I didn't mention this to you folks, but it was SO strange...the day after I got GPO in the mail, an independent Christian ministry emailed me (I hadn't corresponded with them for over 10 years) asking if I could arrange a 30-second orchestral track that would have voiceover with it for their T.V. program. They even offered to PAY ME?!!
They had gone to Freeplay (see: http://www.freeplaymusic.com/search/...h.php?t=v&i=34) and picked out sort of a driving orchestral thing that was an example of what they were looking for.
So I finished recording 3 examples for them tonight and you can hear them at:
The first one is their voiceover going against the example Freeplay tune they had picked out. The other three are mine.
Keeping my famous "simpler is better" approach in my head, I first simply tried using solo trumpet with the "America the Beautiful" melody and it almost works perfectly. I then tried my own melody (that is basically a cliche rip-off of every solo trumpet soundtrack piece that's ever been produced). I then used the X-Sounds Full Strings KS (and keyswitched it to the most aggressive bowing sounds) and also used Percussion battery (for the snares and timps) and the same trumpet solo as the first 2 examples and QUICKLY (we're talking MAYBE 45 minutes total) created something that sounded close enough to the Freeplay track for her to get a feel for what I can do, yet is different enough to not be a blatent plagiarism.
I'm going to see if she likes the orchestral track (the 4th one on the page) and if so, then I'll massively clean it up and mix it much better and maybe even try a few variations on the trumpet melody within it.
What a cool thing to actually potentially make MONEY with GPO!! And it was SO SO EASY!!