This is an observation, not a moan. Cubase is currently the best DAW to do orchestration work in my view, because it has note expression, expression maps and a decent score editor. I am not quibbling with that.
What I want ot say is that IMO the whole orchestration methodology of creating templates is not working - no matter what DAW it is.
I have spent a good few weeks making templates for various orchestras, using expression maps, setting up mixers etc, but I have decided that this is NOT the way to go.
Well firstly most serious orchestrators have a number of orchestras, not to mention orchestral instruments that run in Samplers like Kontakt. If you are working on a piece its rare to find that you stick with one orchestra. If you set up a template, well how may instruments are included that are just redundant? And how many instruments are not there that will eventually be required?
The templates that I carefully set up, cause a lot of RAM usage around 6 gig for a full orchestra. I have decided this is not the thing to do and have gone back to loading instruments individually.
As far as i am aware, you cant audition individual instruments in Media bay (?) there is the issue of whether they are Play instruments, Kontakt, or VSL etc. But this is what you need to do! We need to be able to compare our instruments easily, then select the favoured instrument and load it without enormous set up issues or unecessary RAM demands.
This is the goal!
What is required is some way to Audition and load a single instrument easily - even from a mutli (no I mean multi, mutli is my dog). Some way to audition and choose say any oboe or violin from any package. its a tall order I know, but this is what is really needed, without having to create massive templates.
Its all currently too much struggle and it interferes with the creativity process
Just thought i would make the point to SB.