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Examples

Since basically any musical style can be composed, we've had a hard time selecting a couple examples that will demonstrate what Synfire can do. It is impossible to match everyone's taste, so please bear with us, if the style you are looking for is not yet presented here.

Other than a DAW, Synfire can intelligently handle harmony, melodies (counterpoint) and song structure. We picked these examples in order to demonstrate this, rather than attemping to impress you with something that's currently hip. We are sure you know best how to add zeitgeist, punch and production values to your own music.

Acid Jazz, Trip-Hop

Ok, the trumpets sound flat. But that's not the point here. This sample shows what can be built from a simple progression, a melody and bass line in a relatively short time.

EDM

A quick and dirty demo using 10 instances of the virtual analog synth Sprike. Electronic dance music, usually building on short loops arranged in ever changing combination, is relatively easy to create with Synfire. This sample was arranged in a few hours.

Orchestral Textures

Simple figures transform into rich textures: Synfire works with phrases that continously adopt to their environment and therefore undergo subtle changes all the time. This leads to many happy accidents resulting in a huge gain in productivity for film scores. (Read the entire tutorial here).

The Departure

Simple Input, Organic Output

This example is a demo showing how only a few short phrases can make up a dense and lively "hand made" texture that can make a great foundation for a song or soundtrack. (Read the entire tutorial here).

Rikko

Classical Phrases Used For Electronic

A piano piece by Claude Debussy ("Reverie") used as the basis for an electronic jingle composed with Synfire. This is an example how Synfire can be utilized for electronic music and all sorts of crossover styles.

Debussy Turned EDM

Crossing Genres

Starting point was this fragment based on a famous piece by Claude Debussy ("Reverie"). It was scanned, imported, cleaned up and rendered against completely different chords - those of of "Angel Eyes" - and processed with the Shift parameter, which creates a very human steal-time effect (rubato). Took around one hour to complete.

BEFORE: Reverie Revisited

Then the above motif was used as the basis for an entirely different style: This example is based on vocals that were originally recorded for techno. The arrangement follows the vocal melody (see next example below). This took only a few hours to make, although a decent mix would certainly take another day.

AFTER: Circles

Jazz Study

This study was built on phrases from the example library, rendered against an edgy oriental harmonic progression.

Jazz Study A

Make Arrangement Match a Given Melody

Here we had only a vocal take and nothing else. The rest was built around the melody with Synfire. Using the Harmonizer, a chord progression was found that matches the melody. Then the arrangement was filled with phrases (bass, drums, organ, E-piano, etc) and edited.

Walk In Space

Orchestra Again

This is a mockup of an orchestral score. It took about one hour to complete from scratch. Several motifs were analyzed and imported from Anton Bruckner's 7th symphony. Everyting was edited and transformed to a very large extent, so the original source is no longer recognizable.

PART 1: A harmonic progression with a chromatically descending bass. Composed and rendered with Synfire Pro and EWQL "Play" Orchestra Gold.

PART 2: Only a single parameter "Harmony" was replaced to achieve this result after 140 milliseconds.

PART 3: Again, only "Harmony" as replaced.

PART 4: The same texture, interpreting a single chord only (Fmaj7/D). This example demonstrates how Synfire Pro executes rich melodic lines without sticking stupidly to chord tones.

Massive Sound Wall

This is a great example of what the proper use of dissonance, tension and sound timbre can do. A cinematic sound wall composed and produced by Nevzat Yıldırım Sarıhan (soundcase.net) using Synfire Pro.

Isn't It

Morphing

Morphing allows for musical phrases to be crossfaded (blended) continously, resulting in new musical material that practically appears out of nowhere. In conjunction with other techniques that Synfire has to offer, one is able to build lively and complex compositions in no time.

This example is based on three piano phrases blended with the morphing technique. As a result the piano player seems to improvise new phrases all the time. The flutes were "borrowed" from a Bach concert and copied into this piece. They are playing in 6/8 time while the piano is in 4/4. The possibilities of what can be combined are simply amazing!