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ToddK
05-31-2005, 08:07 PM
Here's my newest demo with RA.

Ya gotta turn this one up a bit. I didnt have the heart to compress it.
It sounds better turned up with no comp. More "aire" ;)

This is mostly RA except for the bass, wich is from Atmosphere. (Spectrasonics)

And the babbling water and wind chimes are from Altered States.(Zero-G)

Within Ra, i used only the instruments in the Far East folder... :D
Also, i used the Reverb in RA, wich is built in to the RA Kompakt player.
I like this Reverb better than the Waves IR for this type of material.
Gives more of a surrealistic/hyped ambient flavor as opposed to a "real" ambience.

RA is the freakin Bomb!

Hope ya'll give a quick listen.

http://michaelk101.com/todd/toddmp3/DreaminginChinese.mp3


Toddk

drew
05-31-2005, 11:00 PM
Very well done. Refreshing to hear something a little different other than the big action/adventure works that seem to be the standard fare here. Didn't need to turn it up at all - I usually need to turn it down on many demos or it sounds like an orchestra on steroids!

Hadn't really thought about RA much, but after hearing this I may have to add it to my library.

Brian Wardell
06-01-2005, 12:22 AM
Man, you're makin' me jealous. I wish I had RA. :D This is a beautiful piece. I think that bass sound is a perfect match, too. Very well done.

lovelysilence
06-01-2005, 01:58 AM
Todd, that is beautiful, mate. Hope to see you credited in the next Zhang Yimu film. :)

awpmusic
06-01-2005, 02:29 AM
Demos like this should carry a warning message:
LOCK UP YOUR WALLET BEFORE LISTENING TO THIS!

Sooner or later I've just got to get RA!! Wow - absolutely stunning!

neoTypic
06-01-2005, 03:15 AM
Wow, I got shivers listening to this. Absolutely great! Wow :eek:! This is definitely one of the better things I've heard produced with the library. Great work bud!

Brian Wardell
06-01-2005, 04:44 AM
Demos like this should carry a warning message:
LOCK UP YOUR WALLET BEFORE LISTENING TO THIS!'


Heh, yep. This is one of the few that really make me desire a library, so far. There have been plenty of great songs posted, but there is just something about this one. Gotta start selling my blood I guess. ;)

ToddK
06-01-2005, 08:39 AM
Hee hee! Very cool!

I had a friend here who wrote, "a good demo is one that makes you
want to buy the product" :)
Looks like this was one of those demos that leaves you with credit card
numbers swirling round' your head. :D

Well, just dont sell any blood Brian! Wait for the contest results!

You could possibly win a copy of RA. :cool:

Very cool of Nick and Doug to offer such an expensive prize. (up to a grand!)


Anyhoo, thanks for the comments! I had lots of fun with this one.

Amazing what can be done with a spectacular 24 bit ethnic lib, and some
pentatonic scales.... ;)
Add some water and wind, and hey, makes me want to hop up and
dance some Kabuki!! Or maybe do some Tai Chi exercises...

TK

groennes
06-01-2005, 10:22 AM
Very very cool, Toddk! :)

tango9jeff
06-01-2005, 03:41 PM
hey Toddk man I wanted to let you know how Impressed I was at this song. Your editing skills are wonderful and your choice of counter melodies is perfect!! I love the way it blends mix wise as well! I dont compress my mixes anymore either! I hate it! I only limit the mix now=) I am a huge ethnic fan as I just got my hands on storm drum and RA pro samples and world voices so I'd love for you to check out my song coming =) Should be ready by the end of this week I'll let ya know!

Man great peice be proud, it should get posted online for RA =)

Jeff

ToddK
06-01-2005, 04:01 PM
Hey Tango,

Thanks man! I of course enjoy your work as well. :)

I think RA is sort of an underated lib as yet. One cool surprise i didnt
expect, is the built in reverb. It has a certain sound to it that
i am really loving. Wish i could use it on other samples.

