Your Basic toolkit when creating your sound:
- Typically you want to compress your piano sounds to create sustain.
- If you don’t compress it’s going to have a spike in audio and then decay quickly.
- The compression almost makes the decay sound as if it’s growing.
- Compression adds fluidity to your playing.
- Compression helps smooth out your playing, especially helpful when you don’t play perfectly.
- EQ shapes your tones.
- It enables you to work together with the band to really fill out the overall sounds you’re creating.
- Luke demonstrates taking out the both the high and low ends of the audio.
- Filters are very closely related to EQ.
- Luke demonstrates the Low Pass filter, this filter removes all the high-end and only allows the low end to pass through.
- Almost every modern pop song will filter the instruments in various parts of the song.
- The filter will create tonnes of dynamic and emotion to your song.
In a verse you will typically have a dark pad, it’s there to create the atmosphere and foundation. In the chorus you want to add dynamics to the song, so you open up the EQ. Verse 2 you would bring it back down again. In the bridge, make it really bright and add another layer in there.
- Reverb makes the piano sound a lot bigger and wider.
- Reverb can be added to a pad, or a CP80 to make the sound wider and more dynamic.
- Luke demonstrates how to use delay in conjunction with the other tools.