How to use higher quality sounds

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How to use higher quality sounds

Post by Miles » Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:19 pm

I'm going to share with you a method I use to practice with higher quality piano sounds. This won't work for everyone as it requires additional software.

One of the main gripes I've had with the app is that the piano sound is horrific. There are very little dynamics and it's difficult to get a good, consistent sound. It dawned on me one day that there was a way around this problem. And that's what I'm going to share with you today. It's very simple.

If you have digital audio workstation (DAW) of any kind then you are most of the way there. You can use something like Garageband, Logic, or Ableton. Most of these daws come with a decent piano sound. And that is what we will be using.

What you do is open up the DAW and load up a piano sound. I have many piano libraries inside of the Native Instruments Kontakt sampler and I like to use these sounds, but any piano sound is better than the Playground sessions default piano sound.

First load up a piano sound on one of the tracks and make sure that the midi controller is connected to your computer. I use a Yamaha P-115. I like it because it's got 88 fully weighted keys and it feels very realistic. Especially with these higher quality sounds. After you are getting piano sounds from our DAW that are triggered by the MIDI input, go back to the Playground sessions app and go to settings. Inside of settings, turn the piano volume all the way down. Keep everything else how it is.

Now, when you practice along with the software, you should be hearing the piano sounds from the sampler inside of your DAW while still hearing the metronome, count-in, sound effects and accompaniment from the Playground sessions app. :D

Let me know if you guys have any questions. This has made practicing along with the app sooo much more enjoyable and I wanted to share with you all.

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Re: How to use higher quality sounds

Post by sw1tch73ch » Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:52 pm

I'm curious how you route the MIDI from your Digital Piano to the DAW and Playground Sessions at the same time.
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Re: How to use higher quality sounds

Post by andrewwegierski » Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:07 am

Thanks for sharing! I'm always interested in our user's setups! Way to go.
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