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Super Mario 64 - 'Inside the Castle Walls' Electric Wind Instruments cover


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15 hours ago, HankTheSpankTankJankerson said:

Yeah, man, I hear ya.  There is certainly something to be said for faithfulness to the original.  What brand of EWI is that?  I have been shopping for one.

Thanks man, I always get worried when I read Smooth comparisons because people seem really down on tracks that are faithful reproductions of the original. I like to approach these things like a classical musician - I'm not touching the arrangement, I'm just here to put my own personal spin on it :)

It's an EWI 4000s by Akai. If you're in the market for one, the 5000 has probably superseded it, but it depends what you're after. They're nearly exactly the same in functionality, the 5000 just has some added convenience (battery pack, wireless). Sounds depend on what you want to load on to it, but the default packs are pretty different: I'm using all 4000 default patches in my videos, which are all pretty synthy and 80s-ish, while the 5000 has attempted to include closer analogues of real instruments. Keep me in the loop if you get one and lay down some tracks!

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I'm not familiar with EWIs at all, but that square-ish tone is really neat.

On ‎12‎/‎25‎/‎2015 at 2:50 AM, SoUnDoLe said:

I always get worried when I read Smooth comparisons because people seem really down on tracks that are faithful reproductions of the original.

There's an important distinction to make here. I think the negativity you're describing is intended not for the cover itself, but for the claim that the cover is an original arrangement (when it is actually just a literal transcription for X instrument). You are not making this claim. Smooth, however, is: hence the trickle-down resentment for the guy who paints the biggest target. If you are meeting that criticism in the OCR forums, I would guess that it's because songs posted here are often perceived to be candidates for submission, even if you're just sharing a cover like this.

It may seem like I'm arguing semantics, but I think there's a lot of bad vibes that are maybe misguided or aren't being expressed properly. Keep your head up!

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5 hours ago, LongBoxofChocolate said:

I'm not familiar with EWIs at all, but that square-ish tone is really neat.

There's an important distinction to make here. I think the negativity you're describing is intended not for the cover itself, but for the claim that the cover is an original arrangement (when it is actually just a literal transcription for X instrument). You are not making this claim. Smooth, however, is: hence the trickle-down resentment for the guy who paints the biggest target. If you are meeting that criticism in the OCR forums, I would guess that it's because songs posted here are often perceived to be candidates for submission, even if you're just sharing a cover like this.

It may seem like I'm arguing semantics, but I think there's a lot of bad vibes that are maybe misguided or aren't being expressed properly. Keep your head up!

Cheers mate! And I think you're right, especially within these forums. I'm not claiming to be making attempts for submission here - that's just a bit of a world away from what I'm trying to do with these covers, as much as I appreciate the tremendous artistry that OCR is home to!

However, from some of the other artists I know doing similar work to myself, I've heard a range of criticisms about Smooth's work outside his arrangements. A frequent one that comes up is that he sounds 'over-processed', which doesn't really seem like a valid complaint to me. Another is that he's got a very limited tonal palette, which I can kind of understand - many articulated parts tend to use the syllable 'buh' - but looking across all his covers, it straight up isn't true. And it kind of seems like criticising a pianist for only making piano covers...

But anyway, thanks for the elaboration and encouragement!

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