Say I have a harmony part in the Score with 2 voices in each the treble & bass staves. To have each pair share a stem instead of each having their own I’ll set the two upper notes to channel 1 and the two lower notes to channel 3.
This works great if they are all playing the same VSTi patch since I can set the channel in the track’s inspector so they all actually play on a single channel. However sometimes I want each of the four voices to play different instrument patches. To do that I need to set the channel to “Any” in the track’s inspector and assign the voices in the midi part to channels 1-4. Of course that makes the score look ugly with stems all over the place.
The way I’ve been resolving this is to just copy the midi parts to a new track and set up one version for playback and the other for the score. This works, but increases the risk of mistakes if I later edit the part since I need to make sure all the changes in both copies are the same.
I’m wondering if there is a better way to manage the sometime conflicting usage of channel numbers for scoring and playback that I’ve overlooked.