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My setup

Below you can see my little setup consisting of a Roland RD-800 keyboard, an Avid Mbox audio-interface and a powerful computer. This is basically what you need to start making some piano recordings - and you don't have to throw away all your money on expensive stuff like I have been stupid enough to do ;)

My home studio from 2016 to 2021.

Audio - The Piano

When producing the audio there are generally two approaches. The audio can be produced directly on the computer using MIDI along with a software piano (VST) or the actual sound of the keyboard can be recorded. I always produce using MIDI and this is the method I highly recommend. In order to do that I connect my keyboard to my computer using an audio-interface. In Logic Pro X I record the MIDI file and then I produce the sound with software instruments.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about and what MIDI is then I suggest you read this article - "What is MIDI?". Further, you can read this note about software instruments.

I use the software pianos from Synthogy called IVORY II. More specifically I use the American Concert D (Steinway), Italian Grand (Fazioli) and the three other grand pianos in Synthogy's grand piano package.

The pianos mentioned above sounds beautifully alone, however, I add external reverb to get an even richer sound. Here I use the PCM Reverb bundle from Lexicon which is great. This really affects the sound more than you would believe.

I also use equalizer and other processing tools in order to improve the overall sound quality. I do not have any other experience in the production of music than my works on YT but I feel that I have already learned a lot and keeps getting better.

Audio - Backing tracks

I often use backing tracks for my pieces (primarily strings). I have a lot of software instruments but I primarily use a VST called Cinematic Strings and sometimes also the Emotional Cello from Harmonic Subtones. After the recording of the piano track I produce the strings track and add it to the final mix.

Video

The video production is simple. I have a Canon EOS 550D camera (hoping to upgrade soon) with a 50-200mm Canon lens. I place my keyboard in the middle of my room and add some light sources - voila! While recording the video I record the MIDI file in Logic. Then I edit the audio and add it to the video file afterwards. I edit the video in Final Cut Pro.

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About Jacob's Piano

I am Jacob Ladegaard also known as Jacob's Piano. I am a pianist and composer located in Copenhagen, Denmark. On this site I invite you in to my musical world. You can purchase sheet music or MIDI files for my original work or find the help you are looking for in my blog posts.

38 thoughts on “How I make my videos…

  1. Gerard Viegas says:

    Which digital pianos, being played in the videos, have you been working on?

  2. wb says:

    Hi, great post :)) … how do you get the falling notes (i guess Synthesia) into your video. Do you record the screen? Thanks!

  3. Roux says:

    Bonjour , j’aimerais savoir tout simplement comment vous fesez vous les effets sonore quand vous nous emporté avec interstellar j’ai l’impression que vous jouer avec trois pédales , et quel programme aussi sur l’écran , je vous pose la question parce que je vais investire dans ce fameux juno stage , je suis débutant mais ça commence a venir sèrieusement
    Pouvez vous me répondre à ce sujet la ?
    En tout cas bravo Jacobs Cdt a vous entendre.
    ( essaye de me répondre en français )

  4. Logan Miles Olson says:

    So, are we hearing multiple tracks on the intersteller recording?

    1. Jacob's Piano says:

      Hello Logan.

      The description above describes how I am currently making my videos. When I made the Interstellar video I was simply recording the audio from my old keyboard. The audio from the keyboard was a layer with a piano sound and a pad sound. Further, I recorded a strings track on the keyboard afterwards and added it to the final mix.

      Jacob

  5. Sophia says:

    But how much time do you spend working out your hands and forearms to make them look so perfect for the recordings?

    Love all the great content of yours – keep inspire :-)

    BR

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