Dorico Expression Maps for GPO5

Arggh. The Piano Map isn’t right. The three pedals should be Add-ons, but I can’t find the ‘off’ twin for each one.

Here’s a better one: I’ve updated the GPO Archive file and the Keyboard dorico project.
GPO (1.94 KB)

I know everyone’s excited about VSL and Iconica and what have you, but here are a couple of demos, to show there’s still some life in the old dog yet.

Here’s the kind of thing which I do a lot of, and for which GPO is pretty good:

And the Enigma Variations, which shows off a range of instrument sounds quite nicely, if not my mixing. The strings are a bit weak, but can’t work out why.

I’ve added a bit more information into my documentation.

Well, I’ve certainly been enjoying myself with all this, but if anyone else has, do let me know.
GPO Manual (77.9 KB)

Here’s the obligatory Vivaldi Four Seasons. (Please hold: your call is important to us.)'inverno.mp3?dl=0

I think this shows off some of the best of the GPO Strings. There’s no manual CC work: just extra notated dynamics, and a few extra articulations/slurs.

I’ve got an old GPO 4 on my computer. It would like to try it with Dorico. Is there a big difference between GPO 4 and 5? Also I have JABB 3 and COMB 2. Does anyone have made expression maps for these already?

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Thank you, @benwiggy.
Is there any way I can pin this for my own private use?

GPO5 is (as I understand it) a superset of GPO4. So some of the samples are the same. Certainly, the Ex maps here should work. You won’t need the GOS strings or one of the Brass maps.

I don’t know if anyone’s made specific Dorico maps for JABB and COMB - though I believe they come with some Cubase maps? If you read my document, the process should be the same. JABB has more key switches for things like breath control and vibrato.

I’m currently working on creating SFZ definition files for some of the samples that come with Logic, so I can play them in ARIA for use in Dorico.

Not sure what you mean by ‘pin’. Bookmark?

But you can do what you like with them. They’re designed as the ‘starting point’.

I often find that particular pieces require a change to the maps, or needing to split the GPO Strings map into separate ones for each instrument, etc.

I dare say there are much better libraries, but these days, justifying hundreds of spondoolies just isn’t possible, and GPO is perfectly adequate for a ‘mock-up’. I also like that ARIA uses very few resources so is quick to load, and doesn’t comes with all the impedimenta that things like Kontakt come with. But I digress.

You can ‘pin’ it by bookmarking. Open the ‘…’ menu under the post and you’ll see the bookmark icon where you can save it as a bookmark to your account

All bookmarks can then be accessed under your user menu on the top right


Thank you @benwiggy for taking the time and effort to create expression maps for Garritan Personal Orchestra. Some of us who are migrating to Dorico from Finale have considerable experience with GPO (or at least the subset that comes with Finale) and feel it is still quite capable even though more sophisticated (and expensive) virtual orchestras are now available.

Thanks enormously, @benwiggy. I haven’t yet got seriously involved with Expression Maps, and these will give me the impetus I needed to educate myself.

Thank you @benwiggy, but I cannot import the .doricolib file.
A playback template should have .dorico_pt extension.
How do I load your playback template?


I get this message

These are project files are designed for you to create and save your OWN Endpoints and create your own Playback Template.
You can click through that message.

I am learning now how to do that.
In the meantime will you consider sharing those endpoint configurations and playback templates here?
That would be great!

thanks so much for this, as a finale switcher this is what I need! For the GOS strings like violin, how do we activate the different KS? I’ve tried the marcato text playing technique and it doesn’t do anything for example. As well as all the others like saultille etc…?

Also should we be using notation for everything?

You’ll need to check that the PlayING Techniques’ definitions trigger the PlayBACK Techniques that are in the Expression Map.
It’s possible the marcato is only for the articulation marking. Otherwise, they should all be there.

@benwiggy is the expert on GPO5, but here’s my ha’pennyworth.

Remember you need to select the correct GPO/GOS instrument patch in Aria Player (and definitely use a separate instance of Aria for each Player in your score).

The KS’s for solo strings are different from section strings, and the legacy GPO4 switches are different from GOS. It’s very easy to get oneself confused and wonder why things don’t work as expected, only to realize that you’re playing the wrong patch! This is not helped by Garritan’s confusing naming of patches.

I recommend you set up spreadsheets to keep track of your maps (and changes).

This is covered in my handy spreadsheet of KeySwitches, in my first post!

You are an amazing human being!

I’ve updated the Brass and Woodwind expression maps, with some of the newer features in Dorico. I think I’ve made them much more usable. The Brass is mostly for the SAM Solo and Section instruments.

GPO Ex (24.1 KB)

Documentation is also revised, including a list of errors in the SFZ files, and how to fix them.

GPO5 (289.1 KB)

There’s another thread about the GPO5 Custom Organ Console here: