different noises

Discussion in 'Acoustic Keyboards' started by pete, Aug 7, 2020.

  1. pete

    pete Active Member

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    has anyone experimented with getting different noises out of their piano? I've been brainstorming different ideas, but I haven't figured out how I'd go about implementing any ideas to alter the space between the hammer and the string to make it happen.

    i never liked the middle pedal to bring the cloth down. that cloth just feels weird when you press the keys
     
  2. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Well-Known Member

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    Some VSTi already exist on that subject.. piano noises are often inserted on horror movies sound tracks..
    When doing noises, everything is possible.. please don't drag the piano on the street.. ;)
     
  3. paulears

    paulears Well-Known Member

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    Are we talking prepared pianos, or just different tones? If you use kontakt instruments I love the Una corda it's got such a great range of tones depending on how you play it.
     
  4. pete

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    i don't understand your question. it's a yamaha u3 though if that's part of what you were asking. i was thinking of how I could put any amount of different kinds of materials against the strings to produce all kinds of different sounds. that's what I was trying to describe

    https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/samplers/kontakt-6/

    is this what you're talking about?

    I'm totally new to recording. maybe that's why I don't understand your question.

    I'm also trying to figure out the mic that would suit me best for a few different purposes. i don't even know what to plug a mic into yet lol. i'm learning this stuff now. then there's software. i don't know where to start
     
  5. paulears

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    Er - there was a musical fad/clever smug idea year ago where to did things to perfectly good pianos to make them sound different. Felt, cotton fabrics between the strings and hammers, and the other way - drawing pins in the felt hammers, or pins in between the two or three strings so they jangle and alter the harmonics. Google prepared piano - it's a wonderful/evil thing to do. I mentioned Kontakt as it's a very popular sampler/synth production tool in a computer and rather than wreck a perfectly good piano - you do it in software.

    Many pianists try non-destructive things like light materials between strings and hammers, but physically getting the material fixed and repeatable is a real pain. Tell us what you have tried and what you want to achieve? We're guessing otherwise. Often you get a nice sound for playing, but it records really poorly. Do you want to record it at all?
     
  6. pete

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    yeah I'm not looking to damage my piano. I kinda like this thing

    yes I'd like to record. I want to record regular piano playing too. trying to learn a little about recording equipment so I buy quality gear for my purposes but I don't wanna pay for more than i need

    as for what I want to achieve with the noises I make, I don't know yet. I'm just looking to experiment. i've been playing classical music. just looking for more to do with the piano. seeing what other noises I can get out of these strings.

    I also want to record ambient noises and make noises with different objects to record and run it through audio software. again just experimenting and playing around
     

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