Short question - Is there a resource available to explain how a generic 'Strings' MIDI track should map to multiple instruments like an orchestral string section? (I.e. - the group violins, violas, chellos, double bass - the four in the VSO library) What note ranges might apply to each instrument?
Long question and background:
I set up and started working yesterday with GSt 3.0 Orchestra. I am impressed at how much more effortlessly GSt 3.0 seems to be working on this hardware than 2.5/96 did. As I've never done anything with orchestral libraries before I grabbed a MIDI file online of Mars (Holst) to work with as a test case. Using VSO which came with GSt 3 and some instructions from Ted Vanya in another thread I was able to get much, but not all, of it sounding at least reasonable in a couple of hours. Most of this was spent trying to figure out what gig file to map to what MIDI channel and what instrument in the gig to use. None of it was spent looking at the MIDI notes themselves, other than quickly adjusting MIDI velocities and volumes in Pro Tools.
Now I'm at the first 'step back and think about it' point and I'm looking at what was the weakest part of the sound for me - the strings. After a few minutes of looking at the notes I suddenly noticed that the range of MIDI notes in the string tracks are wider than the notes supported in any single VSO library. No matter what transposition I might choose in Pro Tools some portion of the notes would remain unplayed if I map the 'Strings' track to any single gig.
So, what do I do? Do I build some sort of stacked gig setup that covers the range? That seems weak since I'm not controlling which notes go to which instruments.
Do I take the existing MIDI Track and break it up into multiple tracks for each instrument, assuming I can do that without the score? (Not really interested in this as I'm only doing this work to learn, but it may be helpful to go through the process at least once...)
Do I look for other MIDI files that have multiple string tracks broken out already? Not that interesting as there's no guarantee I'd find one.
Maybe no one here deals with this as you are composing, but since I'm mostly a guitar player just playing with this stuff for the first time, doing it right and learning something is of a lot of interest to me before I try to do any writing using this sort of library. (I have primarily used GSt 2.5 with piano, synth and drum gigs up until now.)
Thanks in advance for your ideas and pointers.