OK. As so much of the input here is about film music, i thought i'd do a quick rough draft of the start of my work in progress 6th Symphony third movement. This is a condensed version of the beginning.
There is none of the following.
Effects, except a 5% reverb to take the flatness out.
Dynamics are as played, so no finished dynamic soundscape.
All samples are mono, and have not been placed in the mix.
Three sections in the slow beginning have been shortened, as this is a short excerpt for perusal.
Whether you comment or not is up to you, this is more for those who are considering writing concert music, and to demonstrate the flexibility of using a sample library for straight concert work. This rough draft is the first of many revisions. Dynamics, alternate lines, etc. all play a part. I've often taken 30 or 40 revisions before a piece starts to get near finished, and that's before the final processing. Even harmonic choices and melody are not sacrosanct in this.
There were comments in another thread about methods of working, so this is the second part of process, after the plan is laid out from beginning to end in rough score format. I used to stick rigidly to the score once i'd completed, but i've grown up since then
Also note the answering phrases for w/w are often written in to place them in the score, and don't always represent the final result. I find it easier to stick a simple line in and develop the tonal draft, then go back and refine that line. That way i don't get hung up on a sound or phrase and lose flow.
I hope this gives some of you at least, a real picture of my working system, and how a piece comes to life for me.
The orchestra in my head is alive and well and performs superbly, and for me this is the essence of the process. The samples are, for me, only a representation of what i hear, and i don't write to samples, ever. The mental/emotional orchestra comes first, sample performance second.
No doubt you'll also note some notes don't finish or start properly. At this stage of development i don't worry about that stuff, and get on with getting everything in as naturally as possible. I think many get hung up with this, refining every start and finish until they're doing a note an hour!
Forget it. Write. Finish first draft. Drink Coffee. Smoke if you wish. Second draft, etc........
My very old collection of soundfonts, built from recordings of fellow orchestral players many years ago.
Miroslav Strings, again very old, and converted into SF2 some years ago with a bit of softening here and there.
G/Band samples, modified.
Various bits and pieces......
Compiled on a G4 laptop.
I hope the link works. Please let me know if it doesn't, and i'll try a new provider.
On the road in Moscow, armed with parchment, Ink, Quill, and a laptop,
and the most important knowledge of all...........
Melody is King.