Friday, June 26, 2009

Beat It (The Aptly Funeral Piano Cover)


Well, I'm of those people who didn't especially care for Jackson's weird personal life, but I grew up in the eighties listening to his stuff and loved the musician, so I'm a bit dismayed by the news.

I had the "Bad" album K7 when I was a kid and pretty much wore it down, and just a couple of weeks ago I found a bargain copy of the Jacksons Five's "Destiny", which contains some badass funky grooves.

So anyway, I won't digress endlessly on Michael Jackson's oddities, I'm sure the blogosphere can indulge without me on that.

I'm actually thinking of a demo recording I did a couple of years ago to test a new piano emulation plugin. Can't remember the synths too well, but most probably Microkorg.
It's the classic "Beat it" single, in dirge mode.
Rest in peace.

2 comments:

Hylian said...

I loved this cover. Have you, by any chance, made some cover art for it?

Also, the piano and synth sound is quite haunting, definitely the kind of sound that I like. Can you give me any details on what the emulation plugin was?

I'm just starting to get into the world of recording and synthesizers—I'm a complete newbie at it—and I'd love to be able to achieve this kind of sound.

khoral said...

Thanks, glad you liked it
I didn't do any cover art specifically for that, but in the future I might compile some covers in that vein and release it with CD cover art...

The piano plugin was Pianoteq.
http://www.pianoteq.com/
As far I'm concerned, it's the best one if you don't want to use space-consuming samples.
The Pianoteq don't use any piano samples, but synthesize the whole sound from scratch, so it's a very light program, and also an incredibly realistic emulation.
The best part of it is that since it's all synthesis, you can create your own piano with ease.