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musicworld1



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Best Reverb For Solo Piano ??? new
      #1031005 - 29/01/13 12:36 PM
Hi

Just looking to gain suggestions about what convolution reverb type should be used for a solo piano album, (slow piano soundtrack type) I've taken examples from other piano works and the spectrum is wide ranging from small rooms, concert halls to recording studios. I no it's a case of personal preference but in general what is the standard environment for recording solo piano.

I'm looking at EastWests Quantum Leap Spaces CR plugin, can anyone recommend this ?

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Re: Best Reverb For Solo Piano ??? new [Re: musicworld1]
      #1031009 - 29/01/13 12:46 PM
Look at Altiverb and the Lexicon collection. Altiverb is convolution whereas Lexicon is that unreal Lexicon sound and I'm a big fan of the latter!

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Re: Best Reverb For Solo Piano ??? new [Re: Richie Royale]
      #1031011 - 29/01/13 12:52 PM
I agree with the above (though Lexicon *still* lack a 64-bit version - hmmm...), but it depends what DAW you're using. Cubase's Reverence is well up to the mark for a convolution reverb, for instance. You may not need to spend any money at all!

So what DAW do you use and what do have available to you already?

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Re: Best Reverb For Solo Piano ??? new [Re: musicworld1]
      #1031014 - 29/01/13 12:58 PM
I think Reverance is pretty good as well, but obviously it is platform specific.

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Re: Best Reverb For Solo Piano ??? new [Re: musicworld1]
      #1031015 - 29/01/13 01:00 PM
Quote musicworld1:

...in general what is the standard environment for recording solo piano.




I don't think there is a 'standard environment', but in general, I'd go for a largish bright but woody/warm sounding reverb. A real concert hall convolution space might be a good start, or a nice rich Lexicon concert hall emulation.

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Re: Best Reverb For Solo Piano ??? new [Re: musicworld1]
      #1031032 - 29/01/13 02:15 PM
Quote musicworld1:


I'm looking at EastWests Quantum Leap Spaces CR plugin, can anyone recommend this ?




Yes! It definitely contains a number of impulse responses that would work very well for solo piano, especially if you want something a bit more characterful and warm than you sometimes get from convolution.

Flux's IRCAM Tools Verb is a very nice algorithmic reverb that would work well on piano -- much more convincingly 'real' than the Lexicon I think.


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Re: Best Reverb For Solo Piano ??? new [Re: musicworld1]
      #1031045 - 29/01/13 03:51 PM
Check out Michael Carne's Phoenix - this sounds like a convolution reverb but its not! Excellent for your application, I think.

http://www.exponentialaudio.com/PhoenixVerb/PhoenixVerbKeys.php

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Re: Best Reverb For Solo Piano ??? new [Re: Hugh Robjohns]
      #1031176 - 30/01/13 01:11 PM
Quote Hugh Robjohns:

Quote musicworld1:

...in general what is the standard environment for recording solo piano.




I don't think there is a 'standard environment', but in general, I'd go for a largish bright but woody/warm sounding reverb. A real concert hall convolution space might be a good start, or a nice rich Lexicon concert hall emulation.

H




I agree - I almost always revert back to a warm hall 'verb from my lexicon, after trying new settings.

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Re: Best Reverb For Solo Piano ??? new [Re: musicworld1]
      #1031187 - 30/01/13 02:12 PM
Thanks for the feedback. What would anyones take be on recording the piano position? options are between Player and Audience, Player giving an upfront feel as if sat at the piano, whereas Audience gives a more laid back sound as if centered in a room, both are nice effects.

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Re: Best Reverb For Solo Piano ??? [Re: musicworld1]
      #1031192 - 30/01/13 02:34 PM
The engineer I work with ( Shuta Shinoda at http://www.tinroom.co.uk/engineer/ ) has been using a variety of 80s and early 90s hardware boxes on my piano recordings recently. I recall seeing a a Yamaha... I think it was a SPX990 and a dodgy looking alesis box. However the mixes sounded fantastic and really captured the retro vibe I was after.

Maybe think about linking the reverb to the concept for the collection. A really rich, warm reverb might not be appropriate for the project or it might be perfect. What kind of vibe are you after for the soundtrack project?

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