I used to hate the concept of ensemble patches, but i've been using them on my last project and loving them! I had a lot of composing/arranging to do and I didn't want to mess around with 3 or 4 tracks per string instrument for every articulation i'd need plus the extra cpu demand... the quickness of arranging stuff out is just so slow.
so instead, 3 tracks for legato, pizz and stacc. then i'm off. Its made it easier to chunk out arrangments and I think it'll be easier to fine to it later into individual violin 1 and 2, viola...etc. tracks later.
who else does this?
i do get frustrated that I don't really have sample libraries that bulk every articulation into one track but i got to work with what i got.