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  1. Great stuff Rayza. =) Love the sound you've cranked out here.
  2. Hello there, I go by the alias of markhansavon. I am a composer with more than 8 years of midi experience, and 2 years of intensive ear training study. My main focus is in creating really solid melodies, and it's what I enjoy the most in music creation. I'm looking for someone to create accompaniment/orchestrate my melodies. In return, you would receive, with me, all of the rights to use the final song. Here is a sample of my work. I only created the melody and harmony of this song. It was orchestrated and mp3ed by someone else: - Main Theme for a Final Fantasy Fan-Game. - Any style of music works. - Skill level doesn't matter as much. In fact, it's even better if you're looking to improve your art of orchestration, but working in notation (even if you do input it with your keyboard) would be greatly preferred. - You'll most likely need a DAW or Notation Software, like Sonar, that will show midi tags/markers. I make two tracks, firstly the melody, then the harmony, then I write all of the chords within the song. If you would like to collaborate with me, just pm me, e-mail me at markhansavon@aol.com or aim me at markhansavon. Thanks for your time. =)
  3. Thanks for watching. =) I think you guys will really like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxBf_Yre7xg
  4. Definitely an improved version of the previous one I had. Lacuna Coil - Closer Cover Song. http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/301228
  5. Wow, very cool. =D I like the variation throughout the song. It doesn't have a specific melody or anything, which I'm usually a huge fan of, so maybe I would suggest working on creating a kind of melody in there somewhere that repeats at least a little bit. But it's really cool how it doesn't stay the same throughout the entire thing. Pretty inspiring.
  6. Hmmm...I see...I didn't mean to heat up the thread or anything...sorry about that. x_x Well, personally, I thought it was orchestrated great for a midi composition. A lot of times in East West Orchestra and VSL Vienna Orchestral sampled mock-ups there's this glossy-ness to the strings, which you don't hear in this one. It sounds clean and pure. That's what I hear. It's like listening the soundtrack of a wii or gamecube game sound-wise, and music wise it's like it could actually fit in a zelda game. I'm like you, though. I like to consider composition to be my field. That's why having a hardware synth (keyboard) over software samples is probably better for you. If you make a song that you really know is great, and would sound amazing with really good samples, you actually might be able to find someone on this or other communities that could help you out with creating an orchestral mock-up (so that you don't necessarily have to bother with samples). Or, if you're working a high paying job, you may just consider paying a sound programmer.
  7. I want to get back to the song, for other people to listen to it and see what they think or feel of the song....but... I agree with the point that you are making, maybe it would sound better with realistic samples. For a lot of people, that's definitely the goal, to get better at mixing samples together to get the most realistic recording possible. I know what you are saying, and it is definitely very helpful to anyone that wants to improve in creating realistic mock-ups with samples. I would think, though, that it's all about what you want, or what you intend for. - To improve in music composition. - To improve at realistic mock-ups. (sample mixing/arrangement) - To advertise a bit of your music online so that more people can hear and appreciate your composition. - To advertise a bit of your music online so that more people can hear and appreciate your realistic mock-ups or ability with mixing samples together. - a bit of both - To post up on the internet just for the heck of it They are different goals, and if Peach is ok with how it sounds, maybe he or she would actually like to improve on composition, or maybe just advertise a bit of his or her music, though it doesn't look like the focus is sample mixing/arrangement. And also, a lot of people do really enjoy sampled music over realistic music, and it's all about enjoyment anyway isn't it? I mean...midi is fun. It should always be about enjoyment and fun over improvement, in my opinion.
  8. Actually, Neblix, I would have to say that it sounds just fine with these midi samples. There are many soundtracks, from what I've heard, that change from midi samples to a real orchestra and start sounding a lot less bright. A real orchestra, sonically speaking, is much heavier than a midi one. So, for this particular song, I would say it works perfectly. Some examples in where a real orchestra made things heavier are Dragon Quest 8, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl, Twilight Princess or the anime Naruto: Shippuden (Naruto had sampled strings, which seemed lighter than heavier) There are many modern games that use midi over real orchestra to get a brighter, lighter, feeling (loads of wii games). The less complicated the sound sonically, the lighter the feeling. The more realistic reverb something has, the more complicated the sound gets. That's how I see it. midi samples are beautiful, and they should be used more often. It adds diversity. =) So, as I hear it, it's perfectly fine. And as Gario heard it, it's perfectly fine.
