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Short composition exercise for piano.
Last post Thu, Dec 10 2020 by FRG, 3 replies.
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Posted on Tue, Dec 08 2020 11:44
by FRG
Joined on Thu, Dec 04 2014, Posts 38

Hello everyone, I have made this, "maybe" strange composition for piano with the lite version of the Synchron-ized special edition vol I

I would like to hear opinions, criticisms, everything possible to improve it.

My intention in the future is to orchestrate it to continue practicing, but I still don't know where to start.

Youtube Link: Simún-

Thanks for listening

Posted on Thu, Dec 10 2020 22:46
by Seventh Sam
Joined on Sat, Dec 29 2018, Posts 286

Hey there!  

Sorry about the delayed response.

Re: what you wrote on the other thread, I took a look/listen at your piano composition and noticed three things that I think could help.  Keep in mind that I'm no expert, so take my advice with the appropriate grains of salt 

1) I noticed that the velocity looked fairly even (in the 90-127 range) for all the notes throughout the track.  I would shape those to match the phrasing and articulation that a player would use.  (The borderline obscene amount of velocity layers in these Synchron Pianos makes this extremely powerful!)

2) The chords sounded quite even, as in the notes all sound like they're struck at the same time.  Unless the player is a robot, it's nearly impossible to play chords like this due to human error and the uneven shape of the hand.  So, to get a realistic sound, try varying/randomizing the start times of the notes as well as the velocities (your DAW should have "humanize" feature in the MIDI editor that can help with this)

3) If tempo mapping isn't giving you the timing you want, you can always try the trick Stephen Limbaugh taught me, which is as follows: press record and tap out the rhythm/feel you want on any key.  Then, after the fact, go in and change the notes to the actual notes of the music.  Now you'll have those notes of the music that conform to your tapped out rhythm, no tempo mapping needed!  I find this is helpful for rubato passages that are too difficult for me to play.

Hope that helps!

- Sam

Posted on Thu, Dec 10 2020 23:04
by FRG
Joined on Thu, Dec 04 2014, Posts 38

Thanks a lot!

The speed of the notes surprises me because I would say that they have a lot of variation, but I go back to review it.

It is true that the chords are quite rigid, I can record that myself and thus observe the imperfections.

That Stephen Limbaugh trick really is pretty cool, I'll put it to use, thank you very much.

Lastly, I don't know if this limited version of synchron piano has so many layers, I think so but maybe not.

And Yes, you have helped me.

Many thanks

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