And about time as well! But yes, I’ve released the final version of As She Passes Through The Storm now and it’s free to download (with the option to donate, if you want)! The download will allow you to get it in lossless quality, which means 24-bit/48 kHz for this piece, but “normal” compressed formats are available as well (that’s the wonderful thing about Bandcamp; you’re given the choice of format you want, which includes lossless as well).
This piece is the first (and so far only) thing I have ever just played using my MIDI keyboard. It’s played in one go – just me going at it. This also means that it’s not the most complicated or structured piece, but even so I think it has a certain something to it, despite its simplicity. It also means that it has a few minor timing issues, but so be it. It IS after all the first time I’ve ever played the piano for real (remember that I have no idea what I’m doing – just trying to learn 😉 ), so of course it won’t be perfect.
I will go over the technical aspects of the track below, but before that you should give it a listen! 🙂
As She Passes Through The Storm (The Final Version)
Think I’ve mostly got everything sorted out for that final version, however right now I’m having a bit of an issue with some distortion, mainly in the upper frequency range. It’s not very audible, but it’s there. Not sure where it comes from, but it might be the exciter module in Ozone 6. Regardless I obviously need to get that sorted before I can release the final version. I’m looking into it, but it takes a little while to properly find the cause and fix it.
Oh yeah, I upgraded to Ozone 6 a week or so ago, since they were having a sale on it, so figured I might as well… 🙂
Well, not really… At least not in the sense that I actually managed to finish that final version.
I kind of got distracted by Surge and what not. However there’s no reason for me to not just do the few last bits needed and get that final version done. I aim to have it out before 2014 ends – then I can also stop having it poke me from the back of my mind. 😛
I’ve been working on finishing the final version of As She Passes Through The Storm and it’s almost there. I’m just spending some time listening to it and making sure I catch all the minor stuff that I want to fix. Since I’m making this the final version, I want to make sure I don’t have to re-visit it and make a final final version. 😉
But in essence I hope to release the final version of it very soon.
Let’s start with the Jeff Kurtenacker CD: I received a CD he composed called Images of RMNP yesterday (autographed as well, thanks Jeff!) and I was blown away listening to it. Just an amazingly wonderful emotive journey, perfectly crafted by Jeff. I want to urge you to get your hands on it, because it’s fantastic! Right now there’s even the chance of getting an autographed version as well, if you hurry. You can grab that directly from Jeff’s page.
It’s a joint project between him and his friend, photographer Erik Stensland, who has taken some amazing photographs and created the base for the project – a project that resulted in some wonderful music as well.
New content? Why yes, indeed! I obviously got inspired by what Jeff created and wanted to make sure I could still not create anything remotely like it, so I went into Studio One and fired up The Grand 3 and Hollywood Strings and, uh… Did things. Just messing around and trying out different things, but I do have a nice little start going, I think, and you can listen to it below.
Untitled (WIP 01)
Regarding As She Passes Through The Storm I’ve come to a point where I’m considering just keeping the piano as it is, meaning the version you’ve already heard, and just adjust the reverb and such to make it sit as I want. Reason? I’m not really getting the same feeling from it using The Grand 3 – the conversion is basically a lot more tricky than I thought, and I seem to always end up with a result that’s not quite where I want it to be, compared to the original and how it was played. So yeah, it would probably just make the most sense to not try to fix something that’s not really broken. 🙂
Haven’t had the chance to do much work on As She Passes Through The Storm, but I did manage to solve the lack of openness in the track. In doing that though I need to adjust some note velocities again. I got the velocity curve pretty well dialed in again, but there’s still notes that aren’t behaving as they should. 😉 Basically the main problem is that the hammer hits are much more audible in The Grand 3 and that changes the tone of the piece. Obviously by playing the notes softer you also reduce how loud the hammer hits the string, but it does make things a little tricky because I also have to be careful not to go too soft on all the notes, as that again will change the tone of the piece. So yeah, there’s a bit of fiddling left to do still. 🙂
As for Prototype I received some bassline examples back from Arjen Lead today, so huge thanks to him for helping me out (again)! I will go through them tomorrow and figure out things (and probably bug him later because there’s stuff I don’t understand ;)) and start to progress further with the track.
I’ve had a piano piece brewing in my head for the past few days as well, so it’s likely I’ll jump on that, possibly tomorrow, and get it made. 🙂
I’ve picked up Serum (a synth) and looking forward to really using it (aside from just playing around with it for demoing purposes). I think I have some bass sound ideas so I will probably try out a few things for Prototype using it, but we’ll see how it goes.
That’s about it for now… I hope I will have some new content to post very soon instead of just talking random crap. 😛
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. 🙂
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.