We listen to so many great demos and wonder how that incredible sound is acheived. Is it possible to identify and rank the components responsible for achieving that sound? Obviously melody/harmony and compositional structure are key, but this exercise puts those components aside and looks at midi compositions strictly from an engineering/sound design perspective.
Possible Sound design components:
1)Quality of the Sample out of the box (i.e. late 90\'s type sounds vs. the newest libararies)
2)Application of Reverb
3)Application of EQ
4)Application of Panning
5)Application of Volume
6)Application of Compression
7)Choice of Instrument for Mix (i.e. you want and compose a trumpet for a particular part, but you choose a flute because the trumpet sample you have just does not sound as good)
Have I missed any components? If so, please add 8, 9, etc. and add them to your rank.
Here\'s my best guess Ranking of importance to achieving a good sound:
Thanks for posting your rank if different. In addition to posting your ranking, could you please answer the following:
You are stuck on a deserted island and can only have either A or B. Which would you choose?
A) A JV-1080 hardware sound module (or comparable late 90\'s-type sound quality) with all the capabilities to adjust Reverb, EQ, Panning, Volume, and Compression
B) The newest libraries (VSL, QL, SI, GPO SAM, etc) with the ability to adjust volume for each instrument but nothing else.