Composing With LABS Modular Piano

Composing With LABS Modular Piano



hi everyone welcome to another composing with labs with me Louie this time we'll be taking a look at our labs modular pianos but before we get into that I've got a few questions I need to answer a lot of you were quite interested to find out about the equipment I was using in this room so I'll give you a little tour of what as well firstly I work at a platform desk from output with a dot for PK 88 keyboard in the tray I've actually had to lower the keyboard tray slightly just to get it to fit in I've got a black magic dock where I put my work and my sample drives we've also got a Korg none of control to which I use for my faders as well as an Apollo twin which I use as my audio interface I use a pair of biodynamic headphones as well as a pair of gun audio bm5 a monitors also using an re 20 microphone and the machine itself is a Mac Pro I can't actually remember what screens I'm using I just know that they're Samsung I think they're 27-inch and they're curved and I've gotten both fitted to a mount so I can shift them around if need be I think that's everything in terms of hardware I use and then I use Logic Pro to compose with any other instruments you may see in the background of my own that are boring from home I've got my lovely Wurlitzer here and a couple of guitars and other odds and ends knocking about if there's any more questions or if you want to suggest what labs instrument you'd like me to focus on in the next video do let me know down below now let's get into the modular pianos is a piece I wrote for the demo [Laughter] I started off with a patch called piano heaven and I've turned the variation all the way down so we don't get any of those tingly and sparkly sounds so if I turn the variation up this is what it sounds like whereas with the variation turned all the way down it sounds like this it's really fun to experiment and play around with that level on all of the modular piano patches so you can get some really interesting sounds I've kind of made this patch sound closer to a real piano or as close as I can and I played a short little phrase which sounds like this and that just continues to repeat I actually got a bit curious of what would happen if I reversed that motif so like I've done with symbols and other took percussion in other projects I actually bounced out this motif reversed it and you get this sound I've also reversed a lower C drom using the same patch as well as some reverse and crash symbols which you can hear about halfway into the piece I've also got another piano heaven patch imitating the reverse my teeth to help give it a bit of support as well as a pipe piano patch which has got a really nice breathy quality to it so this is what the pipe piano sounds like just jumping ahead a little bit there's a section around bars 44 to 46 where everything modulates to a c-major now the majority of the piece is in a C minor so to get that one phrase where the reverse motif is playing a C major and its account from the end how far in the C major section was if we look here this is where the C major section happens and we can see that happens on the seventh the last repeat so then I can't go to the seventh repeat from the start and just change that a flat terney so when I bounce that in place and reverse the audio the C major section would happen where I wanted it to the reason the MIDI doesn't match up with the bounce is because I extended the first note at the start so then when I reversed the bounce the last note would ring out for longer so here's how that whole section sounds together and I'll play around the part where the tonality slightly changes so you can hear the variation like for the start there's another piano heaven patch with the variation turn all the way down and I play a little edgy ated C minor chord it's worth noting that I'm using a tape delay on bus 2 and a UID lexicon 2 to 4 reverb on bus 1 on this track and some others later in the piece I messed around with the binaural panning and automated it to give the effect of the sounds spinning around or going through your head I've got our wonderful lab squire acting as a pad throughout the piece as well as a couple of amplified cello patches coming in halfway through just to bolster some of the drone and bass parts speaking of bass parts I've got a chief piano patch that's taking the bass role in this piece you can see I've got the attack quite low so it has a bit more of a punch to it this patch really beefs out the low end especially because I'm playing on clips with it and the first half of the piece the bass line moves in more of a rising direction whereas in the second half it mostly plays and ends on a falling pattern also being introduced fairly early on in the piece it's a chief pipe and artifacts patch and a module organ patch the chief pipe and artifacts patch is texturally really interesting while I've used the module organ patch to create these swells when I ultimate the modulation or single these both outs you can hear the sounds they make you we've also got a tape whirly and granular whirly working together to add a bit of harmonic flavor to the first section the granular whirly sounds a little bit like water droplets as it plays very faintly during the opening section on the tape whirly I've got the attack turned up to about two seconds so each no soft seeps in and I've also turn the tuning down an octave even though I'm playing quite high line just so it sounds a bit more warped finally for the beginning half we have a tape piano playing a really simple line using a C as a pedal point and then sometimes jumping up to an e-flat helping to solidify the C minor quality of the music again I experiment with the tuning and turn this up to octaves despite me playing it solo down on the keyboard it cut out a lot of the low end which is what I wanted and in the first half the dynamics are kind of low so it cuts out a little high end as well whereas in the second half of the music the dynamics are run all the way up so you can hear a lot more of those high end frequencies and the track sticks out a little bit more now there's a drop for the second half so I've alternated a lot of the dynamics to come down at this point and we have the after mention reverse cymbal bringing us into the second half taking a look at the percussion I'm just using lumps drums and I've got the kick playing a very simple heartbeat style rhythm and the snare playing on every bit of the bar both of these tracks have also been EQ to take some of the high end out we also have a reverse hi-hat which has the bun all panning automated so the sound spins around your head I'm going to play all of the percussion tracks together and you'll see the little panning widgets start to spin around on the high hats there's also an Ocoee pill guitar playing these sort of stunted chords we've got a few more tracks replicating some of the trucks that were introduced earlier so here we have a worldly heaven patch imitating the bass line well there's another tech piano playing a sea drone with an almost percussive quality to it now there's another Worley heaven patch which is also playing two different melodies at once still retaining that fallen theme I mentioned earlier in the bass part as well as this we have our tape wooly track echoing the worldly heaven melody in a call-and-response fashion there's also another chief piano oscillating between third and fourth intervals and finally we have the fantastic granular piano that fades in playing high arpeggios that takes us to the end of the piece I'll play these last six tracks together so you can hear how they work [Laughter] I usually like to leave a little bit of music that inspired me in the description but there wasn't any particular sound that helped me when I was writing this demo but I will leave you with the truck in the description from an artist called panda bear he makes really experimental in psychedelic music and uses a lot of delays and manipulates sounds and sound effects in his production which makes for a really interesting lesson so I'll leave that in the description below thanks again for watching if you enjoyed the video be sure to hit the like button and leave a comment and to keep up to date with all of our new content and releases make sure you subscribe also do take a look in the description for any of the links I've mentioned if you want to check out some of our other demos or music on our various pages you can do well I'll give you an idea of what you want to see in the next labs video anyway have a great day and I'll see you in the next one

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