el-bo (formerly ebow) wrote:A compressor, delay, reverb, and filter
That's quite difficult too in that it would be next to impossible to satisfy everyone with a "reasonable" or "practical" selection of effects. This is because we tend to take inspiration of an imagined abstract "sound" and aim to achieve that with the tools we have. When the tools don't match up with what we imagine it can ruin that inspiration.
It definitely is interesting to work without any additional processing and just use 100% raw output from the synthesizer. I don't think effects really influence the sound so much in most cases though that you couldn't easily imagine how it would sound with or without effects. Even the majority of demo clips for commercial products use high quality effects and for good reason: it doesn't change the sound of the synthesizer but it does add an enormous level of quality and interest ("polish") to a clip that would otherwise sound "plain".
Effects are important but I don't agree they're as important as people make them out to be. A winning composition would still very likely win with or without effects just as much as a poorly scoring composition would still score poorly with or without them.
So for those interested in working without them it makes sense to do so voluntarily. I think forcing people to conform may simply destroy their inspiration or interest in composing for the competition.
See, I just can't agree with this at all. If this were true, record producers would save as much money as possible on equipment and just record everything dry and unprocessed. And we both know that can't be farther from the truth.
The masses listen to music that is drowned in production, good song or not. To do it any other way, on a commercial level, is suicide.
Look, I've been hacking around the music business since I was 20 years old. I'm going to turn 60 in November. I can't tell you how many A&R men, publishers, agents and God knows who else, told me "Look, it's a good song but the production quality is bad. No label looking for a "song" is going to listen past the first few notes with these productions. You have to basically have a "radio ready" song for anybody to even take a listen."
That's the reality of the business. And the reason it's the reality of the business is because no "consumer" is going to listen to a song on the radio that isn't "professionally" produced. And a HUGE part of that professional production, probably today more than even 40 years ago, is FX.
And I'm not talking sci fi FX. I'm talking a good reverb or delay, especially on vocals.
We all want to believe that the "song" does and should be all that matters. But that can't be farther from the truth in the business world.