Virtual vs Real Instruments
Real vs Virtual Instruments
I have been recording, mixing, and sequencing music for the past two years (still a rookie but intelligent enough to talk about music) and have wondered if it is more cost efficient to make music using real instruments or just to sequence them using virtual instruments. I have even heard a sample of a virtual composition compared to the actual recording on a big budget movie and I could not tell the difference. So I am wondering, are real instruments going to be replaced by virtual and does it actually save time and money?
Here are a couple pros and cons for both:
1. Can only take one person to get the job done.
2. Cheaper! - No need for musicians, microphones, space, studio, instruments, hardware (compressors, pre amps, etc),
composer, hd rig. All you need is a keyboard and a computer with Logic Pro, Reason, Cubase, etc.
3. If you are good - you can be as dynamic as a real instrument.
1. Very music savvy individuals can pick up on real vs fake.
2. Sequencing is very time consuming and takes a lot of practice to be seasoned.
3. You still need to know some music theory.
1. The recording of a song with a full band is an EXPERIENCE in itself. It fun and emotional to be apart of the recording
2. Real instruments will always sound more authentic and dynamic.
3. Keeping real instruments in the music process will keep musicianship alive and give reason for them to play.
1. Can be very expensive like a said earlier in pro virtual.
2. If your musicians aren't that good at what they do, then your job has just begun! You have to edit things to be on time and
in tune in order for you to have your name on it (if you even want your name on it).
3. Sometimes the recording experience is not so fun: like your artists are very difficult to work with or they need the perfect
conditions to be artistic. Or someone have have forgot to press record instead of play and you missed the best take.
Since I don't know how to play an instrument, I am a sequencer and I also prefer virtual over real. But if I was an amazing
acoustic guitar player I would probably prefer the real deal. If anyone has a take on this please post something!