Dorico Expression map for Cinematic Studio Strings


Since Dorico 4 introduced more convenient tools for working with playback, I decided to try again working with Cinematic Studio Strings (combined with noteperformer). I created a new expression map that uses mostly custom playing techniques to control CSS. My philosophy is to separate notation and playback control to their own layers, since getting the best result from CSS will always include some manual work (and manual selection of patches). Cinematic studio strings is controlled with custom playing techniques that can be hidden in the score - that way it is (in theory) possible to reach a kind of daw-like control while the notation will stay clean for the players.

In the template file I created, up-stem voice 1 is assigned to note performer and up-stem voice 2 to Cinematic Studio Strings. That way I’m hoping to keep the fast noteperformer workflow, but have the possibility for more expressive playback if it’s needed.