Originally Posted by Rufuss Sewell
I imagine that when you play two notes at the same time on a real piano the sound waves bounce off of each other in a pleasant way. When you play two notes that were sampled separately that interaction is lost. Maybe the next generation of piano samples will feature every possible combination of 10 notes (one for each finger) and play the sample of an entire chord rather than several samples played together. Of course there will have to be samples of arpeggios, every possible combination of velocities within the chord, it would be an absolutely massive collection of samples. But I bet it'll happen.
I once sat around with some computer types and we were jawboning late through the night talking about what you could do with computers.
This was in the 80s and you have to remember that a hot box had, like, 640 kB of RAM and clocked at, maybe 8 or 10 mHz... many computer games were not even animated. I don't mean 3D -- I mean at all. Text screens, maybe a crude, static bitmap of who your character is supposed to be. That was if your computer even had a graphics card. Forget about sound.
Anyhow, it's late and alcohol may have been consumed, etc, especially etc, and we start talking about what you can model.
You can model thermodynamics, you can model economics. Given enough computer you'll be able to model global weather patterns.
Of course, someone says, you'd need a lot
So then, someone says, well, gee
, given enough computer -- you could model the entire universe
But think of the complexity and the capacity you'd need...
There was a silence.
Finally, a guy who'd been lying on his back smoking cigarettes more or less silently for a long time says:
It would have to be so complex and capacious that it would be eaiser to simply recreate
As someone who longs for the 115 year old piano
in storage in the garage below me (one of those compromises in life, but at least I still own it), the appeal of virtual acoustic pianos is painfully obvious to me -- even with the gut understanding that a v-piano will never be like the real thing -- I still have eternal hope...
But there is also one reality that has become apparent to me that tempers my optimism:
Each new piano (or virtual drumkit for that matter) sounds great
. At first.
But there's this inexorable, exponential slide. I'm not the first to point out that, particularly in the world of modeled, sampled or otherwise facsimilized instruments, familiarity seems to breed contempt