Long time lurker, first time poster.
I have a couple of smaller film projects coming up that call for heavy orchestral scores, so I'd like to build an orchestral template within my sequencer (Logic Pro 7). I'm wondering how folks on a pro level (episodic TV, film) have gone about building their templates. My main concerns are flexibility, ease of navigation, speed, and efficiency.
I currently have all the major orch. libraries (Sonic Implants Brass/Strings, VSL Pro Edition, Miroslav, EWQLSO Platinum, GOS, Quantum Leap Brass, Dan Dean, etc.). I have four dedicated sampler computers (in addition to my main host comp.): two Mac dual-proc. G4s running Kontakt and 2 WinXp machines running Giga3 Orchestral.
I've done a bunch of commercial work, but not a lot of orchestral-only stuff, and I'm not sure where to start. I think I'm suffering from option anxiety. Just trying to narrow it down to one or two libraries seems overwhelming. I'm curious to know how others have approached auditioning and choosing sounds, why they selected certain libraries over others, how they've organized instruments and sections within their host and dedicated sampler computers, etc.
I think those of us in the "aspiring" column could certainly benefit from hearing how the pros on this forum have built their templates and how they work with them (key switching vs. lots and lots of separate tracks for different articulations, etc.), as well as any productivity tips that can be shared (again, emphasis on speed, efficiency, ease of navigation, etc.).
Thanks in advance for weighing in.