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Start to Finish: Greg Wells - Episode 2 - Recording The Piano

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Now that Greg Wells & Bryce Drew have solidified the structure of the song "Lucky Number", which they finished writing in Episode 1, it's time to work on the production.

To start off, Greg has decided to build the track around a scratch piano. 

In this video, watch as Greg:

  • Works with Bryce to determine the proper tempo for the song
  • Explains why nothing is ever truly “scratch.”
  • Picks out piano microphones
  • Performs the song on a beautiful Steinway B 7’ Grand Piano at Sunset Sound
  • Tracks and edits the piano
  • Breaks down his approach to piano compression

Watch the rest of the series here

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Greg Wells

Grammy award-winning, Canadian musician, songwriter, and record producer, Greg Wells, has been dubbed “A Swiss Army Knife” in the recording studio by the legendary Stewart Copeland for good reason.

As a multi-instrumentalist, he has the ability to artfully mold his productions with incredible precision, craftsmanship, and most importantly, taste. Combining his musicianship with his uncanny abilities as a producer, engineer, and mixer, he has seen album sales top 120 million, with streaming numbers in the billions. With a B.

His diverse list of credits includes superstars such as Adele, Dua Lipa, Twenty One Pilots, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Celine Dion, Deftones, Kid Cudi, Weezer, OneRepublic, Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams, Aerosmith and so many more that we would need a really long scroll bar to list them all. 

Greg has seen monumental success recently with the release of the motion picture soundtrack for “The Greatest Showman”, which he not only produced but played on as well.

Credits

The Greatest Showman

Adele

Katy Perry

Twenty One Pilots

Grace VanderWaal

Dua Lipa

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YrkoBeats
2020 May 26
Lovely Piano Peace, this song is growing on me hahaha!
ludwigmack
2020 Mar 19
Wow! incredible how quickly he recorded that killer piano track! well done greg!
GERONIMAU
2020 Mar 09
heu.. les sous titres français ne fonctionnent pas bien sur celle là... merci
SVPERGROVP
2020 Mar 06
Great video. No idea how he managed to play to that awful click track though!
Stephen Richardson
2020 Feb 09
Excellent job . Greg when is Bryce Drew the full album coming out to iTune . I am ready to purchase.
philippe.f
2020 Feb 08
Thank ! But same remark than Peter! Please show the mic placement on the piano, i have the same mics, little bit frustrating...
stefan.l
2019 Dec 21
Assistant: "So the C24's not available" Greg: "Can we kill those people?" Quote of the century!
Stunny
2019 Dec 15
33609 is not linked
L Pass
2019 Dec 14
I loved the rabbit hole you fell down.
rwhitney
2019 Dec 07
Good keyboard player!
peterkcraft
2019 Dec 06
Loving this series, but PLEASE at least show the mic placement on the piano, and better yet, discuss it.
glenn.b
2019 Dec 04
Wow, already fall in love with this song! Is it already out?
danielebazzani
2019 Dec 04
Man, the key change lowering the dynamic is pure music.
sarielaurelio
2019 Dec 04
Please, subtitles in spanish!
studiosix
2019 Dec 03
Greg balances being an educator and a producer. Awesome teachings!
jens.s
2019 Dec 03
The piano has some distortion in the end using the two compressors...
srkrishnan
2019 Dec 03
Amazing stuff!!
doi1971@hotmail.com
2019 Dec 02
This is freakin awesome. Educational. It's great to be a fly on the wall. Love how it lingers. Look forward to see the rest.
Samurai Casino
2019 Dec 01
OMG This is so gooooood .. you can just feel how it is going to be a great song .. and Greg , such a great musician.
Gwenshana
2019 Dec 01
Great to see Greg always questioning if it's right for the music. One of the biggest things I've learned online from him.
Steffen
2019 Nov 30
omg...editing with pre-roll. what a fantastic easy idea. saves one click every time.
glainin
2019 Nov 30
This series is amazing, can't wait to watch the rest of it! Also, the song is great, Bryce is very talented and has a beautiful voice. Way to go!
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