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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!


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.


Really good, it gives that extra mexican "spice" on the song that makes it even better.

Step responds:

Cool. Thanks!

very good for a salsa mix

Yes i can see your style very clearly in there, i love how you implemented your style with the salsa genre, it suits you very well. lots of movement in this song, and you could definitely use this for a party. p.s. hope your dads party is fun :)
5/5 10/10

Step responds:

Thanks man. Glad my style influenced the song well!

Yeah my dad enjoyed his birthday. Thanks for the great review!


enough said, i love it!

Step responds:

Good :D. Thanks!


really good ,would be great music to write a cheo for some competitions and dance groeps :)
<3 to dance

Step responds:

So some people say this is good for an epic movie and others say this is good for dancing.

That's OK with me I guess :D. Thanks for reviewing!

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4.29 / 5.00

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

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