Monday, September 19, 2011

The software available to home musicians these days is amazing. If you're curious, go here, click "Demos," and listen to some of the tracks. (I'd recommend "Morning Adventure," "String Quartet," "Touch" and "The Planets - Venus" to start.) For less than $500 (while the sale lasts) you can buy an almost-totally-convincing simulation of a concert orchestra. The recordings are so realistic and complex I have to remind myself that all the "instruments" and effects, especially reverb, exist only within a computer.