An update on “As She Passes Through The Storm” The Grand 3 rework

I think I’ve managed to get the notes to sound like I want them in terms of how hard they’re hit and such, making it sound fairly close to how it was originally played. I got a pretty good velocity curve setup inside The Grand 3 now, that took care of most of it, and then tweaked a few notes that still didn’t quite fit compared to the original.

The problem I’m facing now is that somehow it sounds very “boxed in”. It’s lacking some “openness” and I’m not sure why, but I’ll take a look at that tomorrow and find a way to open it up again, making it sound like it should. 🙂


Just a quick update

Figured I’d write a little update on what’s going on.

For Prototype I’ve sent some MIDI off to Arjen Lead and he will get back to me with some examples of how to get a bassline to match the lead melody. It’s something I’ve seen talked about, having the bassline match the overall melody, but I have no idea what it actually means in detail – how to do it. Luckily Arjen is there to help me, so I’m just waiting for him to get back to me once he’s had time to look at it.

I’m almost where I want to be with the conversion of As She Passes Through The Storm to use The Grand 3, but there’s still a bit of manual tweaking to be done to get it to sound like I want and how it sounded when I was playing it.

But yeah, that’s about it for now… More soon! 😛

Converting “As She Passes Through The Storm” to The Grand 3

Looks like doing that will take a bit of work as there’s now notes that are “too hard” (because of velocity) and such, compared to what I was using before, so it just doesn’t quite sound the same as when I played it. Tried playing around with the velocity curve but couldn’t quite get it there, so manual work adjusting things seems to be the way forward at this point.

I’ll play around with it the next couple of days and hopefully have that final version ready very soon! 🙂

It’s another grand day today!

Why grand you ask? Simple; my Steinberg The Grand 3 arrived today! Time to make that final version 6 of As She Passes Through The Storm. =)

Steinberg The Grand 3

It’s time! Welcome!

I hereby open the doors to, well, this site… So uh, welcome! =)

What is this all about you might ask. I’ll tell you (I’m a friendly guy like that)! It’s a place for me to gather feedback and interest in my music (or attempts at music). The more in-depth reason you can find in the About section on the site. Basically I’m hoping people will join me on this ride that is me learning to create music – it’ll be fun for all of us, I promise! 😛

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New software for the studio

It’s been two interesting days in terms of new software for the studio (sounds weird saying that, it’s not really a studio, but whatever! 😛 ).

Yesterday I ordered The Grand 3 and it should hopefully arrive on Monday (it’s being shipped from England). Bought it through GAK as they had the best price for it that I could find. Very excited to get it and then I can also make the final version of As She Passes Through The Storm. 🙂

Then today iZotope and BT dropped the price of Stutter Edit to $99 until September 30 – didn’t have to think twice about jumping on that! 🙂 So if you’re looking at getting it as well, now is the time as it’s normally $249, so quite a good offer!

Those last two purchases also puts my total amount of money spent on software (since changing away from Reason) over 4000 euros. It really does add up quickly. 😛

Another thing was also ordered yesterday and that should hopefully arrive tomorrow… Fingers crossed! Never the less I’m sure you’ll read about it here as soon as I have it in my hands. 🙂

But now it’s time for a bit of work on Prototype!

As She Passes Through The Storm, a piano piece

Not too long ago I did something I haven’t done before… I sat down in front of my keyboard and just played whatever came to me – and recorded it. Up until now every melody I’ve made has been done by inserting notes using the mouse in the sequencer. I didn’t feel comfortable doing anything else and quite honestly I still don’t. Regardless there’s only one way to get past that and that’s doing it more – after all I’m not going to get better at it by not doing it.

It’s a pretty simple piece, because yeah, I have no idea how to actually play the piano. It’s in F minor to at least not just do something in C major and take the easy way out, but at the same time there’s no chords or anything in the piece, because I really have no idea how to play those yet. I know about chords and such, but I’m not in a position where I can play them on my keyboard. My fingers and brain just aren’t able to do that while playing a piece, I just don’t have the skill yet – that will require practice, and a lot of it (surprise!).

Despite it being simple (which isn’t always a bad thing) I think I got a pretty good result for a first try. The linked version is a reworked version (actually the 5th reworked version) where I’ve fixed the worst timing issues (there’s still a few minor ones, but so be it) and a few notes that didn’t quite sit well. I managed to stay within the scale during the entire time playing (I’d better, since it was so simple), but there were a few notes here and there that just kind of didn’t sit well in the progression, so I fixed those too.
Basically I did this because I thought the piece itself was good and deserved to not have all those little mistakes, especially the worst timing issues, taking away from it.
There’s also been some reverb, EQ, compressor and such changes made too.

It’s a fairly haunting and soulful piece I would say and was just played with my brain switched off while hitting the keys. It was played in one go as well, all 6 minutes of it.

I will admit that I’m quite happy with how it turned out, it being my first attempt and everything. More importantly it gave me more desire to actively do this more so I can learn to better play the piano and do more of these pieces, adding complexity and musicality as I (hopefully) get better. 🙂

I will probably release a new version of it once I buy The Grand 3, giving the piano itself a better sound. There’s also a few minor things I want to tweak, for instance with the reverb so it sits a bit better.

Anyway, here’s the piece!


You can download this song from Bandcamp for free (in 24-bit/96 kHz lossless if you want), albeit “only” the reworked version 4, as the 5th one is more an experiement and I’ll wait with updating the Bandcamp version until I make version 6 (with The Grand 3). Donating is also an option, but that’s up to you! 🙂