EQUALIZING A PIANO TRACK EVEN IF IT’S A PLUGIN THAT CREATED THE PIANO PART
Tonight I am working on a song that has a piano track that is prevalent at the beginning of the song. The intent of this track is to be dramatic but no matter how much reverb, delay, or eq’ing I was putting on it, it just didn’t seem to come to life. This track had been produced using a plugin. Although plugins have gotten better there are subtle nuances that just can not be reproduced. My suggestion would have been to use a real baby grand piano but it was not available for the recording session. So as a music producer and mixing engineer I have to find ways to make what I have work.
Bottom line: when dealing with life-less tracks you may have to spend some time diddling around with the eq to find the nice frequencies. You’d be amazed the sounds you are able to produce using plugins. I will provide the settings in a future blog when I post the finished mix but I decided that one of the best to give advice on eq’ing a piano track is George Massenburg using a GML 8200 (He is someone many people know and use plugins by). It is definitely a great piece of equipment to own if you can afford it. Whether or not you can afford it, approach using your plugin filters and effects in a similar manner. This video is short and sweet. Realize it is not a fix-all to all situations but truthfully just seeing his process helped me so I decided to share this music production tip with all of you. Hope you enjoy. Keep making great music. I know I will continue to do so.
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BTW for those who are not familiar with George Massenburg, you need too. George Y. Massenburg was born in Baltimore, Maryland and is a recording engineer & inventor. Working principally in Baltimore, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Macon, Georgia, Massenburg is widely known for submitting a paper to the Audio Engineering Society in 1972 regarding the parametric equalizer.