This my game plan - 90% completed at present…
One or two Play instances per section for the woodwinds brass and strings. This depends on how many master outputs are needed (Play having a maximum of 9 stereo pairs per instance).
Load one master keyswitch per Play instrument ( e.g. solo violin and the violin sections being ‘different’ ‘instruments’ in this respect)
One project track ‘per play instrument’ with an expression map to change the keyswitches
One folder track per tranditional orchestral group, plus a folder for ‘chromatic percussion’ inc harpichord, harp, xylophone, marimba etc) I.e. any keyboard type instrument.
Somewhat different approach for the harp which does not have a keyswitch instrument - this gets one project track and an expression map that changes the MIDI channel and an instance of Play with each articulation loaded with different MIDI channels - but the same stereo pair as an output for all articulations. Similar treatment for percussion groups (woods, metals, etc) at present I have the following groups of sounds each with an individual stereo out - timpani; bass drums; snares and field; woods; metals.No expression maps here yet, they all have their own project track. Not usre if this is the best way to go as often several percussion is on one staff.
Tonight I am considering whether to output the groups of instruments to the same stereo outputs. For example is there any point having ‘solo flute’ and ‘three flutes’ on different stereo outs? Probably not, but there may be a point in having the first (solo) violin on a different stereo pair, to the violin sections. Still thinking this over…
There is also the issue of the violins traditionally having two sections, and the matter of divisi - how is this to be reflected in the project window? Most of the time one staff should be good enough (and two violinists sharing the same stand read the same staff high and low/left and right), but if one divisi part articulates different from the other this might not be possible …hmm…
In the mixer:
create a mixer view for each section (woods, brass etc) then output each section to a group channel, include the relevent group channel in the mixer view for that section (woodwind group channel in woodwind mixer view. This gives the ability to find each section easily and adjust either individual channels for an individual play instrument, or, use the gruop channel as a local master for this section.
finally a mixer view for all the group channels for over mixing before going to the master out.
The goals are:
To emulate a classical score arrangement as far as possible
To use the minimum number of tracks (with expression maps controlling the articulations)
To keep the mixer user friendly but deliver appropriate and intuitive control
To merge the outputs of Play instruments that represent the same instrument (e.g. 3 clarinets and solo clarinet) into the same stereo outs, in order to a] simplfy the mixer, and b] allow for cohesive mixing using one fader.
To deliver maximum flexibility of articulations for any given track
To deliver a ‘master’ template that can easily be cut down into smaller sections and saves as e.g. ‘EWQL Strings’
Should have this one finished by the end of the week