In a thread I started a while ago to get ideas for a sample library that I hope to create, 'Poll: What do you look for in a sample library', the topic of recording rooms rose up. Some people said that I shold record in a real hall because (especially in the strings) certain noises (like bow noise) smooth out in natural ambience, unlike 'fake' reverbs. But that would lower the versatility, because you would only be able have your orchestra play in one hall. If I did close dry samples, ff bow scratches and noise would be terrible and the player I would be sampling would have to adjust his/her playing style so the noise would be softened, and that would take away a certain amount of realism.
So what we want is a sample with bow noise that's been smoothed out by distance, and dryness for versatility. Then I thought of my big, long carpeted vaulted-ceilingded living room. If I put the instrumentalist at one end and the mics at the other, I would have just that--a distant dry sample!
Some people perfer the bow noise and close samples, so I could do a version with that too.
Is this a good idea?