[LAU] Piano composition - Lost Isle (& LV2 plugins)

fred f.rech at yahoo.fr
Thu Jun 23 10:41:06 UTC 2016

Le 23/06/2016 14:07, S D a écrit :
> A linux-audio-user member wrote me a message off list about the 
> recording of the piano piece Lost Isle that brought up a point I 
> thought others might find interesting.
> He wrote--
> > OFFLIST because it's -somewhere- critic!
> >
> > At some moments in lost isle,on the *forte* notes but not only the
> > lower notes tends to do it too, reverb seems too add some strange
> > and unpleasant harmonics, specially in the left side. e.g. around 0'44
> I responded--
> Thank you for the comments. The sound you hear at ~44 seconds into the 
> piece is an octave chord at a couple of the lowest C's on the piano 
> (which is why you hear it primarily from the left side of the stereo 
> instrument, where the bass notes exist at the left from a pianist's 
> perspective), played forte (accented, loud). The overtones you hear 
> are the result of the modeling of the copper-wire wound bass notes 
> which are actually present on a real acoustic grand piano, and are 
> heavier (add more overtones/harmonics) in smaller grand pianos such as 
> the Steinway Model B piano that is modeled here by Pianoteq, where the 
> actual physical piano is only between 5-6 feet from front to back.
> Bass notes on a grand piano are noted for the many and complex 
> overtones they have as a result of the wire coil wrapped around them 
> in order to provide weight and the lower fundamental tone (the actual 
> note frequency intended for that piano key) without having to tune the 
> string too loose or make it too long (some grand pianos make those 
> lower strings up to about 12 feet long to try to obtain a purer tone).
> In this respect, Pianoteq is actually modeling the grand piano very 
> precisely. It is not a mistake; it is the way a grand piano actually 
> sounds. :-)
> Thanks and best wishes,
> Steve
Thanks for this acoustic & physics piano lesson :)
I'm pretty sure than am not alone on the list to have a very little 
understanding of how & why a real grand piano is built.
Cool to reconnect to physical instruments in this sampled world!


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