Russ takes a look at the Greg Waves PianoCentric plugin, designed to help those mixing piano in pop tracks. Having worked with Greg Wells at Abbey Road studios and seen him record and mix pianos first hand, Russ decides to check it out.
About The Waves Greg Wells PianoCentric Plugin
Get access to the piano and keyboard mixing techniques perfected by producer, songwriter and mixing engineer Greg Wells (Adele, Katy Perry, OneRepublic).
The piano can be a tricky instrument to mix due to its wide frequency range and varying dynamics. No one knows this better than multiple GRAMMY®-nominated producer, songwriter, musician and mixing engineer Greg Wells (Adele, Katy Perry, Mika, One Republic, Twenty One Pilots), who has songs on over 85 million units sold, and who is himself an accomplished pianist and piano aficionado.
The PianoCentric plugin makes mixing piano that much easier by giving you direct access to the customized tools, signal flow and piano processing techniques perfected by Greg Wells.
Developed in collaboration with Greg himself, this exciting addition to the Waves Signature Series lets you quickly find the right sound for your piano or keyboard recordings. With just a simple interface, Greg Wells PianoCentric delivers usefully diverse results, varying from gorgeous full-range piano to lo-fi filtered sounds. Mixing piano just got a lot less tricky.
A word from Greg Wells:
The PianoCentric plugin is something I wish every studio I’ve ever worked in had.
The piano is a hard instrument to record and even harder to make sit in the mix properly. I have been playing piano as a studio musician for 30 years. Anytime I heard an engineer do something that got me closer to the piano sound in my head, I paid very close attention. Under the hood of the PianoCentric plugin is every technique I’ve learned over the years for how to make piano sound amazing in the studio.
I’ve designed this plugin to reach two different destinations. One destination is gorgeous, punchy piano that will cut through any mix with lots of drums and other elements. The second and opposite destination is more like an old bullet microphone in mono, inside the piano – lo-fi and a little crunchy. Enjoy!