About 10-12 years ago 3D animation was in it\'s infancy. I was trying to get into it and the jobs were scarce. $100,000 SGI\'s running $60,000 Softimage licenses were only afforded by major post houses who in turn charged a premium for the time and talent it took to create with them. Then along came 3D Studio and Lightwave. They couldn\'t hold a candle to the \"big boys\" but kept nipping away at their heels. Now 3D is everywhere and that $5000 logo flip is now $500 or less. The \"big boys\" are all but gone and those that are still around have had to drastically lower their prices to compete. More importantly the talent (people) that drove those machines do not command such a high price any more. You can sit in your parents basement and crank out miracles with a tiny investment.
I see a very similar wave happening with orchestration. Years ago, only a handful of composers would ever hear their work \"rendered\" by a real orchestra. Then along came samples and workstations. Again, couldn\'t hold a candle to the real thing but they kept nipping away as well. Now here we have Garritan, Dan Dean, Sam, KHSS, EWQLSO, VSLO, AO, EIEIO [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] , etc. An amazing sonic pallete literally at our fingertips. Orchestras being sampled so that we don\'t have to call them anymore. Listen to the user demos on VSLO\'s site alone. Magic!
Now the real competition begins. The notes! Because again, for a relatively small investment, we can have all of the sound of an orchestra (OK close anyway). It\'s knowing what to do with them that\'s the tricky part! Are the people who write music professionally feeling this crunch? Bruce mentioned in another post that very few movies require blockbuster scores. Is it harder to get work now that everybody with a bit of talent and the right tools can fool the layman? I recently saw a website where an amatuer composer was giving away free music for people to use in their projects with the hope that oneday one of them would be a famous director and call him up. What astouneded me most was that his music was very, very good. Is it more about marketing yourself and relationships than the notes? I guess, as with all disciplines, the \"cream will rise to the top\". I just hope there\'s some room for me! Any of your thoughts would be welcomed!
Just thinking out loud,
PS Sorry for the extra long post [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]