Yes, if the background noise from down the street is a problem, then how come the players heart beat, other body noise and the chair noise are not an issue.
Makes a good story though.
Sample libraries are nothing new.
A couple of years ago I was driving through the area with a couple families and on a whim decided to check if Cremona had a violin museum. Kind it and spent the afternoon. To this day I think about it and I think it’s one of the top 3 museums I’ve ever been to. It’s mind blowing, exceptionally well done, super interesting and worth every second. An absolute, almost unreal gem, highly recommended!
Seems to me a lot like new Coke. In blind tests people prefer new Coke, but if you tell them what they're drinking...
I suppose so long as people can tell the difference, recording the sounds of the Strads makes some sense, even if people prefer the new violins in blind tests.
Seems like the room was made specifically for these instruments.
There are ways to capture non-point-source IRs, but none are the same as playing the instrument in the space.
Additionally, and perhaps more open to argument, the movement of the performer is part of the sound of an instrument. If the violin is locked in place, with a fixed IR applied, that's not really "what a strad sounds like" when its played for real.
I would suggest that having many more microphones would be a nice idea though.
I can use Avid to make your reference recording sound like any one of hundreds of concert halls in under an hour. I can also generate almost that level of fidelity in real-time with an Alesis rack mount box into your IEMs.
And even in an anechoic chamber, the best of IEMs would still 'leak' a little.
Nope. The Strads do have a great sound. The fact that select modern instruments can make equally great sound does not in any way diminish that for most of the last two centuries, Strads were among the very best-sounding violins.
I remember reading somewhere that you have to play those instruments regularly for it not to change its sound.
Could anyone clear that up for me? Could you tune an instrument, that wasnt properly tuned for decades or centuries?
As far as playing an instrument regularly for it not to change its sound, that’s also true, although I don’t think anyone knows why exactly. It probably has something to do with the way the sound energy of the instrument, when played, is absorbed by the wood in a patterned way over time. Kind of like a used baseball mitt.
If the instrument isn’t played, something happens where the vibrations of the sound don’t flow correctly through the instrument and it can sound, and feel “stuck” to play.
Above reference discusses some of the issues for digital pianos - which are well-established and it is easy to find demonstration models in music shops.
"Stradivari, violins, tree rings, and the Maunder Minimum: a hypothesis" https://s3.amazonaws.com/academia.edu.documents/30407555/bur...
"Chemical distinctions between Stradivari’s maple and modern tonewood" https://www.pnas.org/content/114/1/27