New guy here So far I’m really loving Cubase and even find it much more inspirational to work with than my previous sequencer (Sonar). It’s truely an amazing DAW! However, there is one aspect of it that worries me. I’m trying to emulate my workflow from Sonar into Cubase, but I seem to have run into a dead end. Basically, I want to be able to load several articulations into an Instrument Track, using PLAY as my VSTi, and have certain notes trigger these articulations via MIDI channel commands. For example, Instrument Track 1 will have all my 1st Violin articulations loaded as follows:
Ch1 = Legato
Ch2 = Staccato
Ch3 = Sustain
Ch4 = Tremolo
I then assign the corresponding MIDI Channel, based on the above articulation matrix, to certain notes in the 1st Violin’s melodic part. The same goes for the rest of the Instruments of the Orchestra. This way each instrument in the Orchestra has a single MIDI track instead of 4 - 8 MIDI tracks. This makes the project more manageable in pretty much any perceivable way since you end up with a much smaller track count, and you could even print a score without having to merge parts. They’re all within a single MIDI track!
Now, the problem I’m running into is that Instrument Tracks are only responding to Ch1 commands and totally ignoring the articulations I’ve loaded and assinged to other Channels. This means that only the Legato patch (as per my articulation example above) is being triggered while the other articulations are not. So the question is, how can I get my Instrument Tracks to respond to all my MIDI Channels in order to have it play every single articualtion? Now, don’t get this confused with layering, 'cause that’s not what I’m trying to achieve here. I want to trigger specific articulations at specific times throughout the course of a melodic phrase.
I apologize for the long post, I could’ve made it much smaller but I wanted to convey as much information as possible in order to avoid confusion. Not many people use this type of workflow, from what I’ve noticed at least, so I needed to be thorough. Hopefully this is possible in Cubase. Otherwise, this would be the ONLY feature I will miss from Sonar.