A lot of the success of this piece and sound comes from a technique I discovered years ago, of overlapping sound ranges for each hand, while they are more widely separated physically...
You get the sound of really close, intricate picking patterns, strums (and it can even be used for more modern things like fiddly arpeggiator type playing!) and the like, without forcing your hands to be on top of each other and getting in each other's way. Many of you who grew up with a piano probably remember how difficult it could be doing those types of things (I remember Debussy as being a particularly heavy user of that sort of idea). But as soon as I got into synths, and multiple keyboards, I realized how easy it was to do the same figures if your hands weren't on top of each other.
Of course, back then it involved each hand on a different keyboard! But we all went through our Rick Wakeman phase, right?! But when keyboards that could be split and each sound changed as to octave, it all became MUCH easier.
You simply pick two complimentary sounds and tune them so that, with your hands two to three octaves apart, they actually SOUND in the exact same range. Now do broken arpeggios or chords, and start messing with which hand and finger does each beat. You can also get great sounds by making one hand play a slightly different (or wildly different... have fun!) voicing or chord. It is amazing how intricate this can sound, while being physically very easy.
Guitars, banjos, mandolins - do a tremolando by rapidly alternating hitting the same sounding (but 2-3 octaves apart) note - anything picked or strummed. Synths, pianos, clavinets, basically anything can be utilized.
And, don't forget to set your arranger section to Whole, despite the split! You can still do this and get backing (although thinning it out quite a bit is usually needed to leave room for the dense stuff you are going to play... mute all the guitar Parts, and anything intricate, leave the pads and bass, which you probably want to set to Bass INV [ON]).
I have found this technique of splitting the keyboard to be able to do close-in voicings and patterns to be the key to success when it comes to emulating a LOT of different things normally very difficult if you don't...
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A little guitar noodle on the BK-9...
18 May 2017 22:10 #5930