I am using Expression Maps quite a bit, it is an amazing feature when working with samplers and key switching.
There is a little bit of issue that is bothering me though; it might just be that I have been doing something wrong. I can’t seem to be able to make the key-switch stick (latch). I have checked the “latch” setting but it only latches until I hit the Play/Stop transport button. Once I do this, the Expression Maps key-switch resets to the first ‘articulation’. It would be nice for it to stick, even after hitting play/stop, just like a key-switching would work.
So would anyone have any comments about this? Am I doing something wrong or is this actually the way it is supposed to work and users just got used to it?
The top sound slot gets triggered when you hit stop, the reasoning being that you always want the instrument to go back to some default keyswitch. I would suppose if you add a placeholder entry at the top of the list the result would be what you want. (I did not actually test it – let me know if it does work)
If I setup the Expression Map using ‘Direction’ rather than ‘Articulations’ it still doesn’t stick to certain keyswitch after a play/stop command. Unless I draw an empty part and I insert a long ‘direction’ bar from start to end. Not ideal…
Also, adding a default articulation as the top slot might work if you have a pre-determined default articulation. But…if at some point I decide, for example, that I need articulation #3, then everytime I hit start/stop (for example while practicing) it defaults to artic-1 which is not what I needed at that particular moment.
It would be nice if the Expression Map articulations would simply “latch”, even after a Play/Stop command. I know it is not a top priority matter for Steinberg, but I thought I would ask on this forum anyways as there was a chance that I might have overlooked something.
I guess I’ll just have to live with it
I said make the top sound slot a placeholder, meaning a sound slot with nothing in the output. You know, to hold the place without doing anything. Presumably there was already something there acting as the default if you have created a map.
When used in conjunction with directions it does precisely what you asked for.