I and a friend of mine were discussing adding strings to one of his songs. I told him i would try to think of something. I came up with this.
I, sort of, like it as is but i am settling.
I hear sounds in my head but i am not sure of the musical instrument-combinations required to achieve those timbres. So, i settled on what i could figure out.
I am a novice violinist. I am an untrained guitarist/ songwriter, actually. So that's just to give you an idea of my background.
Anyway, i know this is the best place to ask for advice on how orchestrated music should sound.
So, i offer this to you all with the hope some of you will...hmm...study?...analyze?...or maybe just listen and offer some opinions.
Obviously, there is no musical "technique", at all, here. It was all played on a keyboard, phrase by phrase, instrument by instrument, layer by layer.
Nothing sounds as good as real instruments in a real room - agreed. However, i am in a small apartment without all the instruments (and the training to play them), so keep in mind it's a keyboard making all of these sounds.
A note on the DAW i am using - CuBase. It's high-end with a steep learning curve and pretty complicated if you are new to digital recording. If you can master CuBase, you'll have a great studio at your fingertips.
For those unfamiliar with what i did here, i'll explain.
I copied a song from my friend's cd of acoustic guitar and voice onto my hard drive.
Then, i added all the orchestral instruments, pretty much, note by note using MIDI.
This took me about three weeks to do.
Here is the song. Enjoy.
(Go easy on me. please)
Thank you so much.
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