November 26, 2012
There are many digital audio workstations out there that can help you emulate the tones and sounds of live instruments to some degree, but only to an extent. After all, the human body is imprecise and classical musicians tend to impart some of their character into the pieces they play. This means that dynamics might be emphasized when there is nothing in the notation that would suggest to do so, or slight errors in timing might be present that are completely uncalled for. There is a subtle beauty in these types of mistakes that are made it is what gives music a human feel that we can instantly recognize.
For this reasons, DAWs have been created that only focus on specific instruments, such as Native Instrument’s Studio Drummer Software – which lets you fine tune your percussion with better samples and more variation to create a more authentic sound. Likewise, …
September 24, 2012
If a grand piano with a full set of keys puts you the proper mood, then certainly offerings from Yamaha like the DGX-640 would set you on the right path. On the other hand, there isn’t always enough room to haul these electronic instruments around – and anybody with an acoustic grand piano sitting in their living room can attest to the fact that their grandiose sound comes at a price of mobility.
If you’re a Sound Magic user, then here’s a tool for you. Sound Magic’s Piano One Special Edition is a neat addition that emulates the sound of a Yamaha C7 concert grand piano, with zero added weight.…
September 17, 2012
The virtual reconstruction of a legendary piano has finally been made possible by Sound Magic, and it’s called the Thor Version 1.5. The Thor was based off of a Steinway D piano, with the number CD443 – played by the talented Vladmir Horowitz.
Horowitz certainly had an intimate relationship with this piano, which was beastly in its size. The pianist never had the chance to be played out live in 1989, but still saw plenty of use at his private recording studios. The dynamics of this piano were faithfully reproduced in Thor 1.5, giving it the tone and contrast of its analog brother.…