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#366907 - 09/24/16 02:18 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Cynthia's Theme
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Hi guys,
CYNTHIA'S THEME
is my new submission, I think it's in the jazz category.

I used:
_LALOIRE.STY. La Loire EZ Jazz Ballad

RD: JazzSwingLewis^01-a:Brushes, Snare , b:Brushes Swirl, Busy Snare :Lewis Nash
RT2311: Bass, Acoustic, JazzBalladRonA-B Sw 085 , Ron Carter
RT743: Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm Jazz Ballad Sw 060 (A:simple) , Miles Black
RT937: Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm JazzBalladFreddie Sw 060 , Oliver Gannon

I also added:
RT492 Trombone, Jazz Ballad Sw 085 (fantastic !!!)
RT484 Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Jazz Ballad Sw 085

Plus, my own guitar melody lines (both acoustic and electric), a violin melody line and a strings arrangement.

It's a very melodic track (instrumental), romantic and a little bit nostalgic too.
I really liked this melody, so I wanted it to develop quite a bit with different instruments, that's why the track is probably a bit too long, I know. But I think of it as a sort of a theme or a soundtrack for a romantic film or something like that.
By the way, that Trombone real track is really phenomenal, and I think it goes very well with the style.
Hope you enjoy it.
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#366920 - 09/24/16 05:11 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Cynthia's Theme [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Wow,
I sat back in my chair, closed my eyes and drifted away enjoying the wonderful mix.
Nice chords and melody on guitar.

I do like the violin track, did you play that? If so what did you use as it sounds wonderful?

I can see this song in a romantic moment in a film, with a modern day Fred Astaire and Ginge floating around the screen!

beautiful

Alyn

then I came to my senses very rapidly when my song played AARGH!! totally ruined my mood grin
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#366929 - 09/24/16 06:26 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Cynthia's Theme [Re: Jon Thomas]
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I would certainly buy another drink and stay to listen to this. Heck, do an encore. Very tasty.
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#366931 - 09/24/16 06:29 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Cynthia's Theme [Re: Jon Thomas]
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nice one !

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#366935 - 09/24/16 06:44 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Cynthia's Theme [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Jon, a great presentation. An excellent composition, stylish, and masterfully presented.

You've really delivered an outstanding piece of music here.
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#366938 - 09/24/16 07:00 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Cynthia's Theme [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Thank you guys
you are very, very kind, thank you.

Alyn: yes, I played the violin solo part but it's actually midi. I think it sounds very realistic (although, I know the realism could be improved a little bit in a few notes here and there, I'm not 100% satisfied, I just didn't have to time to fix it completely).
I used a library called Bohemian Violin by VirHarmonic. It's an incredibly good solo violin library, not only extremely realistic, but also very playable, meaning that you don't need to tweak your midi part too much to make it sound good. Of course some tweaking is almost always needed, but this library is designed to be realistic "as is", and I think it does deliver that 90% of the times. To me, it does require some time to learn "how to play it", it's very sensitive to velocity, but once you learn you get nice realistic violin parts (especially slow, melodic parts) very quickly.
It is quite expensive though ... for my wallet at least :-)
They also have a nice cello library based on the same sampling techinque, but I haven't bought it yet. I think I will, eventually.
Thanks again
Jo


Edited by Jon Thomas (09/24/16 07:01 AM)
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#366948 - 09/24/16 08:43 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Cynthia's Theme [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Jon,
Your piece captures relaxation with a capital R. The solos are really good and keep the interest so I don`t think its too long.

Very enjoyable- a musical massage!

Robert

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#367054 - 09/25/16 07:23 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Cynthia's Theme [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Very tasty!! Great mix!!
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#367122 - 09/25/16 05:53 PM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Cynthia's Theme [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Very nice composition and excellent presentation! Really enjoyable.
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#367146 - 09/26/16 01:26 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Cynthia's Theme [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Jon,

This is really beautiful. Your guitar playing is stunning. It was so easy to sit here and simply listen. Music at its best. The style fits perfectly!

Regards,
Noel
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#367160 - 09/26/16 03:29 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Cynthia's Theme [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Jon
Really pretty piece - violin sounded very nice.
Very accomplished guitar playing. Nice all round.

Peter

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#367245 - 09/26/16 02:36 PM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Cynthia's Theme [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Thank you guys, you have no idea how much I appreciate your comments!
Besides ... lots of great tracks in this contest. It's truly nice and fun to be part of it.
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