I haven't posted a song here for a long time, so thought it was time to rectify that!
This is a piece I was working on over Christmas, and have been doing the odd tweak since then, but I think it is now ready to share. Note the MP3 bit rate is down to about 100kbps as you need to keep file size on Reverb Nation below 8MB on the free package.
https://www.reverbnation.com/spectralst ... -silk-road
This was an experiment in trying see how to make a track have an Eastern flavour - the Phygrian scale mode seems to do the trick!
The structure of the song is meant to evoke a journey of sorts along the Silk Road. A tranquil start to the day, stirring from the Caravan Serai, and getting ready to set off. The journey itself, with repetitive motion of the caravan given by the percussion and arpeggio. Then a desert storm halting the motion.... And then back on the journey again when it clears.
The tracks that go into this song include
- Yamaha Montage main pad, and the Asian flute
- Korg Kronos provide a small fizzy/phased bass detail under the main pad
- Korg Kronos - the "flutey" square wave lead right after the Asian Flute, using its AL-1 analog synth modelling engine
- Korg Kronos - the main lead in "Storm section, using its STR-1 engine, which is meant to be for string instrument emulation, but capable of a lot more!
- Yamaha AN1x for the low bass washes
- Yamaha EX5r for the background "tinkles", using its unique (only found on the EX5) Formulated Digital Signal Processing Mode and its "Water" Model. FDSP is a note and velocity independent effects processor that applies the effect to each note individually. It has electric guitar and piano pickup models (which you process the samples through) , so the EX5 is capable of very realistic Electric Guitars and Pianos, more so than any Sample and Synthesis synth from the late 90s should sound! And you have to hear note/velocity independent phasing/flanging with it responding to individual note dynamics to believe it!
- Zero-G EVI for the Clara Sorace Vocals
- Zero G Eastern Percussion Module for the, well, percussion
- Spectrasonics Omnisphere for the Arpeggio, using a 3rd party library patch. This is an amazing general soft synth. If you could only have one, it would be this one.....
- U-HE Zebra - the wind, and several other sounds in the storm part. U-HE provide some of the best analog modelling soft synths out there. Zebra and DIVA are astounding
- GForce MTRON Pro, Mellotron Emulation for the other vocal type sound (more below)
The Asian Flute/Pad itself was a happy find. The one cool thing about the Montage is its backwards compatibility with Yamaha's big seller Motif Range. They have voice compatibility all the way back to my 2006 Motif Rack ES, and I have loaded patches from my Motif Rack ES into the Montage and I cannot tell the difference when I A/B them. Very impressive, and a first for any synth I have come across. In the last Montage OS update, Yamaha included all of the preset Performances from the last Motif, the XF, in the Montage preset banks (I guess to entice Motif XF users to migrate to the Montage), and when I ran through those one night, I came across that sound was instantly struck by it, and came up with the basic idea in ten minutes, adding the Omnisphere Arpeggio for movement, and there it languished as a basic idea until Christmas.
When I came back to the song, I started adding the EVI vocals and the percussion, it pretty much wrote itself after that, and most of the audio motifs in the tracks are from an evening of improvising and picking out the good bits!
I hope you enjoy it, and thanks for taking the time to listen (if you do!)