Never in a million years would I think realistic sounding instruments would begin to \"showcase\" an inability to orchestrate. It use to be the other way around. My arranging and composing skills were more advanced than the instruments.
Remember when solo violins, or solo cello were so bad, you could never use them properly? We used lots of string pads, etc., which were so easy to apply.
Thanks to Garritan, VSL, and all the others, we now are able to properly orchestrate. Rather than using a string \"pad\" we use a combo of one cello voice on its own track, one viola on another, and maybe a few layers violin strings on another track - more emulating a real orchestra.
Problem is, doing things \"right\" is extremely hard to make sound good, and wondering how do you guys do this?
I write the entire base composition in piano. Composition typically has left hand playing some base chords while right hand is countering with melody. Converting those chords/melodies to strings is very difficult. If I simply replace the piano chord/melody track with one big sample of sustained strings (using AO, not that it\'s relevant), it actually sounds OK. But I know I\'ll never be happy with the end product orchestrating and using samples that way. Maybe this is where I send the piano composition to an orchestrator and call it a day? [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] This does not intuitively sound right, as the composition can change completely depending on the orchestration, instruments used - so there would have to be lots of collaboration. On the other hand maybe this would be a less painful way to learn how to use these samples and save my sanity as the same time.
I do realize there is no easy answer. Just wondered if anyone else ever hit this wall. Maybe I\'m wrong? Maybe it is ok to play a two note chord with my left hand and a melody with my right hand using one sample of susstained strings and one midi track to emulate a piano chord/melody? It certainly is a cheap and quick way to produce that full, complex sound.
Thanks for any comments.