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-Orr- Nocturne No 2 "Twilight

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This is my second Nocturne, composed in 2013 while studying at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This is a "live" recording of me playing via MIDI. I made no edits to the midi data -- I wanted this as raw and natural a performance as possible, as I feel the material is best presented in this way.

I used The Steinway D patch from QL Pianos, along with the ACME storage room and NY Piano Hall in QL Spaces as reverb. I also added an instance of Ozone 5 to apply a bit of EQ (rolled off the top a bit). As a pianist, I'm extremely picky with my sampled pianos. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with QL Pianos, but I find the sound quality to still be among the best.

If you like what you hear, check out davidorr.net to get an up-to-date list of my current projects! As always, thank you all for your continued support and encouragement!


very nice!

nice. I hear a lot of debussy influence.

im horrible at reviewing piano pieces

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Good but needs more bass. And use fast attack and release please. I don't feel the piano pumping enough

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Great performance, beautiful piece, and nice sound! Without altering the raw performance too much, the one thing I like to do with solo piano midi performances is take the lower notes and pan them left by ~10 points, and pan the upper notes right by a similar amount to help create more clarity and width. This raw export does sound quite natural, though. If it were me playing I would have to spend a few hours making midi adjustments ;)


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DavidOrr responds:

Thanks Jeff! The panning idea is great -- something I didn't even think about. Can I futz with panning and still call it a raw MIDI performance? Guess I'm the one making the rules, so I might play around with that.

Yeah, this read came out quite well. I found the PDF on my computer last night, and decided to play through it. I figured I'd play it with one of my sampled pianos (instead of the built-in sound of my Privia), and this is it. It's a pretty easy read -- otherwise I would have had to give it multiple takes.

Thanks for the input Jeff! :D

I feel as if the piano patch you used wasn't the best to use for the song. That's really all I got criticism-wise. This is full of life and beauty. ^^

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DavidOrr responds:

Yep, I could have used something like Piano in Blue for a softer sound, which might fit the mood a little better. Sadly, of the pianos I have, the Steinway in QL Pianos is really the only piano that can be "played" in real time. Maybe I'll go play with my different pianos to see if I can find something that suits it a little better. I just don't want to touch the MIDI data -- I really love the idea of an un-doctored MIDI performance. Thanks for the feedback! :)

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4.32 / 5.00

Jan 11, 2015
11:32 PM EST
File Info
8 MB
3 min 31 sec

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