Cubase Pro 11 does not play the dynamics in the score

until recently I was still working with Notator (Atari).
I bought Cubase Pro 11 (489.00 euros)
I only use the Midi functions.
I encounter many difficulties in its functions, as it is very complex.
To test the program I created two tracks: Piano and Violin.
I see the piano in the score only on one staff, I don’t know why.
I wrote some (minimum) notes on the piano with ‘pp’ dynamics
I then wrote some notes (quavers) on the violin and I put the staccato on the notes.
I ask: why does Cubase not perform dynamics?
Notator, on the other hand, performed them immediately.
I found no explanation in the Cubase manual.
Can someone help me?
I’ve been trying to understand something about it for a month, but I see it as very complex.
I believe that if I continue like this, I will abandon it and, if anything, switch to a less complex Sequencer.
Carlo from Italy


If you are more on the notation side, I would recommend to go for Dorico.

If you want to see both MIDI Part’s scores, select both of them, please.

But in addition to seeing the score I would also like to hear what I write.
I bought the program because I want to create midi sheet music.
The functions of the Dorico do not interest me.
When I insert a staccato, why doesn’t Cubase play it?
Notator played it smoothly.
Carlo from Italy


You can define Expression Maps. Then Cubase can do this.

Dorico can do this too, of course.

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Hi Carlo and welcome to the forum and the Score Editor :slight_smile:

Don’t worry, the Score Editor alone is worth the price you paid for the whole software! It is a fantastic notation program. Not complex at all to work with on the contrary. Give it some time and you will find it progressively more and more simple and intuitive as you learn how things work. Probably one of the two most intuitive notation programs in the market in my opinion.

Why your dynamics don’t work in the score?


1- First make sure to use dynamics from Dynamics Mapping tab and not from Dynamics
The dynamics symbols from the Dynamics tab are just graphics and do not affect MIDI playback.


2- If needed you can adjust what every Dynamics symbol sends to your MIDI or VST Instrument.

To do this, you have two options:
a- Right-click on any Dynamic symbol in the Dynamics Mapping Tab and select “Dynamics Mapping…”


Then in the windows that pops up you can make many settings.

b- Insert a dynamic symbol on your staff, then double-click on it to go that same Dynamics Mapping Setup window.

As Martin said, for your staccato to work you will have to define an Expression Map.

Click on the Inspector tab on the left zone of the Score Editor, and click on Expression Map Setup buton to open the Expression Map Setup window.


You will have to learn how Expression Maps work, I won’t go into details here.
Just an example for your staccato notation and playback for the piano.

Expression Map Setup window
Click on this “+” button
A new map is created

Set your map as follows:

In the Inspector section of the Score Editor load the newly created Expression Map for the staff:


Go back to the Symbols section in the Left Zone of the Score Editor and from the Expression Map tab select your staccato articulation and apply it to your notes.

Now your staccato will play back.

Piano staff
While the Score Editor window is in focus, in the main program menu go to:

Then set these settings for your piano staff

And finally…
Please take the time to read the Score Editor manual :wink:
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