From reading Sound Design Meta I'm under the impression that "sound design for music" questions are off-topic for this exchange. Is there an Exchange where these questions are on-topic? I'm aware there are a huge number of forums on the wider web but I do like the stack exchange format.
There's the Sound Design obviously, and there's Music.
Sound design questions are on topic here, "even" if they're in a musical context. While I can understand some users' reservations about allowing all sort of sound production questions (live mixing etc.), I really can't agree if someone objects to a question solely because it's in the context of music production.
For me personally, these musically-oriented questions are the most interesting – if they are good quality; I think the problem is not being musical as such but the fact that there are many amateurs out there asking about one particular sound in one particular piece of music. Not the most exciting kind of question in general, but like questions about one particular film sound effect I feel they should be on topic.
It seems like musically-oriented sound questions are asked more on Music.SE these days after the SSD merge. I can't really point out anything wrong with that, but I do feel such questions were better off on old AVP, where one could assume a rather higher standard of familiarity with technical language etc.. For the same reason, at least the more technical sound questions in a musical setting should now be on topic here.
I think that there is a semantic issue underneath this issue, bare with me. In English there's one word for: music/audio/music-production/a-healthy-state.. That word is 'Sound'.
So 'Sound' has a lot of meanings in different contexts. -In music production: the sound of a band or a piece of gear -In film production: sound on set or in post production (and they are bundelled with score to create the soundtrack..) -In describing things as healthy or good ' a sound advice'.
Sound design is a easily used term by almost anyone. But there's a distinction between what Walter Murch intended (when he coined the term) and what creators of presets for electronic instruments (synthesizers or other gear). And that distinction lies in the misusage of the word sound (on both accounts).
A sound created by an electronic instrument is described in other languages as follows 'klank'(in Dutch), 'klange' (german), etc. In English there is no word for an instrumental sound (besides preset), to my knowledge at least. A sound design process for a narrative (like a movie) is using the word sound in a way that confuses as well. For example: it is written as a singular noun, but it is actually a plural, meaning the overall sound of the movie (in this example.
Thanks for reading this far, I'll try to conclude here :)
So is music production a sound design process? No it's a music design process. It's not about a narrative it's about something more mysterious because it stands on it's own. Which sound design (almost) never does, there's almost always a narrative in some form (visually or in form of text).
That's a distinction I feel we need to make, because now we are opening the gates to anything concerning sound.