I had finally finished a project made in Ardour (this time version 6), and I’d love to share it with you.
This is an old composition I made many years ago and had later decided to arrange in a “samba-jazz” fashion, in the vein of brazilian musicians like Toninho Horta and Nelson Angelo.
Production-wise I recorded the guitars with my Yamaha acoustic nylon-string. I’m playing only with my fingers, not using a pick. I thought it was more appropriate. Had to do a a few more takes on the solo, though
The drums were made with the x42 Drumkit plugin, which I used for the first time and had absolutely loved. Fantastic sound, very simple to use and nice GUI.
There’s a little synth made with ZynSubFx (something like that) plugin, which I had also used for the first time. I used General MIDI a lot in my past projects, and still like it, but Zyn has a great interface and I decided to take my first steps with it.
It was quite a challenge to make the drum parts, since I had never made a samba-beat before, let alone with a computer. I had to checkout some reference in YouTube and hear again some tunes I didn’t hear in a long time. I’ve ended up using a very basic kit with a shaker I played and recorded myself.
And this is it. I hope you like the tune, and if so, I’d suggest to checkout Toninho Horta or Nelson Angelo records, since they’re both artists who had adapted the jazz language to brazilian music in a very particular and beautiful way.
Here’s the link, abraços a todos.