I've done a few short things with GPO in the past week after acquiring it , but this is my first longish attempt (~3:30). I've tried orchestral pieces before with my roland jv-1010 synth but it was mostly horrid. I really like doing string work with a solo cello and a small violin ens. The realism suprises me.
Things that need work:
Brass section is horrid in the middle. I think it's due to all the instruments playing at the extremes of their ranges - picc trump, trumpet, bass trombone - reguardless, I'm having a tough time with brass. I do like the piccolo trumpet at the end though.
Snare rolls are a bit out of control.
Cello at the end could be better.
I haven't started using a foot pedal yet as i don't have one...just a big old mod wheel!
But all in all I'm really excited about GPO - ready to take some music theory classes and work my way up to composition. I've been doing electronic / technoish stuff and rock for the past 5 years btw.
I really haven't been adjusting panning too much as instruments seem to be prepanned for the ususal orchestra setup - but since i'm not using a full orchestra it would make sense to make some adjustments. But...I do like my sounds pretty dry - that said, I have everything bussed to an ambience reverb ranging from 40% to 65% send.
I like the harpsichord verrrry much too - the samples are great. I need a dulcimer to go with it!