I am not sure, this topic was discussed before, but this is the question which is really interesting for me. Maybe someone of you can clarify me.
I see A LOT of producers, sound designers, composers etc. who are selling their “Sounds” or “Signature-Packs” etc.
My question is: "Is it really enough to take let’s say a synth, like Massive, choose a preset, turning some knobs here and there, and saying “This is my own sound I have created?”. Make 100s of them, put it into one library-folder and sell it online? Is it really enough to call it legal?
The same with Trailer Braams or Whooshes etc. How many libraries are offering these sounds, but do these guys just take a microphone, go outside, record something, going back to the studio, manipulate the sounds? I mean sure they do, but what really comes to mind, that people just take 2 or 3 sounds, which they have bought, from library XY, filter them, layer them, compress them, make 100s of them. Put them back into Kontakt, save the instance, and sell them online.
Just lately I downloaded a free sample-pack from one of the biggest producers out there, I don’t want to call his name, but he has worked for big hiphop-artists like, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, etc. and he offered like his “own signature” drum sounds/samples. I opened the pack, and started to laugh, because the sounds were 1. nothing special, the same 808s, Snares I heard before, 2. a lot of them just total crap really. I sounded like he took an already existing 808 sound, put a compressor on it, bit crushed it a little and called it his own, and now sells in his “super signature pack”.
Is it really legal and enough just to put a couple of FX on an existing sound and call it your own, or should the process be really from scratch, starting with a “SineWave” and doing the “real sound-design”?
Thank you for your answers in advance people!