Ah! my brain has started hurting again!
I have been away from my Daw for 5 years or so (playing piano mostly) and I want to get back into music production again. I have had Cubase for 20 years or so, but never really used Cubase 5 - wonderful though it was (no sarcasm intended its a great production tool no question). I dont really know media bay well, or expression maps (though I took an in depth look 5 years ago). I am now on C6. When I last seriously worked with Cubase it was within the limitations of 32 bit. I now work in Win 7 64bit with core i7 920 and 12 gig, so RAM is not a problem.
I want to set up an orchestral template for work on a (very large) film score type piece. The piece with also contain synth stuff. What with all the changes, and me getting VERY rusty, I forget which method of operation to use to create a proper template.
I dont want to go through a lot of work and then have to change it!
Here is my current stuff:
East West P orchestra, EWChoirs
The Halion Orchestra SE trial with C6
Kontakt 5 (with the great VSL cutdown orchestra)
Vienna Strings (only)
Garritan Stradivarius, Goffrilla Cello
Omnisphere, Absynth 5, Trillian, RMX
Various single instrument VSts such as True Pianos and B4II
I can handle the mixer set up, ie. use a single quality reverb set up through prefaders, use panning also for placement of orchestral sections. I will put the instruments in various folders to cut down on screen clutter.
Cut here are the 4 issues I am struggling with:
1] Whether to use instrument tracks or not, especially with the question of using VSTs like Play which can use more than one MIDI channel (there seems no access to the channel in an instrument track).
2] A second consideration is the new expression maps (should be called articulation maps I think?). I took a look at these with early Cubase 5 found a few bugs - have they been updated? Are they useable?
On the assumption they are useable, do I set up an instance of a multi channel VST ( such as PLAY, Kontakt), load the different articulations and dedicate one instance of the mutlichannel VST to a single library instrument? Using this method involves the instrument rack which will get very, very long.
3] Note Expression As I understand it, this new tech only works with Halion Symphonic orchestra. I suppose this has little impact on the design of templates? It seems to me this is going to be very powerful, so I am wondering whether to purchase Halion Symphonic for Halion Sonic SE, but it seems this only comes in 16 bit at present, though Halion full did have 24bit samples. Opinions anyone?
4] This is a bit subjective, but I am wondering if i should just go for a single massive template with all instruments loaded from all libraries (seems to be overkill, but would you miss out by not doing this?) . Is there a way to use Media Bay to good effect - maybe set up some kind of custom preset track library that you can load>
If anyone can help with the above it would be great!
Hey, Vic are you there?