The HSO Violin Solo Expression Map data in my Dorico 3.5 lists the following switches:
However, the actual HSO interface for that instrument contains a number of further key switches that are not shown in the above switches list – for example, these HT and WT “ornaments”:
These ornaments work without problem when I play notes on my midi keyboard while holding down these key switches, but neither the HT nor WT “ornaments” are triggered by any of the “ornaments” available in Write mode:
I tried to “add a base switch” for these HT and WT ornaments, but neither of them show up in the “Playing Technique Combinations” drop down list.
Does this mean that some of the existing HSO key switches are not available within Dorico?
That’s correct. At the moment, ornaments other than trills don’t trigger any playback techniques that you can map onto switches in your expression map. You can still create switches for them if you like, but you’ll need to use your own playback techniques. You can tie those playback techniques to playing techniques (the ones that appear in the score) that look like ornaments if you like.
You can create two Playing techniques called WT and HT to attach to the Playback techniques you create and make the WT or HT invisible in your manuscript while showing the inoperable glyphs that already exist.
If you look at the play mode, selecting that instrument and watching the key editor, what does the playback techniques lane show for those notes? If it’s still Natural, you might want to put ht and natural in the same mutual exclusion group (meaning it cannot be both natural and ht).
Thanks, Marc. The playback techniques lane does not indicate the new ‘ht ornament’.
Yes, it’s still “Natural”. But while I easily understand the concept behind “mutual exclusion” (e.g., ‘arco’ and ‘pizz’ are naturally mutually exclusive), I sometimes have difficulty understanding Dorico’s way of phrasing things. For example, “Has techniques”:
. . . Does this mean that a particular Mutual Exclusion Group – e.g., Legato – can use the techniques listed under “Has techniques”, or can’t use them? Or, possibly, that the items listed under “Has techniques” are mutually incompatible with them?
At any rate, all my attempts to change my Mutual Exclusion Group list had no effect on the playback technique lane – the “ht ornament” never shows up.
for each item in the LEFT column, one would add techniques in the corresponding RIGHT column that are compatible with the item in the left column, but mutually incompatible with other items in the RIGHT column?
But when does Dorico’s “Auto” function take care of these?
Take a look at the attached project (don’t worry about the warning that it was created in a later version of Dorico: I did it using the development build I happen to be running at the moment). Hopefully it can serve as a model for how to set this up in future.