Yeah, that would be awesome to have this be part of the online RA demos.
What a great honor! All i can do is hope maybe someday Nick or Doug
will hear something they like enough to use. (or should i bug them?) :p

Their demos are so consistantly jawdropping, its crazy... I imagine a piece
would have to be quite exceptional to make it in there.:)

I cant wait to hear this piece you're working on! Stormdrum is one of those
libs that i desperately want, but havent gotten my hands on yet.

Im sure you're doing something really nice with it(and RA!). Hope to see it here
end of the week or so.

:D
Toddk

Liam
06-02-2005, 10:55 PM
This is great Todd. As was said before, I also think it is very worthy of being an official RA demo! I really can't wait to get this lib.

Liam

ChrisE
06-03-2005, 11:44 AM
Awesome piece! Wouldn't be out of place on the official RA demos. Great feel to the piece, makes me wanna have RA desperately! :D

legofred
08-09-2005, 04:01 PM
Congratulations (for winning the July contest)!

How did you program all the solo instruments? Like the flutes. Are these instruments all multisampled so that you can play whichever melody you want? Are the variations and twists (like from 00:39 to 00:45 ) done using keyswitches/mod wheel, or how does it work? It sounds SO realistic! Simply unbelievable!

Whant to hear more like this!

ToddK
08-09-2005, 04:34 PM
Yes, RA is simply fantastic.

The flutes in Dreaming were done mainly with keyswitching.

The intro flute was done with "phrases" but once the drums come in,
its all multisample programming.

RA gives you an amazing range of articulations. When you first open
RA, you may get the feeling you're missing something, becuase
it looks a bit small considering what it costs.

But what you get in one instrument, is very very deep. Tons of velocity
layers. And tons of articulations. They took it to a new level with
articulations in my opinion.

They dont just give you "staccato, legato, and a few others,
I have Gold for instance, and its got plenty of articulations.
But RA is crazy.
They
give you all sorts of different slides and attacks. Too many to list.
All those idiomatic techniques you'd hear a Bansuri player use, are
there for you. Its overwhelming when you first pull up a keyswitch patch.
My jaw immediatly dropped to the floor when it started to dawn on
me what was possible with this monsterous library. :eek:
Then i put some reverb on it, and, WOW, totally blew me away.

The phrase at 39 seconds you mentioned, is two different flutes,
both with a half step trill attack. Meaning, just the attack of the note
is trilled followed by a sustain. I used alot of keyswitching for this
piece. I purposely tweaked the starting points of long sustain notes
with the tempo, so the natural ending of the sample, was the end
of the phrase. Thats one thing that makes it seem so real.
((Hearing the players air run out, and the note dip slightly at the end ;) )

Also, keep in mind, "Dreaming" was "Written with" RA, as well as programmed.
ALmost as if, RA was the Co-writer, if you will.
I like to derive things from the strengths of the library. I get melody and phrasing
ideas from playing with articulation combos, listening to the "melody phrases"
etc etc.......
As opposed to coming up with melodies in my head, and then sitting down
to try to match it up with samples.
I try to let the samples tell me what they want to do. It always seems to sound
more "Real" that way.
Its not an approach you can use all the time, but thats what i did with this piece.

So glad you enjoyed it!!
Toddk

legofred
08-10-2005, 09:36 AM
Also, keep in mind, "Dreaming" was "Written with" RA, as well as programmed.
ALmost as if, RA was the Co-writer, if you will.
I like to derive things from the strengths of the library. I get melody and phrasing
ideas from playing with articulation combos, listening to the "melody phrases"
etc etc.......
As opposed to coming up with melodies in my head, and then sitting down
to try to match it up with samples.
I try to let the samples tell me what they want to do. It always seems to sound
more "Real" that way.
Its not an approach you can use all the time, but thats what i did with this piece. I know exactly what you mean! Thanks for the info and comments