Multitrack sequencer software typically uses a multi-track recorder metaphor as the main interface, consisting of multiple tracks and track segments in the form of a piano-roll guided input for the control of MIDI-based software instruments. In order to translate a composition to real players, a engraving quality program such as Sibelius must be used to accurately print out the master score as well as individual parts for each player.
With my background in graphic design and typography, I have been fascinated with the use of notation software, and have become quite good at translating sequencer MIDI code for performance by live instrumentalists. Granted, the opportunities to assemble and conduct an orchestra are limited by major financial constraints, but simply knowing how music notation is used adds a lot to the realism of a work.
For Small Orchestra
Something Coplandesque with a similar use of odd time signatures and open tonality. The wood blocks provide a hokey barnyard effect and help the other players with timing. I used an orchestral template of Berlin Woodwinds and Cine Brass along with Spitfire Percussion and Loegria Strings. This seemed to provide a nice small orchestra sound.
For Woodwinds and Strings
I used Orchestral Tools' Berlin Woodwinds for most of the woodwind samples, along with Miroslav Philharmonik for the bass clarinet. Spitfire Logeria was used for the strings, which provides a smaller-sized string section with lots of articulations.
For Harp and Strings
Something atmospheric in the style of Impressionist composers using whole tone scales and seventh ninth thirteenth chords. I referenced Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir's excellent Harp Notation website at http://sites.siba.fi/en/web/harpnotation