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RICHARD HUTCHINS

Midi Piano sounds quieter than audio tracks

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Hi,

After much useful advice and help from this forum looking for a good MIDI piano sound, I chose addictive keys Grand Piano plugin, sounds nice and is fine. However when I record a piano backing track ready for vocals, the recording  sounds quiet through the phones even when they are turned up full through my Steinberg UR22  interface. This is not the case when I record things like vocals or guitar so I assume its a MIDI thing. How do I get this to have more volume? ( Novice here obviously).It sounds fine but quiet if you know what I mean. 

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On 1/22/2021 at 9:48 AM, RICHARD HUTCHINS said:

Hi,

After much useful advice and help from this forum looking for a good MIDI piano sound, I chose addictive keys Grand Piano plugin, sounds nice and is fine. However when I record a piano backing track ready for vocals, the recording  sounds quiet through the phones even when they are turned up full through my Steinberg UR22  interface. This is not the case when I record things like vocals or guitar so I assume its a MIDI thing. How do I get this to have more volume? ( Novice here obviously).It sounds fine but quiet if you know what I mean. 

The piano seems to be very velocity sensitive. I would suggest that you check your MIDI controller's velocity curve settings, and the velocity settings in the Cakewalk track. Mine is set to [Vel+ ='0'] there as well. You could also review a MIDI clip that you have recorded and see the recorded velocity levels for that track in the piano roll.

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Yes Velocity.   Piano sound best with a good variation in velocity but keep in mind going over 115 can sound too harsh with some VST's. The velocity has bearing on the timber of the sound just like a real piano being played soft or hard. So don't think of velocity for Volume but timber and dynamics.  AD Keys is a very loud piano that I use because of it's ability to cut through when mixed with blues or rock guitars. 

If the meter for the piano VST audio track is showing a healthy level then there should be no difference in the mix than your other instruments. Make sure it's outputting to your master bus. 

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