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Sound Effects in Songs
« on: October 28, 2019, 01:49:38 PM »
When the title of a song or the lyrics call for a sound effect do you add it? I recently downloaded some of the MIDI songs and was playing along with Far Away Places where the lyrics are "the whistle of a train" and so immediately added a chord on the right hand to suggest it. Similarly for the tune Leaving on a Jet Plane I'd add a jet sound. What do other members think?

Offline andyg

Re: Sound Effects in Songs
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2019, 01:14:35 AM »
If appropriate, then yes, I'd go for it.

I've used surf in 'Ebb Tide' and 'Bali Hai', explosions and machine guns in a Bond medley, a whipcrack in 'Xanadu' and howling wind, thunder, lightning and horses hooves for 'Riders in the Sky'. I encourage my students to add in effects if they suit the piece, but never to over use them.

I was playing a bit of 'Far Away Places' this afternoon, but the way I play the piece would make the inclusion of the train whistle very much out of place.

'Appropriate' has got to be the watch word here! :)
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Offline Gloria

Re: Sound Effects in Songs
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2019, 01:31:49 AM »
Yes Henry, I agree, these "keyboards" are wonderful inventions; providing melodies, styles & sound effects; and as Andy G suggested;  "never over use them."


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Offline ugawoga

Re: Sound Effects in Songs
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2019, 04:35:18 PM »
Hi Gloria

I say go for it!! :)

Sound effecting only enhances the reality of a song and or adds creativity that puts your own stamp on it.
When I played the Beatles song  Octupusses Garden, i added an Octopuss, or what sound i would think it makes!! lol!! :-X :-\ ;D
Also when I done Seaside Shuffle i put a bycicle pump sound in the middle, the one that goes whoop whoop whoooooooooooop!!
Either use the sound effects onboard the Genos or make them yourself.
You could also buy a 24 bit sound recorder and really go for it, but there are many sound effects around .
Just grab an effect and turn to a wave file if needed and put them on the Pad section via audio input.
You can edit in Audacity to what length of sample you need.

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All the best
John :) :)
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