I told you there was another solo piano album inside my head. Head on over to this page and see what it’s all about!
Kevin B. Selby
Heh heh…wow…it’s certainly been awhile since I paid attention to kevinselby.com.
So today I used the Way Back Machine (see: http://archive.org/web/) to go find all the content I used to have “back in the day” that described my various albums throughout the years. What a trip down memory lane. Some of the technology I used was wack! I mean seriously…an EMU Proformance Plus piano module! That thing was awesome (for its time).
Well…the really great news is that technology has progressed at a huge (yuuuuge) rate and I am now working on a new solo piano album (still don’t know what to call it yet…maybe “In My Own Dang House” (er…without the “Dang”)). Anyway…I will probably use XLN Audio Addictive Keys Studio Grand (see: https://www.xlnaudio.com/products/instrument/studio_grand) because it’s reasonably priced, it’s a Steinway D, you can adjust many many parameters to get what you want, and it just sounds great! As a keyboard player, when you want to “express yourself”, you really have to find not only a piano library (like the Addictive Keys Studio Grand, and many other similar libraries), but you *also* have to find a “controller” keyboard that you really “bond” with. I will probably use a Casio CDP-120 that I stole from a friend. It’s an 88-key weighted controller that just seems to “fit” my particular needs right now.
It’s funny…while researching the exact keyboard controller (and accompanying piano library) to use, my poor messy home studio was filled to the brim with various keyboards as I tried them ALL.
Here are the various models of keyboard controller I tried and why I discarded them (or kept it in the case of the Casio CDP-120):
Oh…before I forget…I had it in my head for the last 10 years or so that if I was going to produce another solo piano album it HAD to be using the Yamaha grand piano sound. I really do like the “sparkly” and brighter sound that Yamaha gets (especially in live performance where it cuts through a mix very nicely). However, I’m not convinced anymore that I really want that. The more I listen to various Steinway libraries, the more I like the warm, “woody” sound of the Steinway. Plus, using a Steinway sends me back mentally to college at Washington State University (WSU) where I played on many many different Steinway’s, but *especially* the mahogany Steinway baby grand in Regents Hall where I met that cute (still!) girl named Kathy from Brier, WA.
So anyway…there you have it. My musings so far. Let’s hope I can make the time to get these songs out of my brain and into Sonar and out to you!