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in this studio session sounds amazing, in what I'm guessing is a Yamaha C3. Do you think there is a lot of post production in the sound of his piano, or do these Yamahas really sound like this under the right acoustic environments? Or maybe it's just my subwoofer
Last edited by Emery Wang; 09/20/2001:12 PM.
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This is definitely a heavily produced recording in the best possible way. My guess is that the piano is a C7.
This is a tidbit from Yamaha corporate. They keep track of where their pianos are and, by extension, who records on them. The Yamaha C7 (including the C7x) is the world's most recorded model of piano (according to corporate).
This is believable to me. I have been in a number of recording studios and a majority have C7 pianos. I also know of a few with S&S pianos, and 2 that notably have Bösendorfer pianos.
Full Disclosure = I do not hang out in recording studios and know most of this from musicians who do.
This is definitely a heavily produced recording in the best possible way.
I often wonder about the production, Joey Alexander is one, Alexis Ffrench is another, IIRC Ffrench's piano of choice (and of some but not all of his recordings) is a Bösendorfer. These are two pianists whose recordings I often listen to and just think their pianos always sound amazing.
Scott Bradlee of the Postmodern Jukebox plays a Yamaha C2 in most of his videos. (sorry, not super relevant).
Anyway, I agree, the piano in that Joey Alexander video sounds just dreamy!
Started piano June 1999. Proud owner of a Yamaha C2
I have noticed a trend of recording on “silent” pianos fitted with midi recorders and what we hear is fully digital sounds. I can’t say in this instance but it sure sounds electronic to me.
Over-processing can make any acoustic piano sound digital. I've done it at home when recording my S&S B in Logic Pro X. Just a little too much on the EQ, Compression, and Reverb can make it sound really artificial. Then add in some phasers, chorus, etc., and it sounds nothing like an acoustic piano.
in this studio session sounds amazing, in what I'm guessing is a Yamaha C3. Do you think there is a lot of post production in the sound of his piano, or do these Yamahas really sound like this under the right acoustic environments?
No piano in existence sounds like this, in any acoustic environment. The same bass boost shows up in the drums and string bass, so someone's done a rather over-the-top (distasteful) EQ job. I have to wonder if their studio monitors were deficient in that range. Fortunately it can be EQ'd back down.
At first I was wondering if they had added an electrical pickup to the piano for the bass, but after hearing the full mix, I think it's just a result of final EQ.
But why are we talking about the piano model and production details? Listen to this young pianist - what a talent! He's got a great career ahead of him.
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