Libraries and mixing for a solo piano "classical" track

Discussion in 'how to make "that" sound' started by trosdetio, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. trosdetio

    trosdetio Newbie

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    Many recommendations seem to be for beats/pop mixes with other instruments (where possible shortcomings are smoothed out), or calm, ambient piano with lots of sustain.

    In these, the piano sounds very well, but if i try something quite different it sounds fake. I'm talking about things like 19th-centrury classical music (Rachmaninoff, Chopin), or some kinds of jazz. Some staccattos, sforzato chords, fast passages, and extreme registers don't sound convincing.

    I used to run IS's Fazioli, plus some reverb with Reaper and it seemed fine to me. Then I saw that Kontakt Bechstein lib on the sister site, and I though it'd be an improvement, but it sounds 'metallic', not real enough even after touching all the knobs (the chords and extreme registers sounds worse).

    Maybe the Fazioli actually sounds fake too, but I just got used to it. Many people seem to favor Alicia's Keys, but I found it unconvincing, too.

    Anyone with experience on solo piano tracks?

    Thanks!

    Edit: I also used Kontakt's The Giant, and I also found it unconvincing. The cinematic samples are cool, but I use them for another kind of tracks.
     
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  3. Aileron

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    Yes, compression (and the inherent sustain) kills piano - although it is easy to understand why it is often resorted to. The Bechstein may be adaptable by application of some hi-mid/hi roll off. The Abbey Road Upright pianos may be less suited for classical performance, but they allow a nice natural (non-compressed) setting.
     
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    There's a nice piano in Keyscape, also available for Kontakt, C7 CINEMATIC PIANO - BY CHRISTIAN JOHN, very authentic imo
     
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    These libraries sound sweet and delicate to my ears. Just sharing:

    Spitfire Gwilym Simcock Felt Piano
    Orange Tree Samples Evolution Rosewood Grand :)
     
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    Thanks! I'll try to use a roll-off.
     
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