Hello fellow musicians!
So I’m basically self taught and never really explored printing out sheet music. Using Logic X for many years now, I normally live 100% in “piano roll” view when composing.
In light of the Animal Music Contest, I really would like to attempt to submit the written score as well as the audio file. I’m currently in the process of learning how to accomplish this in Logic X and I’m making some headway from a technical standpoint. However, I have some problems I need help with from anyone that has some experience in actual score notation.
My piece has 44 instrument tracks so it’s a bit unruly. I’m using East West Platinum Plus virtual orchestra as my main VI plugin.
As many of you know, when mocking up an orchestra, we end up with several tracks that are only there to achieve a single affect. For example, a whole track might be dedicated to a single french horn crescendo that only happens once in the entire piece. I’m no expert but I’m pretty sure that that articulation is simply written onto the main french horn section and does not have it’s own separate staff. FYI - I generally don’t use key-switch patches.
Another example: Separate tracks of the same instrument “section” (18 Violins for example) exist because they each use a specific articulation. So I actually have 4 tracks of an 18VI section (and others as well). Of course they almost never sound simultaneously. So how is this properly translated into the score editor so it’s not displayed as if we need an orchestra with 72 violin players?
And lastly, in order for all my instrument parts to fit on a page, the paper needs to be 14” x 22”, that’s just crazy!! There’s no way a conductor is looking at sheets of paper that big! LOL.
I’m not sure how to reconcile these problems. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks!