UPDATE: I just received this from the lead violinist from my recent string session and she has just read this entire discussion:
I just read this....see below. So sorry to hear that you were so disappointed. We really did try to help you the best we could. I tried to tell you the many times we talked about going to hear other music and getting more of an idea of what is quality.
I can see now that trying to work with someone who is self-trained through computers doesn't really work. We are MUSICIANS! You can't expect real people to perform like machines, i.e. repeating the same thing hundreds of times with NO variation. Haven't you heard of theme and VARIATIONS!!
It was the topic of the children's concerts that we just gave with the Las Vegas Philharmonic as an introduction to the basic concepts of music. There is no where you can go where what you have put together will be accepted as music.
It wasn't our fault that the one chart you had did not work out with your tracks. Why didn't you check your chart with what you had already recorded on the synth. (I hope you read music...I was starting to have my doubts. )
Sean, lots of hard work and education goes into being a musician. You can't take shortcuts through technology and call it music unless you have a real background and know what works. I dont' want to embarass you and post this, so please remove what you have written from the web."
There it is- my music will never be accepted as real music and no one who is self-trained and writes music via computers is a true musician. Wow, I hope all the session musicians in LA don't feel the same way about electronic musicians. "I hope you read music...I was starting to have my doubts." No I don't read music as well as I would like which is why I hired a conductor to score my music. Of course the lead violinist didn't seem to respect the conductor which didn't help matters. Me, my wife, and the recording engineer can all attest to that.
Just to set the record straight, the string players at my session are all accomplished musicians and I'm not going to try to say otherwise. I just feel that they didn't take the project as serious as they should have and they didn't deliver the quality I feel they should.....but you I still paid them in full and I never mentioned anyone by name. I've already had numerous people tell me that I should post every minute of the session up on the web with the names of the performers. I don't want to do that due to professional courtesy between musicians (even if she doesn't believe me to be a real musician). In fact, I had no plans of ever telling any of the performers of my dissatisfaction and I wish they had not read this. I do feel that my original post had to be posted, though. If I had read a post like this before this experience I'm sure I would have taken more precautions and sought more knowledge before hiring string performers.
Sorry for another post on the same topic so soon, but wow this is becoming even more interesting.