09 Apr 2010

Native Instruments-Alicia’s Keys Demo: “Boldfinger”

Native Instruments-Alicia’s Keys Demo: “Boldfinger”

I did a second piano-only demo for Native Instruments “Alicia’s Keys” library. It plays after my “Just Vibin’ Keys” demo at the NI site, or you can check it out here:

The goal was to create a piece that demonstrated the dynamics and range of the library. I also wanted to illustrate a subtle but interesting detail. On a “real” piano, there is a technique where as one is lifting their fingers off the keys, they press down the pedal. This causes the just released notes to ring out with a reduced intensity and introduces some sympathetic vibration from the other strings. I always check sampled pianos to see if they mimic this behavior. It’s not something one uses all the time while playing but I think it just shows an attention to detail.

You can hear this effect at around 0:27 in the file.

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