  9. That actually sounds kind of cool. I see that your screen name is "peach". Does that also mean you're into other things nintendo (as far as soundtracks go)?
  10. Nice. Is it going to be a game that people might be able to perhaps...play on their computers? (dumb question I know, but still legitimate I hope)
  11. Thanks Peach. =) Alright, so here's the next song in the series of Static Reduction Demos I'll be doing. It's a cover of Lacuna Coil's "Closer". It's very much a remix (much different than the original). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJfmKzxKgfE
  12. Thanks, that's all I really needed to know anyway. =) I know that the samples themselves don't sound the best of the best (the lead guitars aren't guitars, but distorted organs), but the template I've made in reason has really allowed me to just play around and easily create rock songs. I just need to know how it sounds generally, as I've been listening to the song about a thousand times today.
  13. Oh, my apologies, you're using the Phantom. Nice stuff. Keyboards are far superior to software sample libraries in my opinion because of ease of use. Once you get a good orchestral template up and running you should just be able to use that with a couple added patches without having to resort to the hellish east west quantum leap libraries. (they seriously bogged me down when I had them x_x) The best part isn't the orchestration though...well that is definitely one of the pluses. It's the song though, the composition, the music, not the sound, that really stands out here. It sounds very very Koji Kondo-ish. You should make an music video or play the game, turn down the volume, and try out your song in zelda 64, windwaker, or twilight princess. I bet it'd work just perfectly.
  14. I just wanted to post saying, wow this is awesome. =) I'm serious. The only thing is that the orchestral samples sound a bit synthy, but the thing about that is that you shouldn't worry about it so much. (I feel you could be fiddling around iwth samples for years not being satisfied with it/typical artists syndrom) Good day to you. =)
  15. Great stuff. =) Love the song. Very much cold blooded. Is there, perhaps, an mp3 or higher quality version that we could view? About the sonic properties of the sample... I really can't give much critique. As it is, it's perfect. The thing is, maybe you could raise this or that, but that would alter the style of it, and I don't think it would improve anything sonically, it would just make it sound a tad bit different from the original (but of course it would be the same song no matter what you do to it).
  16. Ok, so I'll be putting all of my works within this topic so that I don't have to post a new topic every time I come up with another demo. All stuff Static Reduction NEW - 01-01-2010 - Lacuna Coil - Closer (Remix/Look-alike) - I haven't got this song completely down, so I just composed the melody as I heard it in my head as I was going. (didn't take the time and effort to get it perfect) All in all it's, I guess, GENERALLY like the original song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJfmKzxKgfE --------- Breaking Benjamin So Cold Test using my sample library: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FawXPgGJs0 Thanks for listening. =)
  17. The Field of Thorns (Another Rock Song): http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_songInfo.cfm?bandID=978157&songID=8548061 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e_dMWn9lOo This one created using my own Reason 4 Refill "Static Reduction". Thanks for listening. =)
  18. Hey there, if you're looking for an easy to use midi rock sound, I thought you might want to check out my new sample library:


    It's being designed for simplicity, created for needing minimal tweaking. =)

