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Tune Contest - Fri 7th - Thu 13th
« on: 07 Nov 2003, 15:44 »
Solos from Heaven!

Okie doke, quite a tricky one this time but at the same time fairly simple. Your entries can be MIDI or MP3 or whatever.

What I'm looking for is a ten or twenty second intro. Get the song going, and THEN a kick ass solo! The longer the better. Then a nice outro.

The intro and outro aren't really the bits i'm looking at but they're needed to set the pace of the track.

The solo can be however short or long (remember tho, the longer the better!) as you want. The more intricate, the more complex the better. I'd prefer to see how well you can develop a solo using a single instrument.

However, no pianos!. I'm looking for a solo that uses an interesting instrument especially, like a sitar or glockenspeil. Preferably not a guitar, trumpet, sax or flute, but they're fine. But any pianos and you're disqualified. I don't want to hear any. Nor harpsichords. ;)

;)

And that's it, good luck!

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Re:Tune Contest - Fri 7th - Thu 13th
« Reply #1 on: 07 Nov 2003, 20:35 »
So does the soloing instrument have to be by itself, or can there be a backing track?

Re:Tune Contest - Fri 7th - Thu 13th
« Reply #2 on: 07 Nov 2003, 21:26 »
Sounds like my kind of song! Count me in.

Great rules. Do we get extra credit if we have more than one solo?

Re:Tune Contest - Fri 7th - Thu 13th
« Reply #3 on: 09 Nov 2003, 11:11 »
Aww, I thought harpsichord initially. Then I was discouraged. Then I thought violin. And then I was discouraged. Aww. I'll find something, though. Althought I still want a harpsichord. ;)

EDIT: Oh, and great idea, this!
« Last Edit: 09 Nov 2003, 11:11 by EldKatt »

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Re:Tune Contest - Fri 7th - Thu 13th
« Reply #4 on: 09 Nov 2003, 11:50 »
Eld: it doesn't look like he said anything about violins
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Re:Tune Contest - Fri 7th - Thu 13th
« Reply #5 on: 09 Nov 2003, 17:12 »
Here's my entry: CLICK HERE



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Ben

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Re:Tune Contest - Fri 7th - Thu 13th
« Reply #6 on: 09 Nov 2003, 20:52 »
Here's mine. I hope an organ is okay. It's even more like a piano than a violin is.

Bling Bling (1.9 mb)

Re:Tune Contest - Fri 7th - Thu 13th
« Reply #7 on: 10 Nov 2003, 00:05 »
And here's my entry: http://www.sonic.net/~schlae/herculeaneffort/solo_entry.mp3

Sounds sort of like that Bollywood stuff. It's too bad I didn't have too much time to make it, though. Enjoy!

Re:Tune Contest - Fri 7th - Thu 13th
« Reply #8 on: 10 Nov 2003, 00:18 »
Wow Geoff, that was great. I really enjoyed that. To bad that it sounds so real and you didnt turn it in for the last one. :)

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Re:Tune Contest - Fri 7th - Thu 13th
« Reply #9 on: 10 Nov 2003, 03:07 »
So what do you guys use to create your drum loops?
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Re:Tune Contest - Fri 7th - Thu 13th
« Reply #10 on: 10 Nov 2003, 20:15 »
I just cut up samples of actual drummers and rearrange them in Skale Tracker.

Geof: Very nice. I love the beat you have there. And you're better at mixing than I am  :P

Re:Tune Contest - Fri 7th - Thu 13th
« Reply #11 on: 10 Nov 2003, 20:27 »
Ben, you are a big cheater. I make all my drum loops from scratch. In fact, I made the drum set soundfont I used in my entry.

Evil, the reason I didn't enter it in the last contest is because that was my turn leading the contest. :)

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Re:Tune Contest - Fri 7th - Thu 13th
« Reply #12 on: 10 Nov 2003, 21:31 »
I make my drum loops from scratch too. I just get my bass and snare drum samples from recorded drum tracks. I still have to assemble the drum pattern myself, one note at a time.

