Thursday, December 20, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Ivory II Steinway American D: Great new sampled piano

Ivory has a new instrument: The Ivory II Steinway American D. I have loaded a comparison of:

Ivory II Steinway American D
Ivory II Steinway German D
Galaxy Steinway Vintage D

These are my three favorite sampled pianos.
To my mind, the American D contrasts with the German D in the following ways:
American D:  has more wood and sustain to the tone.  It sounds as though it has some age on it.
The German D has a crisp, new piano, string oriented sound that is silvery and delicate.
The American D is slightly more mellow and the image seems a bit more "close up" compared to the German D.  The American D has a more percussive "Pop" to the attack on the high velocity notes, which is very nice.

If you are interested in the details, I recommend downloading the files. Soundcloud only streams 128 kb/s mp3's, but the download is a 256 kb/s mp4, which has more detail. I'll add a demo to youtube soon.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Improvisation in C (home recording of Steinway B)

This is a spontaneous improvisation from last week.  It is fairly simple and straightforward, but it felt as though I got to something real.  I hope you enjoy it, and feel free to download it from SoundCloud.  I did it just before recording The Blood Will Never Lose It's Power, which I posted to YouTube.  I'm trying different recording techniques for my acoustic piano, so the sound is a bit different.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Tutorial: Willow Weep for Me (download video)

Above is the performance of Willow Weep for Me.
Below is the tutorial for Willow Weep for me
Here is a link to the tutorial for download.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Improvisation in G

This is a spontaneous improvisation recently posted to my YouTube Channel. I put up a higher quality mp4 (AAC) file on sound cloud for download. This is one of my favorite things to do... improvisational playing. For me, it really requires a relaxed mind and a letting go of intention.   The vintage piano sound by Ivory is tops and very mood evocative to me.  I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed playing it!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

What Kind of Fool Am I: Galaxy & Ivory Comparison

I posted this video to Youtube today. These two audio tracks are more of a real world comparison of Ivory and Galaxy pianos. I used the same midi file for both renderings. I played the midi file on a Yamaha CP300 using the Yamaha's internal sound while playing. I then fitted the midi file to the velocity curve of each piano. On both, I use as little "in program" processing as possible. I bounce to 24 bit audio track, and then I use that audio track like any other recorded piano. I manipulate it to enhance the sound as best I can. I use a number plug in's such as EQ, compression, reverb to get a particular sound. In this example, I tried to get the Vintage D to sound similar to a Bill Evans solo piano recording. For contrast, I gave the Ivory a more distant, classical sound. I connect to both of these pianos and find each very useful in different situations.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tutorial: Here's that Rainy Day

Here's my new post of the Tutorial: Here's that Rainy Day.  The recording process was glitchy because of some new plugin incompatibilities that I will have to figure out.  B major is a challenging key to play in, but it's worth doing just to stretch  outside my usual comfort zone.  I tend to make different melodic improvisation and harmonic choices based on what key I am in.