I recently upgraded my four year old Garritan Library, which i never really played around with because i didn't get either Cubase or Kontakt at the time, to GPO 4. I must say, i love the whole new ARIA interface and how easy it is to add reverb... Something that took me hours to make in Cubase. Sure, the Pro's would of course use the Reverbs in the Sequencer or even an Altiverb, but for me i think its perfect and very easy to use and control.
Now i'm a little confused with building Ensembles. For example a 1st Violin Section. Theres this old Tutorial on the Web about how to build such a Section with Solo Strings and a Section Strings Patch in Sonar. But it requires several Tracks in the Sequencer. Now in my perfect World i would only need one Track per Instruments and Control all the Articulation using Keyswitches. But of course then i cannot move the different Samples around a few ticks to make it sound more realistic. Maybe a suggestion for ARIA here: a "Humanize" Buttone like in Kontakt would be great, if there isn't something comparable already and i haven't found it yet.
Sorry, i'm rambling. Anyway my Problem is that the Manual suggests that i use the "Plr" Patches to create Ensembles. But these Patches only have one Articulation. How do you Build Ensembles for a large Orchestra? I thought about just one Section and throwing a few Solo Strings in it (which do have the same Keyswitches) and routing it all to the same Midichannel. And of course some mixing in ARIA so that they dont have the same volume ;-)
How do you approach the whole Ensemble Building Thing for the different Sections of an Orchestra? Maybe a Screenshot of your Setup in your Sequencer would be cool too if you guys got the time :-)
Anyway i think Garritan GPO 4 is great and exactly what i always wanted an Orchestra Library to be. It would be soooo great if there was a kind of "Advanced Version" which you could upgrade too and would have more Sounds and Sampling. But i like the Library very much as it is ;-)
Thanks for your help and have a nice day!