Stephen Caulfield’s Reviews

  • Sunlight Breaking Through The Clouds

    I found this library to be very beautiful with lots of lovely textures and lots of lovely little details that poke through as you are playing. I found it very ethereal sounding when playing chords, so I was drawn to make quite an ambient piece as a demo track. On top of an 8 bar chord pattern, I played lots of little embellishments with individual higher notes so that they come bursting through the lush chords. A the piece progresses it moves through the different layers using the expression control, which brings out more percussive and bell like tones. I really enjoyed using this library and I'm sure I'll continue to use it. The piece only uses sounds from the library. No effects used other than a touch of mastering.

  • My Go-to Upright Piano For Writing

    I am really enjoying this library and find it very inspirational for improvising and writing new pieces of music - it has a really great character and atmosphere. Sometimes it feels like I only have to load up Max's Bentley and before I know it, another track pours out of me. I really love this piano! My two demo tracks only uses sounds from the library. No effects used other than a tiny bit of EQ and light mastering.

  • Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Goodness

    I tried out Christian's Tape Delay Experiments library and a whole demo track just kind of fell out of me as soon as I played the first chord - very inspirational! I really liked the imprecise nature of the delays, loops and noise, so I played everything loosely without a click or quantise in order that all the delays were randomly out of sync and this helped to create a wonderfully chaotic sounds that contrasted nicely with the simple chords and melodies.

    Tape Delay Experiment13 October 2021
  • Perfect Atmospheric Album Closer

    I love libraries that are very atmospheric and full of noise from the surroundings as it immediately conjures up an environment in your mind - and you certainly get that with this library recorded on the piano in London's King's Cross Station. I like to embrace the noise with these types of libraries, so I made a demo with lots of notes with the pedal down to really let the atmospherics swirl as it is playing. Then it ends with simple big chords played and held so you can hear all the noises from the tube station. Brilliant! The piece only uses sounds from the library. No effects used other some reverb at the beginning and end to so that it feels like you are walking towards and then away from someone playing the piano as you walk by, and then a final touch of mastering. I liked this demo so much that it ended up being the basis for the closing track of my last album, Circuits.

  • Made It On To My Last Album

    Playing around with the pad and lead sounds in this library led me to make a very ambient demo track. I really enjoyed using the mod wheel to crossfade between the samples, so really wanted the demo to show this off by using a series of long evolving repeated figures that go right through the samples layers and back again as the piece progresses. I ended up liking this track so much that it ended up on my last album, Circuits. Only uses sounds from the library. No effects used other than a touch of mastering.

    Ethanolia13 October 2021