Okay, guys, this is just an exercise for me, but could be interesting for you, maybe:
I had this idea to resequence some of the tracks in CMI (mostly the ones with live players - top quality ones, including Michael Land himself on bass - since the orchestral pieces are just made up by good samples), to see what it's like to hear them in MIDI form.
I tried to capture every single note (man, even the errors, when possible), even with the limitations of General Midi (for instance, timbales have a great variety of sounds, even though they are just two pieces of drums, and General Midi has only got two sounds for them, high and low).
So far, here's what I've done:
Work in progress:
- Main theme (!):
Okay, well, this is a really difficult one, there's a great variety of instruments and hidden elements, so far I've sorted out drums, percussions (shaker and timbales).
Next thing I'm going to do is:
sort out electric bass, two guitar tracks (lead and rhythm) and two tracks of electric organ, so that I have the rhythm section done and I can sort out marimba (sounds almost identical to the one on SOMI, to me), steel drums, flutes, penny whistles, and a truckload of things I don't know I can reproduce with GM instruments, but I'll do my best.
What I'd like to do next:
- Cannon's theme in Part 1
- The Intro! (even harder than the main theme)
Let me know what you think, your opinion on this is really important!