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🎹 John Powell's Piano Roll

🎬 scoring Aug 01, 2023

In 2021, I decided to really dig deeper into improving my orchestration and mock-up chops.

One of the most eye-opening moments for me was watching some of John Powell's Logic playthroughs, and paying close attention to the piano roll. I realized that--unlike mine at the time--his arrangements didn't just sound clean... they looked clean.

You can literally see the variety of registers, density, and texture right there in the piano roll.

 

This revelation permanently changed how I approach composing in a DAW, and if you watch my channel, you'll often see me refer to the piano roll to check the overall scope and clarity of the arrangement.

This is just one of many of his videos on his channel, but it's a good one!

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