Now don't ever doubt my 1337ness ever again!

m0ds

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Re:Tune Contest - Fri 7th - Thu 13th
« Reply #13 on: 11 Nov 2003, 12:44 »
Geoffkhan, what do you use to make your tunes? And how do you make them :P Do you use a keyboard or put in the notes or what? And what sound-card do you have?

Great entries so far! A couple of days left.


Re:Tune Contest - Fri 7th - Thu 13th
« Reply #14 on: 11 Nov 2003, 21:06 »
Well, Mods, this is what I use:

Software:

- Cakewalk Pro Audio 9
- Sound Forge 4.5

Hardware:

- Sound Blaster Audigy Soundcard
- Roland FP-3, 88-key fully weighted keyboard
- Alesis QS6 synthesizer with a few QCards (I rarely use this synthesizer in my music, though)


It really just depends on the kind of song I'm making whether I play the instrument parts through the keyboard or enter it in note by note. Most of the time I enter the rhythm section in note by note and then the melodies and solos and all the prominent parts I play in through the keyboard.

I use Cakewalk rather than a notational sequencer because I like to have fine control over the placements of the notes. For example, I put the cymbals back a few ticks to make it sound more realistic. Little tricks like that which enhance the realism of songs.

I also have quite a soundfont collection and dozens which I have created myself. If you're interested in obtaining some of my original soundfonts, PM me.

m0ds

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Re:Tune Contest - Fri 7th - Thu 13th
« Reply #15 on: 11 Nov 2003, 21:11 »
Hehe its okay, thanks for the info. There's no way I could afford any of that hardware or software but I'll keep it in mind :)

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Re:Tune Contest - Fri 7th - Thu 13th
« Reply #16 on: 12 Nov 2003, 23:15 »
Well, there are some cheap alternatives. In fact, the stuff I use is very minimal. I love free software.

Here's how you can do it free: (or much less expensive)

Soundfonts: Use Megafont, a free program that runs soundfonts. Either that or Synthedit, another free program that has the ability to run soundfonts and VST instruments and all sorts of cool stuff.

Sequencer: Freeware sequencer. There are many decent free sequencers available. I just can't think of any off the top of my head. I think Cubase VST is free, though personally I hate Cubase.

Synthesizer: Well, there's really not too many free synthesizers out there. :) Go by a $20 casio (ugh) synthesizer with midi in and out ports. You will not be using it for the sounds anyways, just the keyboard.


If you are ever looking for a good keyboard with awesome sounds and realistic keyboard feel, get the FP-3!

EDIT: By the way, this is a song I just made that I would've entered in this contest if Mods hadn't outlawed pianos. http://www.sonic.net/~schlae/herculeaneffort/realsolo.mp3. It's sorta a demo of the soundfonts I made that I will put on my upcoming soundfont site. Enjoy the song and please give me comments on the soundfonts.

Oh, soundfonts, soundfonts, soundfonts...
« Last Edit: 13 Nov 2003, 02:32 by Geoffkhan »

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Re:Tune Contest - Fri 7th - Thu 13th
« Reply #17 on: 13 Nov 2003, 04:34 »
Thanks for the tips, Geoffkhan!  I'll check that stuff out.

Am I on the wrong track, or do I really need a SB Live! card to use Megafont?  I haven't downloaded Synthedit yet, but I'll do that in a couple days when I have some free time.

I've had a copy of Cubase for some time now, looks like I should learn to use it ;)
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Re:Tune Contest - Fri 7th - Thu 13th
« Reply #18 on: 13 Nov 2003, 18:02 »
Any more for any more? I'll review and reward in a couple of hours time! :)

Re:Tune Contest - Fri 7th - Thu 13th
« Reply #19 on: 13 Nov 2003, 19:19 »
Er, no. I know I'm like boring, but I've been busy. No entry from me this week either. I'm rather sure I'll be able to do the next one though. :P