Music Composers Unite!
Right, well having spent about 18 months running from assignment to assignment I decided to try and take control of my whole procedure.
My samples are getting to the point where I'm generally happy (although who isn't looking for that elusive string sound?) and I've begun creating my definitive sample templates.
So having created an intimate orchestral template and a light orchestral template, I'm now doing an assignment in the style of Star Wars and I decided to create my 'Orchestral Blockbuster' template for those big Hollywood sounds.
There are a couple of differences this time. Firstly, I'm now in a position to use completely separate solo instruments for woodwind and brass. I can finally avoid using section patches. Well not quite true, I'm still using section patches for the French Horns but otherwise everything is combinations of solo instruments.
Secondly, I decided to write up this template in a comprehensive format to which I could refer back at a later date.
I decided to give this info to see if this helps other people or (more likely) if others could recommend improvements to my approach. I plan to document other aspects (notably how I try and simulate orchestral placement) for similar reasons.