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Examples

Synfire is completely agnostic to sounds and style. Providing music examples for Synfire is much like cooking example meals for a kitchen. The food doesn't really say much about the kitchen. Anyway, here are a few examples we have built for testing Synfire's features.

Songwriting

Let's start with a pop song. The chords were picked from the Palette. The melody was originally improvised along the playback and later refined by modifying and transforming Figures. Synfire was a great help while trying dozens of different bass lines and instrumental phrases. Instrumental melodies were sketched with broad strokes. Vocals by Solaria, lyrics human-made.

Only an hour later we finished this piano version by dropping phrases from a library and tweaking them.

Leaving Orbit City

Cinematic build-up for piano, brass and hybrid instruments. Composed from a hand full of phrases, manually edited and tested with different harmony progressions until this came up.

Snippets

This piece was prototyped in real-time using Snippets. Like all examples here, it is not a finished production. In fact your production will start from here.

Phrases As Starting Points

Just one or two phrases can get an entire song started from scratch. This example takes two phrases generated by Factories that were taken from the Example Piano library (The Pale Rider, Entangled Lines), splits them by symbol type and uses the resulting lines for different instruments. Listen to the generated phrases first, then a few parts that were arranged based on them.

This rudiment was arranged a bit further and has evolved to become the example track The Pale Rider .

Natural Phrase Synthesis

Generative factories do not make any assumptions about genre or style. Their internal rules are universal and the range of expression is vast. You will never get clich├ęs or stereotypes, except by pure chance. If you want standards like reggae, boogie, or bossa nova, you'll probably get results faster with an auto-accompaniment arranger keyboard. If you want striking and memorable expressions as building blocks for your work, use Synfire. Here is a medley of generated phrases (that happened to fall into many different styles).

Tip: The parts of a piano phrase (left hand, right hand, chords) can be played by different instruments. A simple trick to build consistent textures or patterns that may become the basis of a great song. With Synfire Pro you can generate thousands of phrases and render them against as many different chord progressions.

Atmospheres

This atmospheric opening is based on a few very simple phrases and a Factory-generated harmony progression. Sketches like this can be done in under 30 minutes if you already have an idea which sounds you want to use.

Another variant with a slightly altered Harmony parameter, a refined melody, and all electronic sounds.

Electronic

This example features 10 instances of the virtual analog synth Sprike that you can download for free from our site. Electronic music often builds on short loops arranged in ever changing combinations. This is relatively easy with Synfire. This piece was arranged in a few hours.

This piece also lends itself to real-time arrangement using the Snippets feature (Express, Pro). Snippets are somewhat similar to live loops in a DAW, except Synfire can render them against any harmony you select during playback.

Developing Grooves

Rhythm is more than drums. Dropping phrases from a library on instruments in a simple arrangement ensures that you can test variants quickly and find one that works best for you.

Acid Jazz

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

Compose Around 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

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). The piece also features a very unconventional key change near the end that was a pleasure to compose using the Palette feature of Synfire.

Rikko


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