2 hours of my life gone.
Posted 01 August 2009 - 01:49 AM
Only to find out that there are no sharps and flats (i.e. the black keys are there, but they just don't do anything) and that the keys aren't the most reponsive. I.e. sometimes they are willing to create a sound, at others the piano remains silent. LAME!
Enter a daft idea. I mic'ed up the piano and recorded all the notes with 3 types of attack each (i.e. a 'soft touch', a 'neutral touch' and a 'hard punch-like-stab-to-the-little-plastic-keys') and pitch shifted the closest notes to the missing black key notes. Then I loaded it in a sampler (Kontakt3, people mad enough to want this NKI patch can mail me) and made all the arrangements for the samples to be triggered by MIDI data.
The Bontempi toy piano and below the MIDI controller that will later on trigger it's sounds.
Long story short:
now using a MIDI controller / keyboard you can comfortably control a 1.5 octave toy piano, with access to enharmonic notes and touch sensitivity...
You can hear me play some nonsense on a MIDI keyboard, where the output are the sampled notes. I turned on some delay from a Lexicon PSP84 during the end for added atmosphere, the beauty of having a 'toy piano' in the electronic domain is that sound can now be processed by racks / pedals / software, god knows what.
Recording a toy piano...
Yes, I realise I'm a tit. I even skipped breakfast for doing this. One should never skip breakfast.
The toy piano in action
Posted 16 August 2009 - 02:14 AM
Posted 26 February 2011 - 05:15 AM
That could easily be justified by either your user-name or your spelling ability.
My positing ability has been disabled indefinatly.
Un-plugged is not the same as never-was-plugged-in-to-begin-with.
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When the roll is called up yonder he'll be there...
Posted 14 March 2011 - 11:57 PM
I wept for many hours.
One of my secrets is that I'm obsessed with wind-up/clockwork things. This includes music boxes. I've wanted to buy a Final Fantasy music box for years now, but the cheapest even on ebay are over $300 because they're all limited edition collectors items. Hell with that noise. The music is beautiful, but I'm creative... So I bought this thinking I would transpose some of Nobuo Uematsu's music, except him being a genius and all that, he uses LOTS of sharps and flats. It was impossible to transpose anything.
But then.. a ray of hope. I've managed to transpose the melody of one song. I am now going to attempt to get accompaniment together and the entire song made up (yes, I will be taping several strips of paper together to get this done). And by god it is going to happen.
I will keep you updated...sometime in the next year.
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