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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!

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Very catchy.

I don't normally like Latin styled music, but I love this song. I can see a looped version in a a volcano themed level of a platformer.

Step responds:

Cool. I don't like Latin music that much either but for some reason I enjoyed making this.

Thanks for the feedback.

Awesome track! Extend it please?

I was dancing along to this song with my girl and it ended so fast! This is a really cool piece though and it would be great if perhaps you could extend it. Throw in some bongos and you got one hell of a track that really turns up the heat! Overall, great work!

Step responds:

Haha thanks. This is just something I did for my dad's birthday - I started it a little late and didn't get enough time to continue it, so I just cooked up a good ending for it. Actually I was thinking about continuing it at one point, but as luck has it, when my computer died it took all of my recent project files along with it...

I agree about adding bongos. Actually I have some in the background of this song already, but they're REALLY subtle and almost impossible to hear :P. Anyhow, if I ever get to continuing this or making another song in this style, I'll let you know.

Thanks for reviewing!


this song also kicks some serious @$$

Step responds:

Latin @SS, that is :D.

Thanks for the review!

Nicely done and congrats!

This is a very clean sounding song. Out of everything in the song, I really enjoy the quality of your mix (as weird as that sounds =P). I really love your instrument choice as well, plus the melodies involved. I'm sorry I got to your message late, I've been super busy with school lol=P

Great job on the top 5 btw!

- Isomatic

Step responds:

Hey man, long time no see! I can understand if you're busy with school, so am I >.>.

Glad you liked the instrumentation, despite how hard it was for me to do it. I'm surprised you like the mix, though. I can't mix if my life depended on it.

Thanks a lot for the review, really appreciate it!

People like this because

it sounds like Final Fantasy.
Good overall feel though.

Step responds:

Don't know why you think it sounds like Final Fantasy, but thanks nevertheless.

Credits & Info


4.43 / 5.00

Nov 27, 2010
4:04 PM EST
File Info
2.5 MB
1 min 7 sec

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