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Bach Toccata in D major, BWV 912

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  1. joeisapiano

    joeisapiano New Member Piano Society Artist

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    I haven't posted in a while, so this feels kinda weird. This was recorded on my roomate's mp3 player, so the sound quality is not that great. And, yes, I do know where I made some stupid mistakes. Blame the nerves. ;)

    Bach - Toccata No. 3 in D Major, BWV 912
     
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    Joe, I'm sure you played this very well, and I know you said the quality isn't great - but I could hardly hear this at all. So much 'swimmy' sound and high-frequencies/static. I had to turn it off halfway, because my ears are sensitive to that. Is there any way to clean up the file? Maybe one of those editing programs can eliminate hiss?
     
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    You're right. I'll try to clean it up with audacity. Since I performed it, I know almost exactly what's going on, but to anyone else, it's probably much harder. Sorry!
     
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    Joe mate,
    welcome back. I have listened to it. The microphone seems placed quite far for the piano///

    Your hard work has paid off, thats do it again should we? I have done many times in the past :p
     
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    Ah sh*te Joe, such good playing and such poor sound quality. You deserve better than that. I am doubtful that Audacity can make this sound much better, though it is worth a try.

    Great that someone makes a case for these wonderful and underrated Toccatas. From what I can hear (which is far too little) you play it perfectly. Any change you can grace us with another, better recording ?
     
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    joeisapiano New Member Piano Society Artist

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    You're right that audacity doesn't help much. :x I doubt I'll be able to get my hands on a nice piano with good recording equipment any time soon. oh well....
     
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    I'll have a try with CoolEdit, which I think maybe has more possibilities than Audacity. Will probably not help either but it is a shame to waste such a good performance.
     
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    I think locating the recording equipment close to the piano is the key. Using this method, you can have a much lower recording level and get rid of all the noise and hiss.

    The Toccata itself is really good played and is very difficult to play as well as you do.
     
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    I had a go at this with CoolEdit:
    1) 6Db amplification
    2) Noise reduction (with the ambiance beween aplause and start as noise profile)
    3) Bass boost
    4) Treble boost
    5) Light Concert Hall reverb
    6) Noise reduction again (...)

    I think it sounds better now, though there still is a strange interference-like noise where
    all the hiss has been. Let me know if you think this is good enough to put up the site.
     
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    Thanks Chris! I am still quite a novice at using those fancy editing programs, so I was a bit lost. If you think it's good enough to go on the site, go ahead. I'll leave it up to you.
     
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    I am no star at this stuff either. But I think this version sounds a lot better than the previous, and while not optimal, it is certainly not too bad for the site. So I'll put this up.
     
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    This baby's up. The sound sucks, as if recorded in a bathtub.... Not sure now whether it is 'better' than the original.
    It is from now on forbidden to submit recordings made with mp3 players :lol:
     

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