Playing with Dorico (FINALLY!), and I’m having a hard time finding a cello patch that is clear and articulate, but that also plays dynamics well. (most string samples IMO don’t have enough attack and only sound good when playing “lush” pads, rather than playing back dynamic string writing well.
The soli combi patch that came on by default sounded rich and lovely and played the dynamics well, but when 1/16th note runs or tango passages with quick contrasting bow strokes were introduced, notes were lost, and certain notes jumped out way louder than other notes. The most important thing for me is to be able to hear every pitch and rhythm clearly. No one will ever listen to the MIDI playback but me, and I can imagine what real strings sound like if the basics are played back.
The Cello Duo and GM Cello articulated every note clearly, but did not have any dynamic swells. I inputed a series of tremolo whole notes with swells in them, and both these patches sounded terrible here, with no crescendo, just big clunky landings on the forte notes.
Are there any VSTs that do a decent job of both of these things? Preferably free, and without having to program keyswitches for every articulation. Or is there something built in that I’m missing? I’d actually prefer the GM soundset in my Sibelius 7 over what I’ve found so far. Could I import this?
ALSO, I’m finding the sampler incredibly buggy in bizarre ways. Sometimes when I switch patches, random pulsing low notes start playing along with the written material. These notes are not on the written page, or represented anywhere in the play view track. Also, sometimes patches load and are incredibly quiet, ignore dynamics, and other weird things. Other times, they load and playback fine. Any ideas?