Poll – Sample Libraries: Processed or Not? Published June 27, 2011 Just curious what you folks prefer in commercial sample libraries. [polldaddy poll=”5185550″] . Published in Uncategorized Previous Post Check this out – Cymbal at 1,000 fps Next Post Poll – Sampled Instruments: Formats
It depends… could you clarify what you mean by “processing”?
Simple stuff like subtle compression and eq that you might do while tracking, and making sure the samples have consistent levels within the library should be done. Depending on what I’m looking for, I might want more processed stuff or not.
a door slam, processed with noise reduction, saturation, sub bass, time stretching, pitch shift, and reverb to make a massive door slam.
I could take 10 sounds and process them 10 different ways each.
I think sound designers would prefer to do processing themselves, on the other hand they could just create the sounds themselves.
Others might just want a cool sound that’s close to what they need and wouldn’t care what it started out as.
Noise reduction and basic volume leveling would be standard.
I am lazy. The less processing I need to do, the better; the closer the sample sound is to what I need for a mix, the better.
That being said, some of the stuff you talk about (saturation, sub bass, time stretching, reverb… and while you’re at it, why not toss in some bitcrushing and glitching?) seems like too much. Anything that I can’t easily undo (with the exception of noise reduction and perhaps really subtle compression) potentially makes slotting the sample into a mix harder or impossible in some cases.
It’s one of my complaints about a lot of loops – it might have a killer drum groove, but then they decide it would sell better with a cheeay synth pad and/or crappy bass part lying on top of it. Since I’m quite capable of creating my own lousy bass parts and cheesy synth pads (which usually fit better with what I’m trying to do), the added cruft makes the loop useless to me. And, of course, they never release the individual parts.
Which leads me to my main point – why not release both? Release the raw sounds on an auxiliary CD/download, together with the processed sounds? That way, you your customers can the best of both worlds – it doesn’t take a whole lot more to save the pre-processed sample before you start munging it.
Noise reduction and proper levels are preferable for me. I like to take sounds and shape them myself.
yea, i hate users who buy, omnisphere, komplete 8…. insane pricing
I made myself high quality samples from any sound samples by chaining through high quality hardware model plugins, compression, eq, saturation, phase coloration and stereo distribution