Sunday, December 11, 2011

7notemode New Blog Site

Hello Everyone,

I'm trying out this Google Blogger site as a mean of supplementing the material I post on YouTube.  I have some learning material that doesn't really fit on Youtube as a post and I'm looking for other ways of distributing it.  Also,  I get asked a lot about jazz piano lessons and resources.  I think this would be a good way of sharing that info more generally.  I hope you enjoy, and I hope you find something useful here.

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  2. Do you still prefer the Galaxy Vintage D over the Ivory II? Or is the $319 better value overall because it includes three pianos? I'm mostly looking for the best Steinway, available. Or is there another software you found even better than these two?

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  3. I still end up using the Ivory Steinway more than any other piano. I like playing the Galaxy Vin D the best, but once I am listening back to what I already played, I prefer what I get from the Ivory. Actually playing and listening to a pre-recorded midi file are two different experiences. You can't go wrong either way.

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  4. Thanks for your quick and thorough response. I think you helped me make my choice. I'm doing small DAW recordings, so I mostly want the playback to sound the best. I've been using TruPianos for awhile now, but I was looking to raise the accuracy level. I heard another demonstration besides yours on Ivory and I was fooled into thinking it was a real grand.... ;-) I do have to admit that the Galaxy controlled by your CP300 sounded AMAZING!

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  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=s7rUycRsciY
    My favorite young superstar.

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  6. I've got Ivory 2 last month. I'm running it on Windows 7 Intel Quad-core and put the entire library on it's own Solid State disk for quickest load.
    I'm still working mostly with the Presets, but I'm quite sure I'm not getting the rich sound (like Geoffrey Gee's recording of "Beauty" on the Synthogy demo site) or close to what I'm hearing from your U-Tube work with the Steinway D. My controller is a Casio PX-130 that has USB 128 voice poly weighted keys - I think it's pretty darn decent. All my patches just seem thin. I put the Memory setting in the patch up to "Large" and voices up to 128, which helped. But, my patches still all sound too thin. Fooled around a bit with the EQ and Reverb in the patches but they don't treat my underlying problem of thin and naselly overall sound. I made a recording and used Softube EQ, Compression, and a little Reverb demo plugins to demonstrate all three of the Grands in the bundle. I have a small feeling that it might have something to do with my controller velocity settings, but it's hard to believe that it would make a big difference in the sound quality? You have written about using three compressors for your set-up? You've talked about playing Ivory totally dry for best response. But, I'd like to hear about how your getting a nice rich sound from the patches that I'm not currently getting at all. My recording demonstration is at: http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_12067775 I used EQ to try to knock out all the nasel, noisey, fizzy, tinny frequency portions of the patches, then some Rescue widenning, and then just a smige of Reverb. But, again, I think I should be getting a more superior rich, deep, full sound right from the patch source, itself. I would greatly appreciate getting some more details from your own set-up in order to help figure out why my sound is inferior. P.S. I'm using a PC DAW, called Mixcraft, and my processing is all VST plugins..... I'm not using any outboard gear of any kind.

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  7. The patch I use for playing is no eq, no reverb -- very plain settings. For "in Ivory" settings, try playing with the regular key set then playback using the II key set -- favors softer sounds. Play using a linear velocity curve, and playback using the "Hard 1" velocity curve. In other words, play with the velocity settings after midi is recorded. Also look and make sure you have no 127's (max midi velocity) in your midi file. If so, you need to change your Casio velocity setting for lower velocities.

    Once that's done, turn the Trim dial counter clock wise between 12 and 3 o'clock. This gives more variation of soft notes being dull, loud notes being bright. Put the soundboard setting to Medium Resonant 1 or 2. Turn down the hammer sound and turn off the pedal noise. I bounce a wav with dB setting at around 40 -- very dynamic but soft average level. Then I treat it like a any recorded piano track -- I use vintage compressors and EQ to warm it up. I like IK Multimedia T Racks vintage stuff, which I think you can get as a free demo.

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  8. Great tuning ideas - thanks. They're helping. I appreciate your thorough and fast reply.

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  9. Is there two Galaxy Steinways? I just noticed that there's a Galaxy Steinway II and a Galaxy Steinway D - former recorded at Galaxy studio and the later based on based on samples of Bauer Studios. I must be wrong about this?

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  10. Looks like I was right:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlf7Sqnj__8&feature=related

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  11. That's right. They did a regular steinway first then recorded the Vintage D, which I prefer.

