I am a relative newcomer to Giga sequencing. I have a major project I am doing for Christmas, and before I start setting up Cubase / Giga I would like some advice on the best way to do it.
The project is a sequence of some large orchestral pieces. The articulations for each part vary so much that if I had a separate channel for every program I use I would end up with about 200 MIDI channels!!
For example, I am using both Dan Dean and VSL solo trumpets (with VSL ensemble). I was thinking of having a MIDI channel for each trumpet (3) and one for the ensemble. BUT; trumpets 1 and 2 will use both Dan Dean V and NV programs, so if I set each giga file to its own track, I would end up with:
Tpt 1 V (DD)
Tpt 1 NV (DD)
Tpt 2 V (DD)
Tpt 2 NV (DD)
Tpt 3 (VSL)
Tpt Ens (VSL)
And that's before I've even started with the various VSL articulations!
So, should I stack them, and set up keyswitches to go between them? Eg:
Tpt 1 (DD Tpt V and DD Tpt NV stacked)
Tpt 2 (DD Tpt V and DD Tpt NV stacked)
Tpt 3 (Various VSL files stacked)
Tpt Ens (Various VSL files stacked)
I'm using trumpets as an example, but it also applies to the rest of the instruments as well. I want to set up a "template" I can use throughout the whole project (it's the same orchestration for each piece).
Forgive me if this is basic stuff, but up to now I haven't been doing a lot of proper sequencing with Giga, more just "playing" each line in live to an audio track. The size and complexity of this project means I have to sort myself out though
If there are any other tips you can give me so I can make this as easy as possible I would be grateful for them. Open ended I know, but I'm feeling a little lost... I'm using GS in rewire mode into Cubase SX 3, using groups as the inputs into cubase (so I can group flutes together, horn together etc etc)
Thanks for any advice you can offer.