I'd like to know how other people sequence their string pieces. The one I composed and posted up recently was a real challenge for me.. here's why.
Basically, starting the piece is the hardest, because it's a blank slate. So I start with the violins. And as I'm recording the violin line, there is no point of reference. I basically have to hear the other string lines in my head and record the violin line the WHOLE WAY THROUGH. If I stop recording, I'm screwed, right? Because with all the modulation going on for dynamics, and the lengthy sustains of the notes, in order to pick up RIGHT where I left off, I would have to somehow match up the previous modulation wheel value, AND delete the previous "MIDI off" event so it thinks I never let up off the keyboard. I'm sure there's some kind of tool in Sonar that would let me select two notes and say "merge" in order to connect them together.. so that would solve that issue. I could simply hit record, and continue playing, and merge the two notes together (the last note I recorded on take #1, and the first note on take #2). What about modulation, though?
And what about recording line by line? Is there any easier way? Maybe loading up a full keyboard string patch, and playing it in with chords, and then cutting and pasting the proper notes to their separate staves. But that would also be pretty time consuming and challenging.
It's kind of hard to explain this process, but I think the description above nails it. How do you go about tackling this?