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I'd appreciate any insights on this piano!



Is this a random out-of-tune upright piano or has it been carefully prepared? Is it even an acoustic piano at all or is it a software piano? This piece is in C major, so it sounds like the entire piano is down-tuned by about half a step.

Assuming this is a deliberately prepared piano, any thoughts or guidance on how this sound might be recreated? I assume down-tuning by half a step and detuning the unisons may be a good start.

Thanks!

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Hi navindra,
If you ask in the pianist corner people might know more about the artist and the recording, and that might give more insight for asking specifics on how to obtain that sound.
I was really p**** by YT and quit utilizing it, so I have not even listened to the recording. If you find another one on another service, I will give it a listen and tell you my (probably useless smile ) opinion

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Thanks - I appreciate my own simple acoustic piano much more after listening to that :-)

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It's an acoustic piano, not a program.
Recorded in 1997, the tech wasn't capable of that back then.
Plus more of a not huge artist at the time at a not huge studio, would not have had the budget even if the tech existed.
My guess is that it was a wild feral natural "tuning" and not sculpted.
If sculpted, my hats off to the rascally vandal what did it!

Here's Sarah's twitter, you could just ask.

https://twitter.com/sarahmclachlan?lang=en

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Originally Posted by An Old Square
It's an acoustic piano, not a program.
Recorded in 1997, the tech wasn't capable of that back then.
Plus more of a not huge artist at the time at a not huge studio, would not have had the budget even if the tech existed.
My guess is that it was a wild feral natural "tuning" and not sculpted.
If sculpted, my hats off to the rascally vandal what did it!

Super useful, thank you! They strove for perfection on this album, so this last track on a broken piano may well have been the exception.

Thank you for the insights, and please keep the stories coming! smile

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I was really p**** by YT and quit utilizing it, so I have not even listened to the recording.

We can take it to the other forum, but essentially, YT may be toxic -- but it's free. The reality is that there are not many viable alternatives whether you're a producer or consumer.

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Pierre Marchand: keyboards, audio
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Here's Sarah's twitter, you could just ask.

It never occurred to me to reach out to Juno/Grammy Award winners and expect an answer of any kind. laugh

Reached out to https://www.studiopm.ca/ just in case they might be willing to share though.

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Originally Posted by An Old Square
It's an acoustic piano, not a program.
Recorded in 1997, the tech wasn't capable of that back then.
Plus more of a not huge artist at the time at a not huge studio, would not have had the budget even if the tech existed.
My guess is that it was a wild feral natural "tuning" and not sculpted.
If sculpted, my hats off to the rascally vandal what did it!

Pierre Marchand got back to me almost immediately. 😲

You are 100% correct!


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