In-Your-Face Strings

Getting a Hollywood-close Sound

Left half of a glass with water, tilted so there is less water on the left half
Right half of a glass with water, tilted so there is less water on the right half
Close and room mic waveforms and a staccato note in notation with volume tapered after the initial note attack

Film Research

Several of the top composers and mastering engineers from the film industry have stressed envelope, mic alignment, and other experiments as alternatives to compression. For a clean, bold, and ultra-pristine orchestral sound, there's a few gold nuggets here.

"I don't compress my orchestra."

—Hans Zimmer

(composer: Dune, The Lion King, Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, Dunkirk, Pirates)

"We don't want the reverb to overcome the direct sound... or dialog"

—Shawn Murphy

(score mixer: The Hunger Games, Titanic, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, X-Men, How to Train Your Dragon)