Expensive synths with poor mono compatibility

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  1. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Akron/Cleveland, OH
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    I recently worked with a Sampled piano that was played with live tracks - drums, bass, guitars, etc.
    I found that narrowing the sampled piano's width, and then running it through a saturator plug with just a hint of wet in the mix ratio resulted in it sounding more cohesive and "natural" with the other tracks. I think it's also important to choose the right piano sample as well. For rock/blues, As opposed to using a 14" Bosendorfer or Steinway sample, you might want to consider a smaller piano, perhaps even an upright. While the "big" piano samples sound good on their own, and definitely have a certain wow factor, they're not necessarily the right choice for a rock track, as the wow part can work against you and distract you when listening to the whole mix.
    IMHO of course.
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  2. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Distinguished Member

    Jul 21, 2009
    Boston, Massachusetts
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    For organ chord stabs in a sublime/jack Johnson style tune, we played the keyboard through a fender amp and mic'd it close and ambient. It gave a nice edge to the sound. I can't say it sounded 'more real' but it did sound more like a performance in the room than just DI. Goodness knows what sort of cancelizations occurred, but I'm much more aware now than I was 5 years ago about that stuff.

    We got the sounds while the song was playing and so I think that was a big help in the mix, since we had a decent rough in.

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