Christo So is this product of yours intended to be used like a VSL or in conjunction with electronic music instruments?
Yes could be either or both.
Christo I feel overwhelmed by tech-talk - all the jargon and complex explanations. I'm still on noteperformer3 for the sounds but I suspect I might want to get something better at some stage so I suppose I must start educating myself.
I'm in awe of someone like you Dore (I see that's what others call you) who, if I read you correctly built your own mics?!
l'll just explain my motivations and experience…. I did computer music in the late 80's, and learned about MIDI and synthesis as a teenager, with a small setup that I played around with while in engineering school. It's been an off and on hobby for many years, but the basic language of music and midi has been with me for a long time.
So fast forward to now having kids who can mostly take care of themselves, and the information age, where if you have some interest and moxy, you can figure out how to do many things yourself. Incidentally as a design engineer working mostly with industrial designers, it has been very common for me to take technology from one industry and apply it to another. So, with a general/architectural knowledge of music/sampling/music production, I started on this project. Just like my piano playing skills (and other instruments), I'm adequate but not expert - yet have a very broad knowledge. During covid, I learned to tune my piano, didn't want to spend 1000's of dollars on equipment to see how good I could get at sampling, I learned how to build my own mics and use them, etc. I just had an end goal in mind.
That goal arose a few years ago because as I was choosing my personal piano, I wanted to understand the general character of different brands. Rather than go out and play many (which I did also), I scoured youtube for videos of people who review/present pianos yet record them in a similar way so I could compare apples to apples (as much as possible). Then I realized that I could sample pianos in the same way and be able to allow myself and others to compare apples to apples. So now I'm building a library pianos for my personal use, and its a nice by-product that I can share with others.
Incidentally, making the instruments (with continuous testing) actually gets me to practice and learn new music. I would otherwise be lazy and not do this until I serendipitously discovered something that I wanted to learn.
As with all hobbies, just invest some time into learning a few things, try it out, and let it lead you to trying to learn other things. After awhile, you'll realize that you might put together all of your abilities into one product, like I have.