Hey, you just reminded me of a tasty little anecdote:CS_TBL wrote:Even a wet fart can sound spectacular when running it through a huge reverb. Point being: on their own, the silliest Yamaha PSR keyboard can sound like a dud, but hook it up to a range of effects and you may find use for it.
My pal, a progressing musician doing DIY recording, who mostly does guitars and vocals, has a rinky-dink little Yamaha PSS-170 that he occasionally uses for creative effect here and there in his tunes. His modest "recording rig" is a Boss BR-864 which has some COSM effects in it.
Well, using a "piano" (heh) sound from the PSS-170 and some of the effects in the Boss, he managed to create one of the most intense aural nuggets that I've ever heard in a song - it's one of those near-orgasm moments! It doesn't really sound like a piano or any other specific kind of instrument, and I certainly can't decipher the chain of effects he used to get the end result; it's just a completely original sound that he used in a brilliant way to create a total musical moment. I'm still stunned every time I hear that riff... This guy is a MASTER at making the most of the meager tools that he has at his disposal. He's made more incredible music with his measly arsenal of toys than I have with all the synths, effects, sample libraries, plugins, etc. in my collection worth much more than his.
Tasty gear is awesome, but some people can show that there's practically no correlation between a piece of gear's sophistication and how it can be used to create beauty!