Expression Maps for Dorico 3.5+

This example is for Spitfire Solo Strings, but some of the approach may be applicable to other Spitfire libraries that support UACC.

Note that articulations use the middle C=C4 convention.

Load the instrument patches and then click the padlock icon on the bottom left and select ‘Locked to UACC’.

There are no dedicated shorts - use stacc: ‘This creates a sound that can be used either as a nice short staccatissimo, but also as part of a sequence of fast short notes’.

All articulations use velocity + CC1 for dynamics. The velocity and CC ranges are set to 30-127 to prevent ppp dynamics from being too quiet.
If you find that the dynamics feel too ‘jumpy’, try reducing the range of the CC1 dynamic to 60-127 or setting the dynamic curve to 1.5 or 2.

If the notes sound too detached then try increasing the Release very slightly (CC17)

Cubase expression maps: https://spitfireaudio.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360006347473-Using-Expression-Maps-with-UACC
Spitfire Solo Strings.zip (1.68 KB)

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Synchron Strings doesn’t use a single set of keyswitches. It uses up to 3 sets of keyswitches where the values of one set depend on another. Several of the articulations have Fast variants, which can be accessed using Note Length conditions.

Note that articulations use the middle C=C4 convention.

The violins and violas have the same keyswitches, but the cellos and basses are shifted to a different octave.

Dynamics

The expression map uses the VelXF version of the instruments. The dynamics are controlled with CC2
If you find ppp too quiet then change the minimum velocity 10 or 20.
If you want a reduced dynamic range then you can trigger the Medium Velocity Range set by adding a keyswitch of D2 to the Init switch.

If you are playing string divisi in a single channel then set Legato Mode to Poly to allow chords to play back correctly.
Synchron Strings.zip (5.42 KB)
Other implementations:

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It’s not currently possible to load Iconica patches automatically as for HSO, but it can be used as part of a Playback Template.

For the string section, load HSSE and then load 4 patches per instrument: Standard, long, short, dynamics. So 1-4 for violins 1, 5-8 for violins 2, 9-12 for violas, 13-16 for cello. It’s necessary to create a second HSSE for the basses.

So the first HSSE will look like this:

1 Violins 1 Standard
2 Violins 1 Long Notes
3 Violins 1 Short Notes
4 Violins 1 Dynamics
5 Violins 2 Standard
5 Violins 2 Long Notes
7 …

The base switches use relative channel switches to select between the 4 channels. ‘Natural’ switches back to the original channel.

Long articulations use CC1 dynamics, short articulations use velocity. Set the CC1 range to 10-127. If you find it too quiet then use 20-127.

Uses Legato runs for legato + short notes conditions

Articulations that can’t currently be mapped:

  • Repetitions
  • Crescendos, decrescendos, swell and fp

There are separate expression maps for strings (violin, viola, cello) and basses. The winds and brass can be set up in the same way as the strings, with the set of Standard, Long Notes, Short Notes, Dynamics for each.
Iconica Sections and Players.zip (3.29 KB)

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Joshua Bell Violin

Contributed by @kimfierens:

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BBC Symphonic Orchestra Discover

Contributed by @Estigy:

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Vienna Symphonic Library Synchron Strings Full

Contributed by @mpetersenfx:

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EastWest Quantum Leap Brass

Contributed by @charleswtjr:

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Organteq

Contributed by JesterMusician.

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Garritan Personal Orchestra 5 (GPO5)

Contributed by benwiggy:

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Vienna Symphonic Library VSL Synchron-ized Special Edition

Our friends at Vienna Symphonic Library have produced expression maps and playback templates for the VSL Synchon-ized Special Edition, available here:

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Update (11 August 2021)
@Andreas_Olszewski at VSL has posted to let us know that the following VST libraries are now complete with expression maps and playback templates for Dorico:

SYNCHRON-ized Special Edition Volumes 1-7 and 1-2 PLUS
SYNCHRON-ized Woodwinds
SYNCHRON-ized Solo Strings
Synchron Brass
Synchron Elite Strings
Synchron Strings Pro

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Iconica Sections and Players

My learned colleague John Barron has produced a playback template for Iconica Sections and Players for use with Dorico 3.5, available on the Dorico blog:

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EastWest Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra

Lohengrin has shared a set of expression maps for EWQLSO:

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VSL Super Package

@symphonic-riot has developed a set of expression maps and playback templates for the majority of the VSL Super Package, covering the following instruments:

  • Solo Strings 1&2
  • Violin 2 & Cello 2
  • Chamber Strings 1&2
  • Orchestral Strings 1&2
  • Appassionata Strings 1&2
  • Dimension Strings 1-3
  • Woodwinds 1&2
  • Brass 1&2
  • Dimension Brass 1&2
  • Percussion
  • Harps
  • Special Woodwinds
  • Clarinet 2 & Bassoon 2
  • Special Brass
  • Trumpet Bb (normal and muted) & Flugelhorn

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Cremona Quartet

@Thurisaz has developed expression maps and a playback template using Vienna Ensemble Pro for the Cremona Quartet.

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@Andreas_Olszewski from VSL has announced support for Synchron Strings Pro and SYNCHRON-ized Woodwinds libraries.

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Spitfire Percussion - Joby Burgess

@MarcLarcher has developed these templates for the Spitfire Percussoin library. The file contains:

  • the Dorico project, with every (I hope) sound set up and demo’d.
  • the playback template (if you don’t want to start with the Spitfire Percussion.dorico file
  • the MIDI mapped Dorico.nki file that has the corrected mapping of the whole library (and this was painfully long to do!) so that everything works (and does not overwrite default mappings, for those of us who also use DAWs in their work.

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@Bollen has contributed expression maps for Sample Modeling libraries.

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@benwiggy has contributed expression maps for Orchestral Tools Miroire Baroque Orchestra

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@FredGUnn has put together expression maps for Orchestral Tools’ Duplex Saxophones, which you can find below:

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