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Uploaded a workflow video to YouTube

I've uploaded a video screencast showing my composition workflow for creating a simple snippet of music with Ableton Live and Synfire Pro. Descriptive text is in the subtitles. Be sure to enable english captions while watching the video.

More instruction videos to come. Subscribe to my YT channel for updates.

Composing music with Ableton Live and Cognitone Synfire

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My second video shows a progression being created using the palette, some "negative harmony" done by flipping chords "upside down" and a change in harmonic context being set up in a sub-container.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H28G9rVD2A4

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Hi, first of all, I want to thank anybody, who puts the effort to show, how things are made in Synfire.
But I have a request also. Please, make it possible to comment, what you are doing. It is very difficult to follow, what you are doing on the screen and in parallel read the subtitles. Always missing something and the flow is disappearing....
Unfortunately many of the Synfire tuts are made this way.
Don`t get me wrong, it`s not a complaint, because I really appreciate your work.

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Thanks for the videos HiEnergy ... much appreciated.

steberlin ... a suggestion  .... there's a program (Windows/Mac/Linux) called Google2srt ( https://sourceforge.net/projects/google2srt/ ) that will download subtitles from YT and convert them into the SRT format.  If you also download the video, you can rename the SRT file with the same name as the video and put them in the same folder.  vlc (and probably other players) should then recognise the subtitles and you can activate in the normal way.  You can then loop, play slowly, take snapshots etc as you wish while viewing the descriptive text.

I'm sure there's a more elegant solution than this.  A solution with discrete SRT files might help with translations of future tuts.

 

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Thanks for sharing!

iMac Retina 27” Late 2015, Logic Pro, StudioOne, Synfire, Notion, NI Komplete, Heavyocity, Altiverb, a mate (Ines) and two cats (Oliva&Spritz)

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Hi-energy

 I have reallly enjoyed the videos. The were very helpfyl, and gave me the kick to start exploring synfire.

I attached my first try, not any thing extraordinary, and absolute not your style of music. 

Thanks for your help Lottekoe

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My latest screencast shows the creation of a simple piece of music for two instruments from scratch.

This includes

  • creating a block chord accompaniment starting with the rhythm of a bass pattern from a library
  • enhancing and varying the accompaniment
  • adding a bass line as part of this accompaniment
  • adding and modifying a chord progression from a part of one of Synfire's example progressions
  • creating a melody by extracting a snippet of a theme by Mozart from a library clip
  • adding an ending in a separate container
  • changing the accompaniment for a totally different one
  • varying harmony and melody using phrases in separate containers

All of this is shown in approximately half an hour

Watch the video screencast at YouTube

As usual: Subtitles for explanations.

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@HiEnergy, Thank you so much for doing these videos. I found them incredibly helpful and learnt quite a few things from watching your workflow. Synfire is so deep!

 

Cheers, Simon

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One thing I noticed from your first video is your libraries of figures / phrases. I must spend some time to import phrases to convert to figures. It seems very helpful to have a custom library of ideas ready to drop into projects you are working on. Grrr, preparation & discipline I must focus on these things :)

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I've spent quite some time with sifting through dozens and dozens of MIDI files and harvesting usable material from them.

Synfire often creates hardly usable Figures out of complex material when left on its own to decide how to convert Takes into harmony and Figures. With lots of assistance and manual post-processing it's possible to harvest versatile and highly usable library clips from imported MIDI files, though. Wheat and chaff...

Those hours of preparatory work now pay off in a faciliated workflow when composing new music.

After my next few planned screencasts dealing with Live 10, I'll do some more on Synfire, then hopefully with proper narration (I have an ugly voice).

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