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AndrewRemington

My Jan Hammer DX7 Tribute

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AndrewRemington

Hey pals!  Sorry I don't make it on this board very often.  Miami Vice is still my favorite show, though!

I thought you all might enjoy this song I made.  Last year I invested in a Yamaha DX7 synthesizer because I absolutely love the sounds it makes.  I especially wanted one because Jan Hammer used one a lot for his Miami Vice scores.  He used other synths but the DX7 is just purely magical to me.  It was used on a lot of my favorite pop and rock songs of the 80s as well.

Anyway, I make a lot of instrumental music (a lot of 80s-style horror themes) but I finally made a tribute to Jan Hammer (as well as Harold Faltermeyer, another favorite).  I think it would fit for a late night drive with Sonny and Rico!  Tell me what you think!

P.S. The drum machine I use is a Yamaha RX11 which is a drum machine that first came out in 1984.  I couldn't afford to buy a LinnDrum but I am very satisfied with the RX11 and it looks very good with the DX7 (see picture below).

 

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summer84

I like the tune and could definitely picture it playing in a MV episode. For instance the night scene in Lombard starting at the place where Crockett and Tubbs are tailing him, as he's leaving his yacht. Thanks for sharing with us! :thumbsup:

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AndrewRemington

Thank you!  Yes, that sounds like a perfect scene for this song!  I'm glad you like it.  I'm hoping to make more Miami-style songs soon...

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summer84
23 minutes ago, AndrewRemington said:

Thank you!  Yes, that sounds like a perfect scene for this song!  I'm glad you like it.  I'm hoping to make more Miami-style songs soon...

The instrumental for sure has that night time vibe/sound, as you also mentioned. Really fits well there. I just listened to your music again and played it while watching that scene in one of the streaming services, (kinda quicker than bringing out the DVD's), but anyway it's incredible, how the music ended right at the point, where Lombard's car stopped. And the "car driving effect", not sure, what it's called slowly faded out. Cool!

Would be great to hear more!

 

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AndrewRemington

Haha, I was just trying to sync up the song with the scene, too.  Pretty cool how that worked out!  That car driving sound is a preset on the synthesizer called "Grand Prix"... Always makes me think of "Florence Italy"!

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Dadrian

GREAT classic Yamaha sounds! Nicely done! Thanks for sharing! Keep 'em coming!

This would also fit on any of the "street scenes"--for example, when C&T are approaching Robbie's club talking to the bouncer on "Buddies". 

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AndrewRemington

Thank you! It's great to hear that from you because I really love your work! Your Jan Hammer covers are perfect and always spot on.

Yes, that scene would be another good fit for this song!

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James

Not bad... Good sounds, nice work! 

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Dadrian
7 hours ago, AndrewRemington said:

Thank you! It's great to hear that from you because I really love your work! Your Jan Hammer covers are perfect and always spot on.

You're welcome, and thank you! :thumbsup:

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AndrewRemington

Ok, pals, here's round two!  This piece is most definitely inspired by "Clues" and "Payback".

All DX7 and RX11 with added reverb, chorus and echo.

 

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Dadrian

Really cool, man. What's the name of the bell sound from "Clues"? I've forgotten after all these years. Also, what's the name of the pad? 

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AndrewRemington

Thank you!  It's actually "Harp 1" but it does have a bell-ish quality to it.  The pad is "Low Strings" but I added chorus effect.  Doesn't it sound close to the string pad for "Clues" and some others? :D I added "Clav Ens" to the strings hits as well to give them more attack.

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Crockettt

Great stuff! What's the name of the low sounds from the beginning of "Night Drive"?

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AndrewRemington

Thanks!  That's "Grand Prix".  It's supposed to sound like cars racing by (totally synthesized though).  I don't know if Jan ever used that, but I thought the sound of cars racing was "definitely Miami", lol.

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Crockettt

I mean the low chord sounds from the beginning :)

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AndrewRemington

That is "Clav Ens" (Clavinet Ensemble).  I love that sound... Very punchy and moody.  I'm sure it sounds familiar from many Jan Hammer songs, lol.

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AndrewRemington

I spent a lot of today recording and mixing this cover of "Dorothy's Theme"... I gave Dadrian Wilson inspirational credit in the description!  I don't think I would have attempted to tackle a Jan Hammer piece unless I heard his works!

 

 

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Dadrian

Man, I could listen to the DX7 all day! That pad sounds amazingly analog. Nice work! Thanks for the mention--I'm glad you enjoy my covers, and that we share an admiration for Jan Hammer's Miami Vice music. Keep it up!

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AndrewRemington

Thank you!  Yeah, I love all the sounds it makes!  I imagine Heaven is the sound of E. Piano 1 in the key of E flat, lol, but seriously.

It can make some pretty convincing analog sounds, especially when you get into using custom presets... But for these three songs I've shared here I only used factory presets.

 

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Jerry B.

Nice stuff, Andrew, very vicey sound!

You may also like some tracks in my signature ;-)

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Dadrian
1 hour ago, Jerry B. said:

Nice stuff, Andrew, very vicey sound!

You may also like some tracks in my signature ;-)

I don't see signatures on my browser. Could you please post some links? I'm assuming you're a musician, and you're sharing some of your stuff? Would LOVE to check it out. 

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Jerry B.
23 hours ago, Dadrian said:

I don't see signatures on my browser. Could you please post some links? I'm assuming you're a musician, and you're sharing some of your stuff? Would LOVE to check it out. 

Hi Dadrian, yes I'm an arranger and music producer. It's strange my signature doesn't show below my posts. I can see it.

Anyway here's the link to the tracks. They were scored and sequenced in 1989 as a pre-production material for a documentary (never released).

In 2015 I had the chance to recover the original midis and mix them down in my spare time with some gear I own now. Very rough mix and everything, just for the fun of you guys.

https://soundcloud.com/jerrybeck/sets

Enjoy ;-)

JB

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damrod

Cool

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Matt5

Good stuff:)

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Dadrian
4 hours ago, Jerry B. said:

It's strange my signature doesn't show below my posts. I can see it.

I'm sure I would see it on a computer. I'm looking at Safari on my iPhone. 

Nice work on the song. "Starcycle" vibe. :thumbsup:

Thanks for sharing. 

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