Cee Lo iPad Cover

// April 1st, 2011 // Music, Video

Well, I started this within 4 or 5 days of my Katy Perry iPad video, and it took my until now to finish it. Honestly, i was like 85% finished about 3 1/2 weeks ago, but I just couldn’t find the spare time to get that last little bit in… until this morning.

This song is way more intricately arranged than the Katy Perry song. Significantly more time went into figuring out how to replicate all the instruments I heard, especially in regards to figuring out what sounds to use for each one. Turned out that the best sound for that one shaker part was the salt-shaker app.

I ended up splitting up the piano part into two different apps, as it was too difficult to try to squeeze all my fingers onto one and play it the way that was needed to play. And the guitar strum, well… there is no good way to strum a guitar on the iPad, so I put some delay on the fake guitar sound and played it as you see in the video. The delay kind of makes for a good “strum” sound. Kinda.

I was really stumped regarding what sounds to use for the vocals. I ended up settling on the NES video game sound, and decided to play it on the game-pad instead of the keyboard (which the App offers). But since I couldn’t switch octaves fast enough, I split the melody into three parts which I played separately. You see, the Cat piano doesn’t have the option to change octaves, so luckily all of Katy Perry’s song stayed in the same octave. Cee lo… not quite the same.

Unfortunately it’s been so long that I’ve even forgotten one or two of the apps I used to make it. Except for, obviously, the panda piano…

NESynth – http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nesynth/id323362982?mt=8
Salt Shaker – http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/salt-shaker/id303186136?mt=8
Music Studio – http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/music-studio/id328608539?mt=8
Drums! – http://itunes.apple.com/app/drums/id311549739?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2
Synth – http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/synth/id364905862?mt=8
Magic Piano – http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/magic-piano/id356416346?mt=8
Tambourine! – http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tambourine/id343819796?mt=8
Dog Piano – http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dog-piano/id322005897?mt=8
Panda Piano – http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/panda-piano/id368328295?mt=8

2 Responses to “Cee Lo iPad Cover”

  1. Anne P says:

    Wow. This is REALLY cool!

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