Finding the right sample libraries for your template is one of the most important parts of template building.
This is why I have decided to start a new Template Reviews section, which will give you overviews of products that I personally use and vouch for. Reviews focus on how to integrate these sample libraries into your templates and also talk a lot about their general usage.
The first such review is for Cinematic Studio Strings, a great ensemble string library by the creators of Cinematic Strings 2!
Head over to the Resources section to read the full review!
For the course content, creator Guy Michelmore took the time to host a quite exhaustive interview with me about all things templates. Audio snippets from that very nice interview are interspersed with the course text and it is a great source of information!
Check it out and of course if after working through the course you have any questions or want some guidance, you know where to find me!
After several years with a gigantic number of free updates to Vienna Ensemble Pro 5, the fine folks at VSL have released Vienna Ensemble Pro 6, the next generation of the venerable plugin host and best tool on the planet for building templates.
VE Pro 6 comes with a completely redesigned interface that now uses tabs for all the instances to keep everything in one window.
The list of changes and new features is absolutely gigantic. VSL have really listened to their user base and added a plethora of much-requested features.
Just a small part of the change list (and my personal favourites):
- Instances can be freely reordered and this order reflect in the plugin inside the sequencer.
- The plugin now lists instances sorted per the machine they are on, which is great with lots of slave machines.
- Instances can be coloured and in general the colour selector is much improved. And you can colour multiple items at once, yeah!
- Metaframes can now auto-save and will only do so when no played is active, thus making sure they only save when not in the way.
- Plugin instances can now be raised directly from the host, jumping to the correct instance without having to click "raise". Even greater, this setting can also be automated!
- Folder Support!
And, here is the single most greatest invention:
Channels can now be disabled, preserving their content and settings, but completely unloading them from memory. This allows hosting tons of instruments within VE Pro, ready to be activated when needed. The enabled/disabled state can be automated, thus making it possible to load pre-assigned plugin instances remote into VE Pro as needed. No more "hosting rarely used stuff directly in the sequencer just so it does not consume memory when not needed".
So - should you use it?Yes, wholeheartedly YES. VE Pro 6 is a great step forward for template building and if the past is any indication, VSL will provide a plethora of updates to polish it to perfection.
Compatibility with existing projects is extremely good. In my tests here, all existing templates connect and disconnect much faster, thus saving quite a lot of time when switching sequencer projects. Performance in idle has been improved quite substantially, with playback/recording performance being in line or slightly better than with VE Pro 5. Since VE Pro now manages graphics resources much better, a substantial improvement can also be seen when switching between instances/plugins.
On-location work is always tremendously exciting and satisfying and it is especially so when one has the chance to work with someone at the top of his field.
June 2016 saw me returning to Italy to help Luca Turilli (from Rhapsody/LT's Rhapsody - creators of cinematic metal) with setting up his giant composing template used for all his album productions.
Luca loves to create music at 360°, ranging from classical to modern, mixing the most epic orchestral impact with the electronic ‘hybrid’ vibe of the last generation of soundtracks. The new updated music template, whose sounds are distributed on 3 computers, will allow him to work on his future music beyond any technological limit and with the same sound quality of the greatest Hollywood composers!
I want to thank my friend TOBIAS ESCHER from ORCHESTRAL TEMPLATES (www.orchestraltemplates.com) for visiting me in Trieste and to have updated my music template based on the CUBASE 8.5 software. 3500 tracks featuring all the instruments existing on the planet, the real dream tool for every composer!
Make sure you're reading version 2.4, which can be download on the Tutorial page.
For this new setup we conceptualized a new master PC and two powerful slave PCs with 64 GB Ram each that now host a massive 4000 track template in a dedicated scoring room, adding to Chris' existing Mac-based facilities. This provides two separate scoring places that fit all genres and situations.
Version 2.2 of the tutorial adds redone screenshots made with Logic Pro X as well as some content changes. Because of the differences between Logic Pro 9 and the new version, the tutorial optimized for Logic Pro 9 will still be available for download. Head over to the tutorial page and download the tutorial!
Many clients voiced their wish for short, concise instructions how to do certain things. I’m happy to deliver :)
These checklists contain step by step instructions, along with references to other checklists if something goes wrong or if some special action needs to be taken.
We’re kicking things off with the Startup List, available for free download from the Resources section. This list leads you though loading a template and makes sure everything loads correctly.
Stay tuned for other lists, some of which are already referenced in the Startup List.
That brand-new section of OrchestralTemplates.com will host a number of additions helping you build your template. Kontakt Multis, Expression Maps, Template files and many more things.
I’d like to kick things off with Expression Maps for the recently released Berlin Woodwinds Expansion A (adding Eb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Contrabassoon to the library) as well as Cinematic Strings 2. Both sets are free downloads from the Resources section, so head over and grab `em while they are hot!
Recently I had the chance to do some on-location work. While being tremendous fun, template building is pretty solitary most of the time, so those on-location builds always are a treat.
This time, the road (or rather: the plane) led to more or less rainy London, UK, where I helped composer extraordinaire Nainita Desai of Soundology fame plan and setup her composing template. Here’s a nice picture (please marvel at the custom-built studio Nainita and her partner in crime Malcolm have built here!):
Doing this was a wonderful experience - there’s nothing like being on the road :)
Here’s a quote from Nainita herself:
I am transitioning from Logic Pro to Cubase over a period of several months and so employed Tobias to set up a basic template in Logic Pro with VE Pro and a more extensive one in Cubase so that I could utilise VE Pro instances between both DAW systems. He is also writing custom Lemur setups for various Sample libraries which work beautifully.Tobias's after support, enthusiasm and extensive specialist knowledge are superb. He is very efficient and offers excellent custom solutions for your individual requirements.I am looking forward to developing my system further with his continued support and wicked sense of humour !