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  12. I found your council to be extremely helpful - right up there with Synthogy support, itself. I followed everything you said to do and it really helped get the velocities straightened out more with my Casio. In fact, I had "set aside" T-Racks as a candidate for my mix/mastering suite after trying the demo a year ago. But, when you mentioned it above, I said, "umm.. why did I ditch it?" I better re-try it. I was delighted in how much better the latest demo was - especially the new Fairchild and Pultec emulation additions. LOL, it was on special sale and I bought it! All because you mentioned it above. :-) T-Racks was the perfect fit for me and the Presets are really, really good - especially the dual chan compressor one..... which I used on this new original tune:

    http://soundcloud.com/mark-wolff-musicworks/morningreflectiontune

    I really got inspired once I started hearing Ivory 2 sound like what
    I expected it to. On this tune, simple as it is, I'm using the Fingerprints Steinway patch (using your before and after velocity curve adjustments) with a dose of "Lush Pad" thrown in for some mild string sound. Then I polished it with the Fairchild 670 dual chan Preset from T-Racks. I'm getting nice feedback about it from my little audience.

    Pat yourself on the back.... you really helped a lot.

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    1. Hey, great playing, has a Jarrett vibe. That is a great sound you got out of Ivory....really nice. Glad I could help!

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  13. Oh, you are kind to say, "Jarret" vibe. :-) Got Lot2Learn to take a listen, too - he gave me a kind remark, too. I'm encouraged to do another one. Since you mentioned Jarret, if you've never listened to this cover of "Danny Boy" by him, you might find it to be one of the most beautiful solos you've ever heard: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbesyPby7P8 If I get ambitious, I would love to take a shot at it. I'd be interested to hear your cover of it some day.

    http://soundcloud.com/mark-wolff-musicworks

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    1. Whoops, forgive me on leaving off one of the "t"s on "Jarrett". ;-)

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  14. Thanks for the SoundCloud connect - it's a privilege. Of course, I liked both of your tracks, a lot. Did you get mail alerted of my re-post of "Morning Reflection"? I made some adjustments on a few note velocities (peaks) and tried my new T-Racks White 2ALA dual-chan compression (which it opto style). Lowered string vol and few other minor things. If you get 2 minutes, can you compare them with you ears and tell me which version you like, better? http://soundcloud.com/mark-wolff-musicworks/

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    1. It sounds nice. My preference is actually the first one (calmer overtones). In general, I think the Black works better with the Ivory Steinway, the White with the Italian Grand b/c of overtones. That is just my preference, and not a right or wrong thing. My preference would also be a lighter touch on the compression of both with shorter release. This would let the notes decay a little faster and would let some air in the sound. just my 0.02.

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  15. Geeze, I re-listened to both today. You're right...... the first one is way better - way sweeter. Recording processing always sounds different the next day. I totally agree with you on your comments. In fact, I'm removing that new one from Soundcloud, now. Since you're using T-Racks, would you be willing to let us know which Presets are your favorites? And, do you modify them (like shortening comp release)?

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  16. This is sick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY0QZ_hbNMw&feature=related
    This is the most amazing trio tune I've viewed in 2012.

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    1. I had not heard that track. Thanks!

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  17. I posted a new recording on SoundCloud using Synthogy Steinway with the T-Racks Fairchild compression and used NI Battery for the drum part. I'm moving onto a jazz tune to change genre for the next one. Mark Wolff Musicworks - fyi.

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  18. Hi, you might be interested in a listen of my own attempt to channel some Bill Evans solo styling on my trio arrangement of "Alice In Wonderland". I'd be curious to hear your feedback: http://soundcloud.com/mark-wolff-musicworks/aliceinwonderland I used the Synthogy Bosendorfer with the soft keyset. The stand up bass is NI's Kontakt's bundled freebie.

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  19. http://soundcloud.com/mark-wolff-musicworks/alice-in-wonderland

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  20. Hi 7notemode,

    Rebuilding Tenderly with help from your excellent tutorials. Copying the transcription not easy; eventually two halves were printed and then joined !

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  21. Hello again,

    Did you receive my message re. Laura ?

    Am rebuilding this classic and would love to obtain a transcription of your tutorial.

    Trust you were inspired by your stay in Paris. Are there still jazz clubs there?

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    1. Paris was great.. a jazz free trip though...full on tourist mode.
      Sorry, I don't have a transcript to Laura. I don't do transcripts myself, so I'm limited to what other people share with me. I have tried just doing a data dump of the midi to transcription, but it is not even a little bit helpful (indecipherable). The digital keyboard is my workaround to at least show the notes played. Sorry about that :-)

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  22. I do agree with all the ideas you’ve offered in your post. They’re very convincing and can certainly work. Still, the posts are too short for starters. May you please lengthen them a little from subsequent time? You can read by post named "Why you should select a best website to Buy SoundCloud Plays" . Thanks for the post :)

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