CS70 wrote:Yeah my idea is to actually write the midi (my mouse skills are better than my keyboard's) so the idea of automate the sustain sounds like one these little secrets which can make a lot of difference..
Dr Huge Longjohns wrote:Night and day. Hopefully a proper piano player might chip in?
I consider myself a proper piano player (for reference, not for promotion here's a piano performance of mine on an 'ok but not great' piano sound recorded live recently: https://soundcloud.com/eddy-deegan/recollection
) and having read through the thread a couple things that jump out at me.
Firstly, a low-quality piano sound played well is far preferable than an amazing piano sound played badly. Unless you're showcasing a specific instrument and want to show what it sounds like, on a piano music will sound 'better' when played well.
Secondly, for anything other than really simple music it's going to be extremely hard if not impossible to create a convincing piano part using a MIDI editor.
In order to play 'with feeling', the push and pull against the beat (if indeed there is a beat), the momentary pauses and the anticipated attacks are important. Equally so are the variations in velocity. Within some combination of both of these the result will sound mechanical and lifeless unless it's buried in a mix or used only to add texture to a larger soundscape.
A sustain pedal makes a HUGE difference and I consider it to be a fundamental part of the instrument as opposed to a controller.