Day 18 – Take Advantage of MIDI [31DBR]

Welcome to Day 18 of 31 Days to Better Recordings.

We’ve talked about recording instruments with microphones quite a bit, but what about virtual instruments?

What if your song needs a piano, and you don’t own one?

What if you need an orchestra, but you don’t have the cash to hire the Nashville Symphony?

Then it’s time to take a trip to MIDI Town.

I Know What You’re Thinking…

Are you a recording snob? “MIDI is lame and sounds fake.”

I know. I kinda used to be a recording snob, too. Then I just tried out some of the virtual instruments out there. The truth is…a lot of them sound amazing.

If you mix them right, and if you factor in the cost of finding/hiring that weird instrument you’re looking for, virtual instruments make a lot of sense for most home studio folks.