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The Destroyers

By Plantrain on September 30, 2018 10:10 pm

The usual suspects: ambience from the DSI Mopho, helped by the Kaoss Pad and the Yamaha FX500, drums from the TR505 and SR16 and Pianoteq piano. Must try to vary my choice of instruments next week :-)

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October 1, 2018 3:17 am

Chilled out and pretty.  You certainly do good work with this pallet of instruments. 

October 1, 2018 1:54 pm

Love that crunchy distortion tone and whispy ambience. 

October 1, 2018 2:35 pm

The initial ambience totally sets the mood for this track.  I always enjoy the piano sound you get out of the Pianoteq software.  If you don't mind me asking do they include a good amount of varied presets?  I've been looking for pianos that don't necessarily sound like your typical classical grand piano.  Like prepared piano or something Ólafur Arnalds might do.  Or did you edit one and give it some compression?  I love that sound!  That being said I also enjoyed those lil crunchy drum accents to give it some added mystery.  Well done!

October 1, 2018 2:48 pm

Suspenceful and (abstractly) chilling.

October 1, 2018 5:10 pm
Tone Matrix wrote:

do they include a good amount of varied presets?  I've been looking for pianos that don't necessarily sound like your typical classical grand piano.

It has several presets, though I'm not the best judge because I got into Pianoteq for that typical classical piano

Really beautiful piece. Those burst of noise over such a delicate melody... Eerie and ethereal

October 4, 2018 1:37 pm

It sounds like they're already done. Everyone else's adjectives certainly fit well.

October 7, 2018 10:43 pm
CosmicCairns wrote:

Chilled out and pretty.  You certainly do good work with this pallet of instruments.

rdomain wrote:

Love that crunchy distortion tone and whispy ambience.

Tone Matrix wrote:

The initial ambience totally sets the mood for this track.  I always enjoy the piano sound you get out of the Pianoteq software.  If you don't mind me asking do they include a good amount of varied presets?  I've been looking for pianos that don't necessarily sound like your typical classical grand piano.  Like prepared piano or something Ólafur Arnalds might do.  Or did you edit one and give it some compression?  I love that sound!  That being said I also enjoyed those lil crunchy drum accents to give it some added mystery.  Well done!


Each of the Pianoteq models have several presets, but most of them are fairly conventional. I bought the upright piano earlier this year to have a bit more variation available, but I still tend to start off from the grand piano "preset zero" and adjust my way from that. If you really want to go for a prepared piano sound I guess you can do that with the Pro version (it provides, among other things, individual settings for each key). I just have the regular version where you only can make changes to the whole instrument. You can still make some quite extreme changes there if you want to, but most of the times I've tried doing that I ended up dialing them back quite a bit when it was time to mix,. But it's always a fun thing to try.
I'm not entirely sure, but I think some of the presets in the standard version are created with changes that can only be done in the pro version. Usually I add some EQ and a little compression, occasionally replacing the built-in reverb and quite often adding a slight touch of tremolo.

Jim Wood wrote:

Suspenceful and (abstractly) chilling.

laguna wrote:
Tone Matrix wrote:

do they include a good amount of varied presets?  I've been looking for pianos that don't necessarily sound like your typical classical grand piano.

It has several presets, though I'm not the best judge because I got into Pianoteq for that typical classical piano

Really beautiful piece. Those burst of noise over such a delicate melody... Eerie and ethereal

Devieus wrote:

It sounds like they're already done. Everyone else's adjectives certainly fit well.

Thank you all so much!

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