In the absence of key switches for one of my string libraries, (and because I want to keep each string line on its own track, and not separate tracks for each articulation/patch), I have been experimenting with using CHANNEL CHANGE and have discovered something very puzzling.
First I set the track to channel ‘any’. I load the instance with 3 patches - legato, pizzicato and tremolo, and assign each patch with its own channel - 1, 2 or 3. Then in Key Edit, I select all my legato notes and put them on channel 1. I put pizz on 2 and tremolo on 3. It works really well, except when I attempt to edit the sounds in the controller lanes. Lets take Expression, CC11. In this string library, it makes the notes louder. What’s happening is this: it completely ignores the data in CC11 for every patch except the one that’s assigned to channel 1. It took a lot of experimenting to get to this conclusion. Whichever patch I assign to channel 1, that’s the one that gets Expression. lol.
I tried it with a different string library. Same results. I discovered it 2 weeks ago when using Cubase 8.5, so I prayed it was some kind of bug that would be all fixed in Cubase 9. So I got with the program and upgraded to the latest version of 9. No difference - same problem. Then I wondered if it was just the channel with the lowest number so I changed the channels to 10, 11 and 12. Nothing worked at all. THEN the worst thing of all happened. I changed 11 back to 1 and it didn’t work any more! I had to create a new track to get channel 1 to respond to CC11.
Is there something obvious I’m missing? Is there more I should be troubleshooting? The results are the same on my husband’s set up and he’s in a different room with his own version of Cubase 8.5 Pro.