Originally posted by Alan Lastufka:
Well, for starters, make sure that if you\'re building ensembles to only use the ensemble instruments and not the solo mixed with the ensemble as you will get phasing problems.
Next, make sure that the instruments you are playing with sound nice together, lay down some kind of block chord and assign the low, mid and high note to three different instruments and see how they sound playing at the same time (that\'s what I do). I\'m brand new to orchestrating and arranging (although I\'ve been writing for piano for a long time, so I truely can\'t give you more help then that.
One last thing I noticed, with the above test, especially in the cellos the ensemble instruments have very different sounds, some are very \'wooden\' and some are \'cleaner\' (sorry I don\'t know the technical descriptions) and some of these will sound good with other instruments and some will not.