This is just a thought that occurred to me and I’m not sure I’ve thought it through very well or if there’s a better way to do it, but…
I’m sure most of us have created fat layered sounds by running one midi controller to half a dozen different synths. Generally works great.
But it’s not quite the same sound as having six different keyboard players playing six different keyboards. Just like putting a piano through a chorus pedal doesn’t really sound the same as multiple pianos.
In particular I find it difficult to get satisfying results layering percussive kind of sounds, especially multiple pianos. Trying to replicate the sound of three different piano players playing in unison, or recording three different takes in a DAW and then layering them together.
So I thought about a “midi delay” kind of plugin that simply adds a random delay to midi note on and note off events. I’m picturing a midi in block in GP routed in parallel to three or four of these “midi random delay” blocks. On the other side of those blocks I’d put my instrument VSTi’s.
Except I can’t seem to find such a thing. Anyone ever seen or tried something like this?