While I played trumpet as a kid growing up, my background has been rock bands over the years so I don’t really think like a film composer. However, I do the occasional bit of orchestral writing and would like to do more, so I’m trying to get a good template set up to make things easy.
I’ve used GPO for years and it’s been fine for what I do, so I created a full template last night with it. By the time I’d added all instruments and articulations it was around 250 tracks, with 20 instances of GPO. Around instance 18 GPO started getting flaky (no audio) even though all instances were disabled. Unload a few earlier ones and 18 - 20 worked fine. Even with all 20 loaded, memory and cpu was minimal so I’m sure it’s the plugin, not Cubase or the box. In fairness, I’ve had GPO 4 for over a decade and it probably wasn’t designed to run 20 instances.
This leads me to a couple of questions.
First, when you’re setting up a full on orchestral template, do you include everything? That was my thinking, to have it all there disabled when I create a project from a template so that I can just turn on the ones I want and focus on the music without the buzz kill of having to screw with software configuration. However, there may be other approaches and I’m keen to learn from those of you who do a lot of orchestral work.
Second, it looks like it’s time to upgrade to a newer orchestral library, and I could use some suggestions. I’m not Hans Zimmer and I don’t do music for a living anymore, so I’d like to find something that’s a few hundred bucks at most. Preferably something that I can create the appropriate templates with, and if it happens to support the expression maps right out of the box, that would be convenient as well.
I’d be grateful for any template and library suggestions you might have.