How much value do real acoustic instruments add to predominately sample-based compositions these days? I know this is a “depends” question, but with the improvement in sample quality are we beginning to see diminishing returns relative to the extra work of adding a few live components?
So many here are accomplished players of real instruments (I know who you are and I know what you play), yet do you find yourself looking less at adding live instruments to punch up the composition than you did a few years ago? Has anyone experienced any differences in adding live instruments to the more realistic sample libraries vs. older sample libraries? Thanks for any perspective, comments, practices.