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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. Burkhard says:

    Hi Jacob, thank you for sharing your music(sheets) with us. I also like to use a DAW and a Midi-Keyboard to play around. After using several VST pianos, I finally found the
    Ravenscroft 275 sold by VI Labs. Take a look, may be this is something for you.
    (I am not connected to VI Labs in any way)
    Burkhard

  2. daniel chamas says:

    Hello Jacob’s! I would like to know how I can sell my sheet music, do I need to copyright them? or what do I need to do ? how you did? Thanks!

    1. Jacob's Piano says:

      Hi Daniel. Well if it is your original composition then you automatically owns the copyright for it. There’s no such thing as “getting the copyright”, it automatically exists once you have created something. Meaning that you can just go ahead and sell it :)

  3. Diego says:

    So, which piano (I mean the fisical one, not the software) and audio-interface do you use?

  4. Francisco Duch says:

    Hola solo me gustaria saber como consigues ese sonido, llevo tiempo buscando y …. no me sale ni de cerca, mesa de mezclas… no lo tengo conectado porque…. no se hacerlo.
    tengo un rd 600 i un fp 90

    Muchas gracias y me encanta tu musica
    Att Frank Duch

  5. oveja says:

    donde estas????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! se me explota el corazón

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