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Changing A Paradigm: An Innovative Approach to Reinforcing Stage Pianos
Sound designer Jessica Paz adds a new twist to the old trick of placing a digital keyboard inside a gutted piano shell.
By Michael Lawrence • October 10, 2018


It’s less and less common to see a real piano on stage these days. There are many advantages to using a keyboard or electronic “stage piano” in place of an acoustic one – sound quality, intonation, tuning stability, freedom from maintenance, and feedback immunity, to name a few.

Cosmetic concerns have routinely been addressed by placing the keyboard inside a gutted piano shell.

The missing link has always been that the stage piano makes no sound of its own, leaving the artist dependent on wedges or in-ear monitors (IEMs). It’s also lacking the sensations of the vibrations of the instrument itself under the player’s fingers, a subtle but important aspect of the “piano experience.” Sound designer Jessica Paz may have just changed all that...

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