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I love how Keyscape sounds. I also appreciate that the creator- Eric Persing - crested these patches to perfectly match the different controllers they offer profiles for. So how can I add my own twists to these pianos?
I thought long and hard about how to use the additional layers to create layered pads - but that has a big issue. Piano players don’t use sustain pedals like synth players. Each note has a natural decay and will not sustain forever. Simply layer a sustaining pad will not sound the best as the notes will start clashing as they sustain. In addition- normal pad programming uses up a lot of cpu resources that are not available with the dense and heavy resource hungry Keyscape.
I decided that one idea would be to design impulses that did not sustain but added “afterglows” while you play. These are designed sounds were recorded individually in 96khz/24bit. This allows for extreme down stretching - which always sounds better and more interesting as you pull apart the sound wave and expose more character and texture as you allow down the sample. These sounded awesome and I set to pair them with the basic piano-keyboard presets that maintained Eric Persing masterful programming.
If you look at the programming for the afterglows- you will find that I held back from dense modulation design and minimal rack effects - my goal was to make the pianos sound as beautiful as possible and do simple design. Modwheel was sparingly used on certain patches for those that could use them- but knowing Keyscape users would likely not have usable modwheels this was not a focus for this release.