  19. Static Reduction Modern Rock Band Sample Library in Light and Heavy Versions Hello there. I've been studying how to get a rock band sound using new innovative techniques. Using these new techniques that I've discovered, I'm going to be releasing a Rock Band Library named "Static Reduction". Here is a video with the first demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LmHDmHRb8E Higher Quality Audio Version: http://rapidshare.com/files/315564650/SR_Live.mp3.html I'll be releasing more demos as I go. I'm going to be using my youtube page as my main website until I find a good website provider. There will be two versions released. The first, is a Lite Version that most people will be able to use within whatever sampler or daw they have (there are free VST sf2 players) as it will be in SF2 or Soundfont Format. I am doing my best to help this Version not miss out on the essence, the power, of the Heavy Version. The Heavy Version will be for users of Reason 3 and up and will come with extra patches/combinators, articulations/fx, examples and templates. The main focus of the library is having a band that you can literally just load up and play in real-time. This is why, with certain instruments, it's pre-mastered (Reverb is added to certain samples, etc...). The libraries second most important focus is on heavy distorted guitars and very powerful drums. If you have any questions feel free to ask. If you have any questions feel free to ask them here. Thanks for listening. =) More Demos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9so6OpunqsE - Demo #2 (This one starts off where the first demo left off. Starts darker, showing off a more metallica-like feel, then goes into 70s/80s-ish rock at 35 seconds and on) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jzy2DIlgAGQ - Demo #3 (Death Metal in the beginning, then a kind of 80s rock progression) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfHVc1s0340 - Demo #4 (A cover for the song Pull Me Under by Dream Theater) Higher Quality: http://rapidshare.com/files/315570606/SR_3.2FF44HQ.mp3.html _________________________
  20. Thanks for the feedback. =) The Cello Combis expression wasn't routed to Cello 2 within the Combinator. Sorry about that. Here is the update: http://rapidshare.com/files/303533458/Custom_Cello.cmb.html
  21. Alright, time for another freebie. =) :: Custom Violin :: ...is a bending/sliding Violin Combi for Reason 3+. Here are some samples: http://www.takutocartoon.co.cc/images/Maho_FullAcomp.mp3 http://www.takutocartoon.co.cc/images/Maho_JustVlnVla.mp3 http://www.takutocartoon.co.cc/images/Custom%20Violin%20Sample%201.mp3 http://www.takutocartoon.co.cc/images/Custom%20Violin%20Sample%202.mp3 Here is the link to the download of the Violin patch (800KB) http://rapidshare.com/files/302889189/Custom_Violin.zip.html The zip includes the Custom Violin Combi with the addition of the RSN demo file for the samples above. Rotary 2 is rigged to the amount of portamento on the violin so you can make the power of the sliding between notes dynamic throughout your songs. Rotary 1 is rigged to expression/volume. Also, the range works for Viola as well (goes down to C2), as you can hear that I used a second Custom Violin for the Viola part in the first 2 samples. Thanks for downloading. ------------------- :: Custom Cello :: Demos: http://www.takutocartoon.co.cc/images/Custom%20Cello%20Demo%201.mp3 http://www.takutocartoon.co.cc/images/Custom%20Cello%20Demo%202.mp3 Download (1000KB/1MB) http://rapidshare.com/files/302922935/Custom_Cello.zip.html More info later...don't have the time right now. Thanks again for downloading. =) Leave a little feedback. ---------------------- Please bump this topic if you like it and would like to see more. =)
  22. Where the Sun Ends is composed for a fighting game called "Blue Moon". 100% created with Garritans Personal Orchestra Lite using Reason 3. http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_songInfo.cfm?bandID=978157&songID=8308271 I know that it's not like the BEST FRICKIN THING IN THE WORLD, but I did it quickly using keyboard and doing as little editing as possible. The string patches used are: I put all of the attacks up so that it fades in and quickly overlapped notes. Thanks for listening. =)
  23. I think that loads of things will work, but most important is variation in each instrument. Like dead notes, slides, etc... for any instrument will add a genuine quality that will beat high quality yet same samples I think. It's also really easy to play once you've created a custom patch in your sampler.
  24. Thanks for the replies. Again, after reviewing this thread among others at other communities I've basically found that I will need to hold auditions in the future. Thanks again.
  25. I'm wondering if there are any electric guitar loop libraries out there? I searched around and I can only really find a couple free guitar loops every now and then, and only 1 library that I could find is dedicated to rock guitar.
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