Saturday, May 11, 2013

Easy Harpsichord Without a Big Library

The basic MIDI instruments provided in a program are sometimes adequate "until".  These are often both affordable and enough for doing initial tracks in a home studio.  Still.... maybe you're ready for some new sounds...

If you don't want to invest in more MIDI instruments to import into your library,  you can always edit the simple instruments already there... which you most likely know.  Here's a hint for an instrument often overlooked in our repertoire as we develop new songs:  The old-fashioned harpsichord.  You know, Bach and all.

To get a twangy harpsichord sound,
Logic would indicate that you should play around with the sounds of one of the piano midi instruments  that GarageBand and other smaller programs may have.  After all,  it's a keyboard instrument.  

But this is easier:  Use "Clean Electric" or some similar one-string-plucking guitar MIDI instrument.   Play simple, somewhat slow arpeggios of chords.  The final sound does sound much like an old harpsichord.  

Much joy to you creating new sounds for new songs for The World!
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