Hollywood Hammers: The Soundtrack Piano – Step-by-Step Guide (Continued)

    We’re continuing our look into creating some score-worthy piano sounds using Logic’s effects and this time we’re going to get a little more aggressive. Make sure to check out part 1

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    7. So far, so restrained – but we’re also encouraging a creative use of effects and that can mean being a little more heavy-handed. Dial up 1/4 Note Triplet to see what we mean

    8. It sounds a little too domineering at first – but still quite attractive as a piano sound – but you can easily rein it in by adjusting the groove values, as shown

    9. By this time, you could be finding the effects are running away with you a little, so make sure you pull them back a little or add an Exciter effect, as shown. This adds some punch to the original sound

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    10. Feel free to experiment with the Frequency position of the Exciter in the effects chain – but we found it best to be at the start and with a Frequency value of 100Hz.

    11. Finally, with the piano, we’ve pushed things a bit too far as we are using effects creatively – so we can! Add another reverb, this time the EnVerb – remember, this is just an option.

    12. It adds a shimmer to the sound that gives it a completely new character and is way away from what you started with. We found the Aggressive Tail preset added a certain emotive presence.

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