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I have a strong preference for 'real' instruments 47 31.33%
I have a slight preference for 'real' instruments 45 30.00%
I have no preference either way 53 35.33%
I have a slight preference for electronic instruments 4 2.67%
I have a strong preference for electronic instruments 1 0.67%
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:34 AM   #1
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What's your preference on the 'realness' of an instrument?

Simple question: What's your preference about the 'realness' of a musical instrument that you're listening to? For the purposes of this thread, a 'real' instrument is one that creates sound acoustically through air movement or vibration of (parts of) the instrument.

I have a pretty strong preference for 'real' instruments. I enjoy the human element of performance and hearing people achieve something that I cannot do.


Disclaimer: I'm not suggesting that one is better than the other. If you are at the other end of the spectrum, that's koo
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:36 AM   #2
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:37 AM   #3
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I have a pretty strong preference for 'real' instruments. I enjoy the human element of performance and hearing people achieve something that I cannot do.

yea, this
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:39 AM   #4
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I tend to enjoy the timbre of 'real instruments' more, probably 'cuz that's what I'm familiar with. But like lots of music that's produced w/ virtual instruments sounds super incredible and I dig that kind of stuff too.

As far as virtual instruments trying to mimic irl instruments, I am not a fan. Is that what you mean?
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:39 AM   #5
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When I'm listening to music I have no preference but I prefer playing 'real' instruments to electronic instruments. I might have a slight preference to 'real' instruments if I'm at a live show as well.

I like music with both but with all of that said I would say I have a slight bias towards 'real' instruments.

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As far as virtual instruments trying to mimic irl instruments, I am not a fan. Is that what you mean?


This too. I'd rather just use a synth for those parts than try to play it off as real (Even though I have used a virtual piano before).

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Old 12-18-2012, 12:44 AM   #6
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I voted option 1, but I think neither should be used at the expense of sound quality. I'd rather hear some really rich electronic sounds over some weak ass real sounds.

Radiohead gave me a lot of appreciation for electronic sounds because of how they mix it with bomb ass analog tone. As long as you have a commitment to creating a rich sound quality, you can use whatever you want to get there. I just feel like digital sounds often miss the mark.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:47 AM   #7
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strong preference for real but not totally opposed to synth.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:49 AM   #8
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:50 AM   #9
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I think EDM is terrible lol

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Old 12-18-2012, 12:51 AM   #10
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I prefer the natural sounds of the acoustic instruments but I also can't live without my electric guitar.

I hate synths and other electronic music shizzles though
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:54 AM   #11
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Definite preference for real.


I get turned off from too clean production alone.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:56 AM   #12
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I'll say slight preference. I like prog, and a lot of prog has synth and stuff.
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:06 AM   #13
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I prefer the real, mostly because a lot of, I guess "not real", or however you wanna label it, instruments have a specific sound that actually feels artificial. I don't like that much.
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:12 AM   #14
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Are electric guitars a "real" instrument?
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:14 AM   #15
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I have a slight inclination towards electronic instruments tbh. I enjoy the massive variation of textures
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:15 AM   #16
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Are electric guitars a "real" instrument?



Partially. The initial sound is produced by acoustic vibration.
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:17 AM   #17
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So is an Electric Guitar thru a Fender Blues deluxe not considered a 'real' instrument for purposes of this thread?

And what are we comparing these 'real' instruments too?

To me, an instrument is an instrument. Even a Midi controller is an instrument too imo, because it's a tool to control software instruments.

But, if you are asking about Acoustic instruments like a Banjo, Mandolin, Classical/Acoustic Guitars, Harmonica, etc... I do LOVE those types of instruments. But they would be worthless without microphones and/or on-board electronics besides just playing for yourself or a VERY small audience.
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:22 AM   #18
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To me, an instrument is an instrument. Even a Midi controller is an instrument too imo, because it's a tool to control software instruments.



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Old 12-18-2012, 01:24 AM   #19
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As far as virtual instruments trying to mimic irl instruments, I am not a fan. Is that what you mean?

lol I can guarantee someone like you couldn't even be able to tell a professional mockup from a real orchestra.
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Partially. The initial sound is produced by acoustic vibration.



Okay then, as an electric guitarist, I have a strong preference for real instruments.

Some electronic instruments can sound good when used in the right places.
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