Do you produce music? If so, then you know how important of a role technology plays in modern production efforts. It might be that you’re producing music to be used in commercial spots on TV. Or maybe you’re trying to license out some of your productions for any other kind of work that might be out there. But, there is a push within specific musical genres to sound as realistic and natural as possible. And this can be a puzzle for people trying to make this happen. Technology is there to help you out in this pursuit.
Think of the few ways where technology is going to be invaluable as you try to improve your music compositions. First of all, high-end recording technology will help you get top-tier recordings of beautiful instruments in natural environments. Secondly, there are high-tech sample players and sample processors that do an incredible job of sounding hyper-realistic with almost any instrument imaginable. Third, there is technology that allows you to create convolution reverb for any sound. With that, you can make it sound like any instrument is in a particular sound space, and a mathematical algorithm will do the heavy lifting for you to get the audio right.
Sometimes natural recordings are a result of extremely high-quality recording devices. For example, if you wanted to record a Steinway and get all of the beautiful sounds from it, you would want to use the most technologically-savvy combination of microphones and recording devices possible. There are a range of portable recorders that you could use for this if you’re going to go to a location to record these piano samples. Or, if there is a piano and studio already, there are combinations of high-end microphones and pristine mixing consoles that do a thoroughly professional job of recording.
One of the ways to get natural sounds from a synthetic source is through samples. You can download sample libraries that have absolutely beautiful and pristine recordings of any instrument that you can think of. Some instruments are sampled hundreds of times up and down different notes and with different tonal qualities. Using high-tech sample players, you can get natural and convincing performances even just triggering these samples on the keyboard.
What you think it would sound like playing guitar in a cave, or in the Sistine Chapel, or in a recording studio in England? With convolution reverb, you get your answer. A series of very complex mathematical equations along with recording samples of tones played in those exact locations will give you a way to put your instrument right in the middle of that aural environment.