Since a lot of us have gigabytes upon gigabytes of sample libraries, I thought we could have a thread to share tips for how to manage them all.
I've created a few full orchestra templates, using various combinations of GPO, EWQLSO Gold, Stormdrum, and various other smaller libraries.
But the thing is, I rarely end up USING my templates. Every project is different, and I usually don't know what instruments I'm going to need when I start a project. Each project requires a different set of articulations, and some projects might be more GPO-based, while others make more sense with EWQLSO Gold... Percussion maps vary wildly. What's the point of creating a template if I'm probably never going to use that exact instrumentation again?
The way I USUALLY work is just to fire up a few instruments, and then gradually load more as-needed. This seems to work, but it's not very efficient, and it usually makes for a disorganized file (instruments aren't arranged in score order, patch numbers are not assigned in an intuitive way, etc.) It's also not very conducive to working on tight deadlines or jotting down bursts of inspiration.
Has anybody developed an efficient way of working with multiple libraries so that it's easy to get-up-and-go on a new project?
Any tips would be appreciated...