Music making has always been a part of my life.
My first instrument was the recorder at primary school, then the piano.
I played violin and viola at grammar school, and played the viola in the orchestra at Keele University.
I also spent some time improvising on the guitar.
This is all past, now I play a (somewhat mature) Yamaha Clavinova electronic piano (CLP500).
I did dabble with completely synthetic performances, but soon gave that up.
I now work by doing performances on the Clavinova either for live capture on the CD recorder or for capture by a sequencer and later replay for recording.
Since both of these methods give only the not wholly convincing sound synthesised by the Clavinova I am looking for a viable method of synthesizing a more realistic piano sound from the midi files.
I have acquired GigaSampler, which is supposed to give the best grand piano sounds, but so far have found this very hard to work with.
The details of the logistics are still evolving, but I have no plans to start editing midi files (the equivalent of lots of old fashioned sound studio editing).
Its more fun to work on the performances until they come out good enough to publish.
Clavinova CLP500 electronic piano.
- Atari ST1040 (PC) + C-Lab Creator (sequencer)
- Kawai K1m (synthesiser)
- Yamaha DOM-30 (synthesiser)
- Grundig RCD-45 audio CD writer
- 200MHz Pentium, 96Mb RAM...
- Gigasampler + Gigapiano (soft sampler, delivery awaited)
Well I don't have much of it yet, but the result is music in electronic files or on Audio CD's.
The intention is to publish, a kind of substitute for public performance, which I don't have much inclination toward (and I might find drumming up an audience tricky).
For how I plan to publish, see below.