I am trying to set up a large universal Expression Map for all my VSL libraries and I am really impressed what is already possible in Dorico 3.5!
However, I have come across a few questions and problems that I could not resolve, yet:
- as far as I understood from older posts there was no way in Dorico so far to use glissando lines to trigger a dedicated playing technique (even if one adds additional symbols) that would play a continuous portamento or glissando (instead of the chromatic Dorico generated version). Is this still the case in Dorico 3.5 or is there a workaround?
- there are many playing techniques (including portamento and glissando, but also portato/loure, laissez vibrer, loose, …) that I would like to use and that I can assign in the Expression Map, but for which I have no idea by which symbol in the toolbox or in which other way these actually get triggered
- when a playing technique is controlled by the length of the note it seems that for tied notes (e.g. a 1/16th note tied to a whole note) the playing technique corresponding to the short note seems to be chosen, so that it cuts short
- the Dorico generated measured tremolos are very nice, but again for note-length controlled playing techniques, Dorico chooses the one corresponding to the length of the note representing the entire measured tremolo (e.g. a whole note), whereas it should rather choose the one corresponding to the individual notes played by the measured tremolo (e.g. sixteenth notes)
- I don’t see a way to trigger dedicated samples for grace notes, or is this possible?
It would be really great if in future Dorico versions the Conditions panel in the Expression Map would be extended. Useful conditions would e.g. be:
- velocity (this would obviously be great for all kinds of applications, but recently the VSL unfortunately started to release (merely) separate patches for different individual velocity layers and this way one could take advantage of all of them)
- note intervals (i.e. the pitch difference between the previous or next note - this way one could automatically trigger special repetition patches or any kind of different sampled intervals, like grace notes, glissandi, …)
- tempo (the VSL includes e.g. sampled “fast repetitions”, i.e. fast measured tremolos that are included in various bpm-versions and this way they could be selected automatically)