This isnt a dig at anyone, so dont take it personally! Its just an observation...
I hear a lot of talk about how its unrealistic to play in a part with say "6 French Horns sus" cause when you do a three part harmony you suddenly have 18 Horns playing. Or same for an 18 violin patch - three notes equals 54 violins!!
Then some say that our midi mockups wont translate well to a real orchestra because we've gone overboard in our midi orchestration. All the sudden it will sound thin.
I dont think it works that way. I dont believe that playing a 4 or 5 part string harmony in midi will suddenly sound half as big when a real orchestra plays it.
The reason I believe, is a couple of things;
First of all tuning, our sample libraries for the most part are pretty straight and clean. 6 perfectly pitched French Horns played on a midi keyboard will sound completely different when 6 real French Horns blow that note.
Or perhaps I should try to explain it another way, sure, ask your 6 Horn players to blow ONE note ONCE and they'll most likely hit it perfectly. This I believe is largely how our samples are recorded.
But ask your 6 musicians to play a melody line and it changes over time. The attack or embouchure of the note when 6 people play for even a few seconds is infinetely variable.
The power and reasonance coming from 6 humans, subtly adjusting and 'tricking' the notes as they play is going to be far greater than 6 sterile midi notes.
What do you guys think? Am I wrong perhaps? Do you have another view?
Its open to discussion.