Sandro Bisotti wrote:
I do not use other editing skills, but I have a good opinion of the ones (the best IMHO:
John Lewis Grant. A rare example of MIDI pianism that sounds less MIDI than many celebated pianists) which use a decleared, strong MIDI editing, if they research (and it is the Grant's case)
a creative and "human" way to control the parameters of an interpretation.
But it is not my way: I prefer this softer (but very useful if I will to play and to record an high number of the pieces I love) kind of editing.
Sandro, everyone has maybe different opions on where cheating starts and ends. To cut and paste a part of an audio take from another take is maybe not the most honest matter, but it seems to be done in professional recordings and also from some of us here, also in my case I did on some recordings. But at least the thing was played that way on the piano.
However, a MIDI edited file is something what I personally would call a real fake if it is not clearly mentioned that it is done. Because the result steems not only what the hands have performed on the keyboard, it steems also from the much more easy (but has nothing to do with artistical work on the piano) handy editing - wrong note replacements, dynamic adding, speed changing and so on and so on.
And since you mentioned those MIDI works by J.L.Grant, e.g. his WTC recordings, I really regret that they are listed as "normal" recordings (it is mentioned that it is MIDI work, but not cleary separated enough from real recordings, IMHO). I also don't like his takes - it sounds typical MIDI like to me - cold, bloodless, steril, unreal perfectly. Nothing for the heart, so I think - but that is what is music all about. So it misses the main thing what is needed to be good music - it comes not from heart and therefore goes not to heart. Highly personal opinion of course!!!