GPO studio offers the possibility of direct playback for a couple of instruments. Midi is limited to 16 channels of which channel 10 is always for percussion (in a Midi environment).
I've listened in the Listening Room to a lot of compositions, one better than the other, but all rather good and some awsome. I've also read lots and lots of messages coming together with those compositions (and on other sub-forum-topics).
But I still wonder how you guys do it, when you have more than 16 instruments. I don't use Finale, Sibelius or Ouverture, so I have to improvise a bit on a technical level. Now I playback my newly written compositions (for orchestra) by means of a synthesizer (Roland JV-1010). Limited possibilities but rather good sounds [limited to only 16 channels].
Nevertheless the real sounds are quite different because that Roland thing reacts different on the dynamics than e.g. Sonar with GPO does. And quite a lot of the sounds are completely different, better of course with GPO.
So for a better overall ideal sound it should be better to playback using Studio, but then how to overcome the limitation of 16 channels? Now I share a channel using the clarinet and oboe (not to speak of violins divisi and unison which are better when at least two separate channels are used).
In Sonar I can assign tracks and a lot more than channels. The question remains, how do you guys do that with Studio as an improvised playback tool? Real mixing, rendering, etc. requires another approach, I know that.