INTRODUCTION: (may want to just skip ahead to the question if short on time)
I've been enjoying GS3 Orchestra for the past 12 or so hours- I've noticed that with this software it has been initially much easier to switch instruments through channel changes vs bank/patch # changes.
My sequencer is Finale (I know, I know), and in the past with 2.54 I had best luck by editing each instrument to have a specific bank and patch number. I would then load all instruments needed in GS160- My sequencer would send the patch requests and like magic all of the instruments "fell into place" at the appropriate channels.
So far this approach doesn't work the same (esp. with bank changes) with GS3, and I've experimented by adding channel changes instead of patch # changes in Finale- this does seem to work... so far.
I'm assuming that this approach may actually be much simpler than the previous way of editing every instrument to have the correct bank/patch #- now I can just put a sample on the desired channel # and go from there.
Am I missing something here- will I run into problems with this approach? And if this is good, then can I assume that patch/bank numbers in the sequencer will no longer matter as long as I have the correct channel settings?
Scenario- if a piece begins with sustained clarinet but later switches to staccato, instead of changing instrument through patch change I'll now just designate a new channel to switch to in the sequencer.
Sustained: Chan. 1
Staccato: Chan. 2
(Patch/Bank numbers don't matter?)