular feel to go for except a Spanish/salsa feel which is SOMEWHAT dance-able. Didn't think I managed to make it sound like a chase theme, although I do see what you mean.

"You didn't quite nail the sax sound, like you wanted to. But honestly, you didn't need to. It sounded great. I think your dad will like it."

I hope so ^^. The problem with East/West Symphonic Orchestra is that it's strictly for Orchestral songs, and so the brass, strings, choirs, percussion and woodwinds are all specifically made for Orchestral, which makes it a pretty limited program if you want to use it for another genre such as this. But glad you liked the sound anyway!

"I like the drums in here a lot. The small little rolls work quite well with the bells. (I'm hearing a tambourine and hi-hat, I think, with a shaker mixed in here and there?)"

That's right. Tambourine was constantly in the background, hi-hat was there in certain parts of different drum beats and a single bar of shakers fading away was used in a few parts of the song to give emphasis and used as a fixed rhythm at 0:30. Phew.

"The brass instruments work well where you used them, to add power and emphasis to certain pieces. And when they're not there, the guitars fill the song quite nicely. There really aren't any boring or empty parts, and you keep the song moving along at a pace that doesn't feel too quick, or too drawn out."

Thank goodness for that, I was playing around with the brass for ages :P. I did try and make it that there were no empty parts, which was a bit difficult, but after adding a bass and some harmonies in the background, it worked out fine, thankfully.

"My only critique stems from both the intent, and my lack of experience with this genre. It doesn't feel like genuine salsa. When I think of salsa, it's less intense than this. Of course, I don't know the genre or your father. So it may just be perfect."

Like you, I have barely any experience in the genre. The only salsa song I downloaded in my music folder is this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi9V1b 9aQ9A

So that's where I got most of my inspiration from. I got some of the other inspiration from one of the sample songs of the free guitar samples linked in the Author's Comments:
http://www.pettinhouse.com/ClassicGui tar/CGSpanish.mp3

And other than a few odd snippets of some Spanish songs that I hear my parents play sometimes, those are all the Spanish songs I heard in my life xP.

So yeah, I agree that it's not proper salsa :P.

"Good luck, and happy birthday to your father. =)"

Thanks a lot for the great review!


AzoicAzoic

Rated 5 / 5 stars November 27, 2010

The Latin Western.

I envisage a Western scene with a Latin twist. Tanned, hairy latinos shading their thick, hairy upperlips under large sombreros, riding on big, black stallions along dusty trails. I hope I didn't just describe your dad!
Happy Birthday, Dad.


Step responds:

I lol'd :P.

Thanks for the review! I didn't have a particular scene in mind for this track, even though I usually do when I'm making music. Dancing Flame just came to me since I didn't want to name this 'Salsa thing', which is what it was initially named.

Thanks again, glad you liked the song! By the way, I heard some of your submissions, they sound really good!