Strings are a new topic (so is GPO) for me and though I trust my ear to some degree, I want to ask for some advice regarding how to use the string samples. So, here goes...
I have found through reading on the forum that to get a the kind of sound I am looking for I should not have been using the lush strings, but rather stacking the solo strings. This makes sense and has already improved the sound and is the direction to take to get the sound I am looking for. However, I believe I will need 2 - 3 strings (maybe more) per part to get what I am looking for and I have several questions that I do not know how to answer.
1) If I am stacking several strings on one part, should I use, say Strad Ens 1 for each instance I am stacking? Or should I use Ens 1, Ens 2, Ens 3?
2) Lets say I was talking about the Violin 1 part in question number one. For Violin 2 do I create the same stack? If not, how do I vary it?
3) Is it ok to mix strad, gagli and guarn violins in the piece? If so, do you mix when stacking violins for each part or do you, say, keep strad for Violin 1, Gagli for violin 2, etc?
I know these are very basic questions. I was taking the angle that I should just experiment, but I'd rather get guidance from those of you who have done such incredible work. I also was considering the fact that all violinists in an orchestra do not have the same violin. This is something that I had never thought about before. This makes me lean towards the `mix it up as much as you can' method, but I'm not convinced it is the right path. Hence, I'm asking.
Thanks for any help. I would like to get a demo up pretty soon and see what you all think.