Making some "Old Skool" sounding Piano Melodies?

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  1. parsons19

    parsons19 Active Member

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    Hey all,

    I have been listening to a lot of different stuff recently. A lot of things I noticed from the 90s is that amazing sounding Old Skool piano!

    There is something like the style in the track "Give this love some meaning" by Oceanic. I couldn't find this on Youtube though so are here some different, equally great examples :)

    The Prodigy - Wind It Up



    Here is a more recent example (from this year in fact):

    Tomb Crew - Ode to Tom & Jerry



    What would I do to get this sort of piano? Is it a different playing style? Or a certain key that works?

    Cheers my lovelys,

    Jordan

    ---------- Post added at 22:12 ---------- Previous post was at 21:58 ----------

    Just to add,

    I hope you all had a great christmas! :)
     
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  2. T:M

    T:M Dusty Techno Workout

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    I'm not 100% about the classic "Old Skool" or "Rave" piano, but I know that quite a few old school/classic house tunes used the Korg M1's piano patch. If you give a look around on the net you should be able to find it sampled rather easily, I know for a fact that there has been a EXS24 patch out there (as I've downloaded it).

    As for how to do the melodies I once stumbled across an article that said you use a combination of alternating simple major chords and minor chords. Something like a C major followed quickly by a C minor or something like that. I honestly don't know a that much music theory when it comes to writing, but when I put it the idea to work I had managed a look that sounded old school-ish. Another thing you could do is just sample some piano chords and drop them back in your sampler and fiddle around that way.
     
  3. mistasfx

    mistasfx MISTA SFX

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    ive got the original M1 vst and wavestation vst that i use for pianos. its not a real bright, clean sound but deffo has an old skool feel
     
  4. Mr Fletch

    Mr Fletch aka KRONIX

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    Adding to what these guys have said.......try searching for a VST called Edirol Orchestral, it's got some fantastic orchestral, symphonic sounds in there
     
  5. parsons19

    parsons19 Active Member

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    Thanks for the tips on playing T:M :) I will have a go, could put the Nanokey to the test! :lol:

    I also think I have found the samples for the M1 :D

    As for the M1 vst I keep nagging my mate to send me the zip for th LE version. I bought the Nanokey off of him and he still hasn't got round to sending me that...

    Will take a look at Wavestation and Edirol Orchestral in the next few days :)
     
  6. T:M

    T:M Dusty Techno Workout

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    You've got the nanokey? How does the build see to be? Been thinking about getting one of the nanopads.
     
  7. parsons19

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    I do indeed :) The 1st version (they have all the nano products at version 2 now and I beleive they are a little more sturdy and playable).

    For me it's pretty bang on for what I want as I don't have the space for a proper sized keyboard. Its easy to play and get ideas down but I have to spend a bit of time quantising and correcting in the piano roll for more complex melodies. I know this is the case with any midi keyboard if you want to get it bang on but the keys are a little meh. Not bad by any means but I get on much easier with proper keyboard keys. I am just glad I have it cause it is a million times easier to get ideas down!

    Build wise it seems fine! It is a bit plasticy but it seems tough anough and there are no signs of mine breaking :)

    As for getting a nanopad I say go for it. It is supposed to be the best out of all three nano products and great for getting beats down :) If you search around on youtube there was some guy who did a detailed overview of all three of the version one nano things and I think the pad was his favourite!
     
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  9. dirty breaks

    dirty breaks Guest

    chord inversions, 7ths etc