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3: Keyboard Sounds

Luke Hendrickson

9:28 · Keyboards

In this lesson, Luke discussions the best way to maximize your keyboard sounds. He helps you identify what sounds to use in what moments.

3: Keyboard Sounds

Luke Hendrickson

There are many sounds when it comes to pianos. Huge grand piano sound to small upright sound. CP or heavily processed with overdrive and delay. You can also layer them together. Identify what sound is the best to use.

Luke plays through a program call Reason. It brings out different perspectives from the same piano.

He uses RV 7000 reverb within Reason.

Then you run it through a compressor, and on through an equalizer.

You must also consider velocity (or attack). When you hit a keyboard hard it has a bright tone. When you play it softly, it creates a darker tone.

Typically when you start a song you will start with a softer attack to build the song. A good song has the ebbs and flows, not just in tempo or types of sound, but the way you play those sounds e.g. a bright tone or a dark tone.

Using a filter to create a smooth dark texture may be more effective than just trying to play soft all the time.

Sometimes, more decay is helpful. If you filter in a long dark pad behind your piano sound it will create a lot of depth and room in the song. A pad can really strengthen the piano sound.

Layering the bells sounds with your traditional piano sounds will really add when you are building e.g. in a chorus or bridge.

The piano is the most rhythmic sound you’re going to be using, a lot of syncopation and a lot of rhythm. Pay attention to the tempo/metre of the song. Practice with a metronome and play with a click as much as possible to avoid timing clashes with other instruments in the band.