Saturday, March 19, 2016
Running a 66 piece orchestral session with StaffPad…
I recently had a 66 piece orchestral session and decided to produce all scores and parts with StaffPad alone. This is stretching the purpose of the software which is intended really for inputting via handwriting recognition, but because I need to produce scores and parts quickly, I thought I’d try a quicker workflow to see how things went. I’d already slipped a couple of scores and sets of parts from StaffPad alongside the usual Sibelius finished ones into an earlier and smaller session and I had no complaints from the conductor or musicians, so I had great confidence that it’d work OK!!! The music project was one of my own for Compendium Recordings, so there were no deadline problems to encounter, but I could use any experience for future work where deadlines will be important.
The workflow was this…
Write score in StaffPad.
‘Print’ score and parts to .pdf.
Proof parts on Mac, make changes to Staffpad score on Surface.
Print A4 score for me.
‘Print’ A3 and A4 score and parts to .pdf.
Zip up and send to orchestra.
I printed the first score on paper for the proofing session, but I thought I’d save a tree and proof on two screens for future scores.
I’ve sent a couple of suggestions of things that would make things easier to StaffPad and look forward to those appearing soon, but generally speaking, the experience was incredibly easy and efficient.
Mixing is now well underway and there'll not be great amount of editing as the orchestra were fantastic. I've had a dry run at mastering some music and the results are great (though I say so myself!!!), even at this early stage...Here is a link...