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Maurice Ravel - Sonatine - I
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From: ex_hoot778 Date: January 26th, 2001 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Incredible, you put a lot of fealing into it. It gave me chills and not much does that.
What do you use to record? My wife has a digital piano but it is one of the lower models and doesn't have native recording capability. I've tried just using the midi port to my computer but midi looses way too much. I was thinking of buying her either a four track cassette recorder or one of the digital recorders and just plug in using the phono jacks from the piano. Have you used either? You get great sound in your recordings and I just have to know how you do it.
jarrett From: jarrett Date: January 26th, 2001 10:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I wasn't really thrilled with the quality of the recording. Piano music is so dynamic it's hard to get it at a good volume level. But thanks!

I start by making a MIDI recording of the music. I have an 81-key controller (a controller is like a keyboard that doesn't make sound, only MIDI) which plugs into my PC MIDI in. Then the PC MIDI out goes to my synthesizer. So as I play on the controller, the computer records every note, while also sending it on the the synth, which turns it into sound.

Working in MIDI at this stage is important, because I can do multiple takes and splice together the parts that sound the best from each take. I use Cakewalk Pro Audio for MIDI editing. The final Ravel is a mix of about 5 individual performances.

When I'm happy with how it sounds, I turn it into a wav file.

The audio out on the synth (two 1/4" phono plugs) goes to the line-in on my sound card (Creative Labs Soundblaster LIVE! Platinum). This is the only analog step in the whole digital process. I tell the computer to do a MIDI playback and a WAV record at the same time. So, the computer sends MIDI out to the synth, get's back sound, and writes the sound to the hard drive. Then I tweak the volume a little and encode it into an mp3.

So, as I press a key on the controller, it goes from controller to PC, PC to Synth, Synth to PC, PC to reciever, and finally, reciever to loudspeakers. Yikes! It's amazing that it works at all.

You and the wife have an open invitation to join us for dinner sometime. I'd be happy to show you how it all works.
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