So I now have a better understanding of expression maps and I’m just about setting to building a template using Kontakt 5.8.1 , Native Instruments Symphony Series and possibly Fluffy Audio’s ‘Dominus’ choir.
My PC in CPU terms is knocking on a bit now, but I bought it about three years ago because of its ability to hold a lot of RAM. It is a HP Z800 with Dual Xeon CPU, 64Gb RAM and 500Gb SSD for the system. The samples are held on a 1Tb external SSD connected via a USB3 hub to a USB3 PCI card.
When I set up a template in Studio One 4 recently, I used a separate instance of Kontakt for each instrument, ending up with about 40-50 instances as my template held a ‘pit band’ setup too. The PC handled this fine, enabling real audio tracks to be recorded alongside. If the PC had started to groan, I could have turned the ‘sampled tracks’ into real audio tracks which would have been recorded onto one of the two other SSD I have in the external enclosure. With Studio One 4, my console, the Presonus Studiolive Series 3 integrates fantastically allowing seamless operation as an interface and control surface. I want to ultimately achieve the same (or similar) with Dorico.
Now as I understand it, Dorico only outputs at the moment to 2 audio channels. The beauty of my setup at the moment, is that each instrument shows up on one fader and the mix can be tweaked via automation and of course recalled. I take it there would be no functionality of control surface in Dorico at the moment?
It would seem the choice is to either get Dorico to integrate into what I have or might it be better to try and get Dorico to replay the midi out to my setup? Could it do this via Rewire or something similar?
The Series 3 is a 40 channel desk, although the ‘control surface’ element means you could have an infinite number of ‘computer tracks’ and just bank across. I’m just wondering what would be the best way of combining these. I would have thought that since Studio One 4 and the Studiolive Desk are in essence an integrated system (for example tracks in the tracklist show up on the console etc), I could recall the orchestral template I have setup in Studio One 4 and if there was a way for the midi data to playback from Dorico into Studio One4, I could record automation data within Studio One 4 if the programs could sync together?
My question basically, is could my computer handle 40 instances of Kontakt in Dorico or would I be better to use fewer instances.
Is anyone using a similar setup?