CUSTOM ORCHESTRAL TEMPLATES
“There was a dodgy digital period when things didn’t sound that great, but now we are figuring that out. The basics haven’t changed, which is talented human beings playing together in a room” Hans Zimmer
WHAT IS AN ORCHESTRAL TEMPLATE?
An orchestral template is a selection of pre-configured, bussed and pre-mixed instruments, ready to be used in your DAW.
The characteristic of an orchestral template will depend on the musical genre that will be the focus, the number of instruments that you want to have available and the capability of your system.
WHY USE TEMPLATES?
The advantages of using orchestral templates can be summed up in one phase: an improved workflow.
When you are composing, you don’t want to have to search through the whole instrument library looking for the sound that best fit the project to hand. And certainly you don’t want to stop the compositional process to edit them. None of this is desirable.
Furthermore, it makes sense to create an orchestral template if you always use the same instrument palette in accordance with your musical style. This way you won’t need to do anything more than open the template to have everything charged and configured as you wish.
WHY USE VEP?
A program that has played an important role in the development of the media music industry is Vienna Ensemble Pro. This application allows you to connect to various PC’s through a network cable and therefore increasing the total capacity of your system. Even though a small template could run perfectly in a DAW without the assistance of a PC slave, when the need to manage large templates arises, VEP is the standard.
The developers are proud to have been able to create a program that manages the virtual instrument load better than the sequencers themselves. This, combined with the large capacity of today’s computers, provides you with a potency never before seen in one system, let alone various!
With VEP5 you open the template just once and are then able to compose all day. One of its biggest advantages is that it allows you to alternate between project or even DAW’s, without having to wait for your instrument selection to reload. With RAM loading times being around 15 minutes, this is something extremely valuable, especially when there are deadlines looming.
The bad news? Professional template building requires knowledge, time and effort. And this is where I can help you.
WHAT EXACTLY CAN I DO FOR YOU?
These are the development phases in the creation of an orchestral template. Not all are necessary.
- Planning of the template: selecting the libraries and articulations; deciding on the number of PC Slaves
- Advise on the purchase of libraries
- Hardware: designing a computer that suits your needs
- Software: installation and configuration of the necessary software
- PC Slave configuration
- Choosing the instruments
- Customising Patches and Multis
- Creating the template in VEP and DAW
- Stemmed and Bussed Audio and MIDI tracks
- Custom Expression Maps (Cubase)
- Unifying CC’s and Key-Switches, so that all Patches respond equally and with the same behaviour
- Tagging and ordering of all tracks
- Pre-mixing the template, maintaining the correct balance between the fortissimos of each instrument, and positioning then in the “concert hall” with the correct panning and reverb
I can create your template by visiting your studio, or completely online by remote control. High quality sound would be sent via VST Connect Performer.
Although I work primarily in Cubase 8.5, I am able to construct professional templates using any principal sequencer available on the market.
If you think I can help you to construct your professional template, do not hesitate to contact me and ask for a free quote.