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Conga Beat Cover   [2013]

Conga Beat Cover Released by :

Release Date :
9 April 2013

Type :
C64 Music

Feel That Conga Beat

User rating:*********_  9.2/10 (20 votes)   See votestatistics
*********_  9.4/10 (10 votes) - Public votes only.

Credits :
Music .... Hermit of Samar Productions, SIDRIP Alliance, Singular

SIDs used in this release :
Conga Beat(/MUSICIANS/H/Hermit/Conga_Beat.sid)

Download :
http://csdb.dk/getinternalfile.php/116176/congabeat.exe.prg (downloads: 373)

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Submitted by CreaMD on 16 July 2013
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Submitted by TheRyk on 16 July 2013
This is still so freakin kewl :) Almost a pity you didn't hand in this one at the Cover Competition =)
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Submitted by Akira on 13 April 2013
Pure win!!
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Submitted by Hermit on 13 April 2013
I made a corrected version and replaced the old file with that, and now the bass should be heard much better. Actually the overall low-pass cutoff-frequency of bass was increased a bit...
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Submitted by Flex on 12 April 2013
I gave this one a try on our pub's band PA sound system.. Couldn't hear the bass-sound. :-o ??
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Submitted by Burglar on 11 April 2013
this would've been a serious contender for first place in the cover compo, versus Don't Stop Till You Get Enough of course, which still would've won ;)

anyway, awesome sid, great sounds!
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Submitted by Shinobi on 10 April 2013
Great cover, very well executed. I like this happy tune :)
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Submitted by Oswald on 10 April 2013
my wife recognized it in a few seconds, even tho her ears are not accustomized to sid :) approved.
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Submitted by psych858o on 10 April 2013
Well, I'm not a big fan of any type of covers, but this one is definitely top notch! Great work Hermit! Looking forward to hear your own compositions!
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Submitted by Linus on 10 April 2013
Hell yeah, great cover. I get a massive Outrun feeling out of it, lovely.

Regarding the bass - the lowpass filter is set too low in context to the kickdrum and other instruments. Starting with a relatively high Cutoff value and rapidly (like within three or four frames) going down from there to the current destination value would have helped imho. My Adam monitors say no :)

Nonetheless - amazing cover! Here is your 9 out of 10 :)
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Submitted by -$iXX!- on 9 April 2013
Fantastic piece.
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Submitted by Hermit on 9 April 2013
Whoever invented the sweep-bass first was a clever guy: Fast filter-sweep is a good (maybe many times unconscious) technique that always finds the audio equipment's resonance point at a phase, but at least the harmonics above the lower limit-frequency are hearable in some moments of the sound.
Sweep bass (generally downwards going lowpass-frequency, sometimes upwards or both) is a guarantee to the hearable, often fatty bass sound, so possibly that's why discussions regarding audio-equipment are rare here...
It gets risky only with unconventional trials for a bass sound, like my $31 waveform with a considerably low constant lowpass-frequency. I remember in Pimp My Commodore tune I had to increase the frequency, because while on real C64 and AKG601 ref.headphone it sounded fine, it was less hearable in VICE's emulated sound... so I increased freq.hi value from somewhat 2..3 to 4..5 IIRC... Interesting experiences...
As I assume, for bass-guitar emulation instead of sweep-bass an octave-doubling can be a workaround, or mixed filter-type (low+mid)...
($31 waveform is the closest to the real bass according to my trials, and it has rich harmonics so it still 'bits' ears after low-pass filtering...pulse with more/less than 50% duty-cycle can also be similar..fast pulse-sweep generates really fat basses, like in 'Golden Axe' or 'Syntax Error' SIDs, but that's not I'm looking for in live-bass style/timbre simulations...)
There are some good SIDs where there's no filter on bass at all, and they're used instead for good leads, so at least the rich harmonics of the bass is audible on every speaker...but it will never sound like a bassguitar when it's not covered by the music content on the rest of the channels.

Anyway, do we have any forum topic already about the very important 'sound-design' practices? It would be a good practical reference to the plain SID-reference charts... I'll check it out if there's any...
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Submitted by encore on 9 April 2013
Another impressive cover. Hat's off!
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Submitted by NecroPolo on 9 April 2013
I often wonder how times change. Stainless just gave a very clean and useful feedback that belongs to a general audio mastering discussion - and we are talking about a C64 tune here.

This machine with its limitations has always been a constant measure of awesomeness. Now we are using trackers with refined sound drivers that are capable of creating hi-fi synth sounds or in our case, a bass sound that you can throw gladly into your audio mix. It makes such a conversation absolutely valid. We also grew as listeners and developed some sense for quality.

Back in time when I started the first SIDs, all I had was a Russian made black and white telly that could be turned ony merely with hitting hard the right side. You kicked, it turned on. You kicked again, it turned off. Hells bells, man. Also it had a damped speaker beyond imagination. I tried to sound good on that telly so consequently some old instruments feel like icepicks to the eardrums in any decent speaker now'days. Well, times change :)
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Submitted by Cruzer on 9 April 2013
Feels like the summer got a bit closer!
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Submitted by iAN CooG on 9 April 2013
Wonderful execution =)
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Submitted by redcrab on 9 April 2013
This song feels like outrun music all of a sudden! Great work :)
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Submitted by Stainless Steel on 9 April 2013
Hermy : Indeed i was using cheap-o headphones :-D

Still missing the bass at home, with slightly better headphones.

However, awesomely faithful cover and great attention to detail. Hat's off to that. Something i never have the stamina for. I usually deviate far and away from the original material :-D
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Submitted by Cobra/Samar on 9 April 2013
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Submitted by Hermit on 9 April 2013
Hi, thx. for the nice comments.
@Stainless: On the studio-earphone it sounded fat enough for me, like a bass guitar, but when I listened it on cheaper 'Maxell' earphones the bass was really lost :( So it might be filtered too deep, this is something that I should be aware of next time...
(Maybe the original has octave-doubled bass as a solution to sound strong on lo-fi audio equipments too, like a cheap radio or cheap PC-speakers, etc.)
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Submitted by Stainless Steel on 9 April 2013
Good stuff, i miss a fat driving bassline underneath though.
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Submitted by NecroPolo on 9 April 2013
The sounds. The sounds!!!

Damn, man :) Brill stuff.
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Submitted by 6R6 on 9 April 2013
Sweet! Nice crisp details.
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Submitted by Mr. SID on 9 April 2013
Samples? :)
Anyway, awesome cover!
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Submitted by chabee on 9 April 2013
Ahh!!! Beautiful cover! Great instruments! Number one for me. Let your name be Cover Master :)

edited: sorry for the incorrect word :)
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Submitted by Yogibear on 9 April 2013
Especially like those percy instruments!
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Submitted by TheRyk on 8 April 2013
So do I! :D

Gloria Estefan ftw!
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Submitted by Groepaz on 8 April 2013
yes! my nephew loves you =)
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