Workshop showing how to come close to a given sound taken from Jazz music.
Target recording MIDI file
This is the recording we want to simulate. For copyright reasons, we present here only a short excerpt which is enough for our purpose. Note the beautiful 'singing' quality of the unisons, as well as the nice sustain pedal resonance.
Choosing a preset FXP
The first thing to do is to select the preset that will serve as starting point. We choose here the D4 Jazz AB preset.
Microphone setting and reverberation FXP
We start with microphone position. The original recording is (almost) mono. We don't want a 100% mono sound (we want some 'air' when listening with headphones) but we want it to be close to the original, so we choose to put two microphones just a few centimetres/inches away from each other and close to the piano. We select the Small Hall reverberation.
Next, let us adjust velocity, dynamics and volume so that the MIDI file we have at our disposal shows a similar soundscape as the target recording. We don't care here for the difference in performance, we are just trying to catch the atmosphere.
EQ and hammer hardness FXP
We now adjust equalizer and hammer hardness. We want a crisper sound, so we increase the hammer hardness.
Sympathetic resonances FXP
The original recording clearly shows a lot of resonances, so we do not hesitate in increasing the sympathetic resonances by a factor 2. Time to notice the resonances in action during the typical repedalling on the two sustained chords at the beginning.
Tuning and hammer noise FXP
We increase the unison width parameter by a factor 2 to obtain the same 'singing' unisons as we can hear in the original recording. We also increase slightly the direct sound duration and reduce the hammer noise.
We hope that you will find the few tips given here helpful. There are of course many other parameters that can be adjusted but that we did not do need to adjust it in this example. Your turn now! Do not hesitate sharing your creations in the Pianoteq user forum.