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Old 03-10-2017, 10:28 AM
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I'm new to Composers Cloud and would like to get a bright jazz sound - like Bill Evans (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZelS5XJmStM). Any suggestions?
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Old 03-10-2017, 05:37 PM
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Insert an EQ on your VST track and tone down the lows, and bring up the highs a bit.

Also, make sure your composition isn't all down in the low registers.
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Old 03-11-2017, 12:43 PM
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Thanks, I'll give that a try!

I've been recording with the Ambiance off in Pianos Gold. Is there an ambiance setting that is best for jazz? I'm liking the Yamaha so far.
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Thanks, I'll give that a try!

I've been recording with the Ambiance off in Pianos Gold. Is there an ambiance setting that is best for jazz? I'm liking the Yamaha so far.
Probably a bit of experimenting ... listen to your favorite Bill Evans recordings, and emulate that sound. Jazz clubs are usually smaller venues, so you might want to use a reverb that is based on a smaller room (you can pick them from the Play menu).

Bill Evans was a phenomenal pianist ... part of his "sound" is his playing technique and intonation were are quite unique.
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Old 03-11-2017, 08:33 PM
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For EQ'ing piano (or any instrument!) I'm really loving the new PLAY mixer area and the 'FX' section with it's built in components.

Today I had to brighten up my chosen Piano from GOLIATH in a pretty 'busy' mix, and the built-in EQ worked beautifully. (...just find the right frequencies for you given mix situation that might need boosting for more brightness or ability to cut through other instruments in the mix)

Anyway, IMHO, the new PLAY is a great timesaver, sounds excellent, and makes life a whole lot easier.
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Old 03-12-2017, 02:20 PM
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Ah, I haven't tried the Play mixer yet. Will experiment there as well. Thanks!
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Old 03-25-2017, 03:46 AM
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A simple method that's usually effective is just to bash the keyboard a bit harder! ;-)
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