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Old 21st May 2008 , 04:40 PM
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Question Late 80's/ Early 90's Piano Sounds

I'm working on 2 tracks that require
1> that a-typical lo-fi detroit piano/string sound (Derek May-ish?)
2> the cleaner 'rave' piano heard in the early /mid 90's on seemingly every house record of that time...


Anyone know what the original instruments were.. or how to get current day emulations pls?
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Old 19th June 2008 , 03:17 PM
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I would recommend you get the Korg Legacy Collection Digital Edition - http://www.dv247.com/invt/29951/

Most people used the Korg M1 back in the day.
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Old 2nd July 2008 , 06:06 PM
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Definitely M1 and you're right, heard on every early 90s track....

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Old 5th July 2008 , 11:02 PM
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yep the m1..you could either buy the korg digital as shown earlier or try out the refx nexus ..download the trial version or check out the audio demos the nexus is easily the best vst available im my opion in fact most dance music producers are using try it out here ..

reFX - NEXUS downloads

for hand up in the air type pianos check out the Peter Siedlaczek's Total Piano expansion my mate has this and you can use this with the included arpeg too get some amazing hardcore type piano riffs.
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Old 7th May 2010 , 02:28 PM
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Start with a nice bright sounding piano hit on full velocity. Grab a few simples from it maybe space an 6 semitones to an octave apart stuck through a hard compressor to bring out the attack. Also worth having a tiny bit of overdrive on the peaks to age them a little.

Load your samples into a sampler to make new paino instrument from them. Leave attack hard, sustain down a little with decay to enahnce the attack if needed and a fast release to kill off a bit of the natural ambience from the original piano so it isnt cluttered when played. May even want to try doubling up a pair of pianos - a nice concert grand with good tones that carry nicely on a reverb with a plinky upright for eg to get the brightness and attack.

Now get a PEQ new 2 or 3 channels depending on how much dip you can get.

Set one channel to band f=1Khz, q=.6 or so, and gain to between -12 to 18db.
Set another channel to low cut, f = about 120-160Hz, and tweak the q if available so you get a nice broad curve from 120 upto around 1Kh ro so gently peaking in the 2-300Hz region.

Finally you may want to add a little more skulpting around 2khz to create a half way shelf in that region, maybe similar around 500Hz or so.

Perhaps some further tweaking in the 6-10K region to bring out a bit more sparkle if needed.

When playing, maybe try playing an octave down from where you might naturally want to play something on an unabused paino and double up the root note or lowest key played on chord stabs an octave below to add some grunt.

Stick a nice reverb and delay on it - shake, stir and enjoy
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Old 8th May 2010 , 08:18 PM
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@Khazul Woah, awesome outlining my man.. An old thread but now worthy of a lil' stickette
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I should post when half asleep - for some reason thought it was a recent post else wouldnt have noticed it

BTW - forgot to add - sticking sample bit depth and/or rate reducer on the firstb stage sampling chain can help - 12 bit/32KHz is quite a decent starting point depending on you chosen bit trasher
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