No matter how great a player you are, if you don’t have a great patch it isn’t going to come across right.
A lot of times the best pianos to play are the ones that don’t sound perfect. Often store-bought pianos are very bright in sound.
“The ultra pretty patch” – great for classical music. Perfect, the lows and high are really clean. You can play across the range and it sounds pretty and full.
“Fake sounding” – a sub-par example of what a piano sounds like. Can be great if your just playing a rhythm. Overall, for a patch this one isn’t great.
“Way too much character” – too distinguishable, anyone who’s played it knows what it is. Very clean and pristine sound. Winds up sounding like a toy – it doesn’t sound real or quite right. This lends to compensating and playing quite awkwardly.
The patch Ian prefers – has really lond sustain, gritty and dark, doesn’t sound perfect, not clean, almost distorted. This is the same patch he showed in number 1, “the ultra pretty patch” but it has been put through EQ and compression.
This patch does a great pattern-type sound.
Reverb has been added to the patch too. Reverb simulates the sound of a room. Reverb adds a little extra depth.
Use built-in effects. Add compression – turn the threshold down to low, turn the output up. You might need to take the EQ and darken the high end – from 3k on. Find a reverb sound you like that sounds vibey and cool – not perfect.