Workshop showing how to come close to a given sound taken from a famous standard.
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.
Choosing a preset FXP
The first thing to do is to select the preset that will serve as starting point. Nothing comes really close so we we select here the D4 Classical AB preset.
Microphone setting and reverberation FXP
We start with microphone position. The original recording is almost mono so we place two microphones very close together (distance one centimeter). We select the Long Plate reverberation.
EQ, dynamics, hammer hardness FXP
We now adjust equalizer, dynamics, volume and hammer hardness. Because the original recording is highly compressed, we reduce the dynamics to 15 dB. We increase the hammer hardness, and adapt the EQ to the recording by increasing the 2500 Hz range and reducing the 4000 Hz range.
Tuning and hammer noise FXP
We increase the unison width parameter by a factor no less than 3 to obtain a similar detuning as shown by the original recording. We also reduce the direct sound duration to come closer to the compression effect of the recording and we increase the hammer noise.
We now leave the global settings and work on the final voicing by adjusting the overtones note per note in the midle range. That can take a certain time, depending on how close we want to get.
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.