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Firework - Katy Perry.


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This is one of 5 I need to learn tonight. Not sure what I am going to do for the opening sound. I always seem to come up with something close but this might have met my match here.

 

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I need to be playing honky tonk piano again.

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Bro - is your band committed to duplicating that sound? I know some cover bands are, others are more flexible.

 

The big party band I play in is the latter - get the core of the song, the mandatory signature licks, get as many patches aces as possible...but some stuff I ain't gonna sweat.

 

The opening patch to Firework was one of those ain't gonna sweat..we only played it while it was big on the radio, and I used some pad I worked up on the Kronos...but since it wasn't recurring, I didn't sweat it.

 

Now, the string flourish on Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe is the signature of the tune. I ended up sampling it into the Wave to make sure it was aces.

 

Just my 0.02.

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I don't think the band cares much. It is more my OCD than the bands.

 

Thanks for the tip on the Call Me Maybe. I have have this one also. I can sample that into my Roland sampler.

 

Thanks a lot!

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Is someone going to have fireworks shooting out of their boobs?

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I can ask the 2 girl vocalists. We also have girl stage dancers.

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Long as you play those voicings in that rhythm , then I don't think the patch matters too much. It's not a very distinctive or hookish part. You could even do it with a bright piano patch.

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No I haven't. Thanks.

 

Listening to it now. I think this may be easy now. I can hear in my head 2 of my S90XS patches layered that should get really close. Might use Roland SN strings on the other parts.

 

Thanks again!

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Now, the string flourish on Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe is the signature of the tune.

What are the notes in that string flourish? I haven't been able to pull them out.

 

Sorry for the derail, CEB.

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I would love to know what ya came up with CEB. Timbre wise. I am usually quite good at guessing these type of patches but for some reason Katie perry tunes always seem to stump me. Somewhere on these forums I was informed that her producers use the plugs in pro tools and tweek with a digi designs ' from the box of tricks', approach.

 

Also with that darned carley ray thingy track!!! Those bloody flourishes !!!!!!!

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This is one of 5 I need to learn tonight. Not sure what I am going to do for the opening sound. I always seem to come up with something close but this might have met my match here.

 

[video:youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p_wNe9OtG8

 

I need to be playing honky tonk piano again.

You should be able to get close enough to this piano sound by applying a high pass filter (This is what I've done on a JV90). If you can further add a bit crushing effect, you'll be 90% of the way there. Add a little chorus and/or phasing and you've got it.

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I'd use an AP sound with compression and some chorus on it, adjust eq as needed to get that tone. I agree with the others- not a super important sound. I'd be more interested in getting the string patch that follows that part.

 

I always wanted to do this one in my party band but thought it might be a little dated by now.

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The string part is extremely easy to get close with modern ROMplers though. Any "purists" in the audience are going to be more easily fooled about the strings than the opening texture.

 

The Jepsen string flourishes could probably be mimicked with two sets of high and speedy sextuplets.

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