I dunno if this has been discussed before, but I think about this a -lot- now.
Background: Most everything I do with sample libraries is in support of my 'prog rock' type music. I use sampled drums, piano and organ, but most other samples (orchestral for example) are -not- mixed as 'critical' elements. IOW: they are usually in the background or in fills. In short, they don't carry the pieces. I've only done a few commercial (movie) things and in those I was -very careful to also not try to do any ochestral 'heavy lifting'.
Why? Because, sorry to say it, but almost always I just hear the 'sampledness' of it and I totally cringe. I keep wondering -why- guys keep generating this kind of stuff (...er... aside from the budget thing...)
I've started to have some theories on this:
1. Maybe the ear gets 'accustomed' to the crappiness of samples. IOW, if one spends all day working with samples, perhaps one loses perspective of just how crappy they sound relative to real players. (There -are- exceptions, I know.)
2. Maybe some people hear sampled orchestral stuff as a different 'pallette'. I was listening to a 'period instrument' recording of Beethoven's Piano Concerti yesterday and boy the fortepiano and old strings really sound 'sampled'. Almost like a Yamaha CP-70.
3. Maybe working with samples on a keyboard stunts one's ability to orchestrate. IOW: maybe working from a 'keyboard' inhibits real orchestrating like Strauss in favour of 'faux David Foster' style arranging.
4. Or maybe people just -force- the samples to behave like a 'real' orchestra... trying to do various effects that can't yet be done well with samples, instead of -avoiding- those things and using only bowings, etc. that can be emulated easily.
Anyone care to comment on this? If my theory is correct, I wonder if y'all take counter-measures to 'cleanse the pallette' and regain perspective.
It just seems like, after all this time, things would sound -better-. I know y'all care about this stuff so please don't take this as disrespect. Just something I think about in my own work.