Originally posted by SantaClaus
I actually record my own as well and when triggered with midi it sounds just like playing the Steinway Concert piano. After all, in an indirect
sense, I am playing it.
I have to disagree. You might be able to get "close enough", but there's no way it will sound "just like" a Steinway. There are way to many
variables in the acoustics of a grand piano. How you play it, where you play it, variations in wood from one piano to the next, temperature,
humidity, all these have an impact on how the piano sounds. Different combinations of notes, at different volumes, have an impact on how the wood
resonates. A digital recreation doesn't account for all these variables (yet). Not to mention the fact that with digital recording/sampling you
don't get the entire waveform (thus the "sawtooth" wave when displayed on a scope, as opposed to the smooth analog wave of the real deal). I admit,
they're getting closer, and eventually will most likely get there, but currently, no.
In most cases these days, though, the sampled version is definitely close enough, especially considering how most stuff is smash mastered to make it
louder than the last song you heard on iTunes, so it kinda sounds like poop anyway. Combine this with the fact that 99% of the listeners are listening
on crappy ear buds, computer speakers, or car stereos with the EQ jacked all wrong and yes, it's probably close enough.
Some things there is just no substitute for. Tube amps and grand pianos are definitely on the list, along with pretty much any wind instrument. I
don't care how well it's sampled, there is nothing that sounds "just like" a Steinway live in a good room.
I'm sure many people will disagree with me, but from what I've seen, with current digital technology instruments are just not reproduced 100%.
This is, of course, just my opinion. Music and sound are such subjective things, there are no absolutes.