I have done plenty of fixing unisons during recording sessions or before performances so I knew I could handle that. Tuning the octaves to each other didn’t seem too challenging as long as I kept in mind the concept of stretching the tuning.
I think the art comes in setting the temperament and I cannot do that by ear. I have read tutorials on listening for beats within 6ths and 3rds. I could occasionally find the beats with one interval, but would lose them when I would go up a step. Using the tuner to set the temperament in the middle octave range gave me the confidence to dive in and it totally worked.
I only moved the wrong pin twice, and I made sure I always loosened the string first to confirm that I was on the correct pin if I was not totally sure of myself.
Anyone ever tune a piano themselves? I have always wanted to learn that skill but didn’t want to screw up my own piano so I never felt confident to try it.
Well, yesterday I downloaded the $4 Cleartune app for my phone and used the equal temperament setting to tune single strings from about the A below middle C to the C# an octave above middle C. Spreading out from there I tuned the octaves by ear, keeping in mind that it was better to err on the sharp side as I went up and the flat side as I went down. Tuning the unisons was a total breeze.
The whole thing took 2 hours. I’m not sure I would record with it, but for the home upright it’s just great. The piano had gone pretty flat so it may not be stable for very long. It’s not pristine but still lovely. It kind of sounds like I had it professionally tuned about 5 days ago.
Anyone else had success or pointers for attempting a piano tuning themselves? Anyone ever fail in an epic fashion?
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I thought “sound a-likes” in general put you on dangerous legal ground. It was my understanding that if one could show clear intent to copy, then there was a case for possible legal action. It doesn’t matter if the chords are a little different or the melody is a little different. There is clear intent to copy in this case. This one is pretty mind-blowing.
Since I joined I’ve purchased new strings, percussion and piano vst’s. I was considering revisiting some old stuff, mostly anything with a dominant piano sound (as the new piano vst kicks ass!) just to improve the overall production value… But then I started to think if its worth while, as some of the old tracks seem to sell the way they are….
I have tried this from time to time and I almost always find that my original version is the best. I have thought “oh, I have much better strings now” or “this new piano will sound better than that one” or “I’ll just replace that guitar part”. But I find that when I replace the parts there is something lost in the performance.
There was a certain energy and emotion contained within the original sounds that I chose and I fed off that emotion as I created the part. Removing those sounds and replacing them with “improved” samples usually yielded unsatisfying results and a track that just didn’t stick together as well. It goes to show it’s certainly not all about using the newest coolest sounds but about making the right choices with the sounds you have.
Yesterday and today I had several correspondences with a producer from an ad agency in Europe confirming again and again that the $17 regular license is really all they need for a national TV ad campaign. It just doesn’t seem right to them. Not to me either.
Can’t wait for progress on this.