I'm trying to create an admittedly artificial sound--a piano with reverb that doesn't sound as though it's coming from a great distance.
I've extending the length of the verb (using the SilverStrike VST reverb demo), and I get a better sound compressing the entire sample set some to raise the level of the reverb. But the basic problem remains: When I add verb, it pushes the entire piano sound so far back in the room that it creates a hall micing perspective, even if I set things up for a small room with the walls nearby and increase the volume of the early reflections. I've played some with eq'ing the late and early reflections and applying filters, but I'm not having much luck.
I know that, basically, pushing the instrument back in the mix is just what reverb does, and that I'm trying to create a sound that may not exist in nature, but I've heard digital piano samples with a lush reverb that still have a primary sound that seems to come from close by. Any suggestions on how to emulate this?