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3. Emulating a rave piano with TAL-Sampler
1 It’s a doddle to get the authentic, detuned piano sound heard on many rave records. We start by bouncing the first chord of a stock ROMpler piano loop as audio. Next, we load TAL-Sampler onto a fresh MIDI track and drop the chord into Layer A. Clicking the waveform opens the Sample tuning menu.
2 As our sampled chord is in D, we set the Root Key to D2. Adjusting the High Key to C3 and Low Key to C1 lets us play a riff with it. To give our piano sound an authentic, Akai-esque flavour, we use a touch of TAL Sampler’s Resampling in S1000 mode, and a dash of short Reverb.
3 Having set the sampler up to play back the chord, we can A/B between the sampled piano riff and the ROMpler original. As the sampler literally pitches every note in the chord up by the same amount, it gives a technically wrong, yet sonically pleasing detuned tone compared to the technically correct original chord progression.