I am using the EastWest Hollywood Orchestra in Cubase 8.5 Pro.
Each orchestral instrument is on a MIDI track and is using the related VST instrument and channel for its sound. I have loaded each of the sections (Woodwinds, Strings, Percussion and Brass) into their own VST Instrument.
Where I am confused is doing the mixes. For example, I can change the volume for the clarinet on either the MIDI track or the VST track. Which one should I be using? Since I am able to do this, I am thinking I am not approaching this correctly.
Also, if I want to change the overall volume of the section, I thought I can adjust the volume of the VST (brass, woodwinds, etc). However, for some of the VST Instruments it works, but other it does not. For example, when I change the volume on the Woodwind VST, all the woodwinds adjust, except for the bassoon. Yet, the bassoon is on the Woodwind VST.
Is there a better way to setup/load the VST instruments when using MIDI tracks? I thought that by having one VST instrument per section would be a better way to conserve memory, instead of a VST for each instrument. Plus, I can use the expression maps and more easily jump to channels or keyswitches to get different articulations.
Thank you for the help.