Hi Daniel and others,
Re: Programming a Con Sordino effect in the Chris Hein Solo Strings
I have put together an experimental expression map for Chris Hein Solo Strings Extended. Its based on the Cubase Expression Map which comes with the Library but I have extensively modified it to be more comprehensive of the many string techniques and to match it to the techniques that already exist in Dorico. I can say that its a great library if strings are important to you and you want use them all the various possibilities of these instruments. There are many types of short and spiccato/jeté/sautillé sounds and you can program a change in a sound in context by simply altering the attack on the note head using MIDI CC. As well there are many other effects even including a jazz doit and fall. Nice!
However I do not understand what I would to program in the con sordino function of this library. The CH solo strings uses an audio filter instead of samples to create the Con Sordino string mutes (as others have done), which is smart programming and saves a lot of sampling space. It uses CC 48 for Sordino on/off which I presume is a MIDI value of 127 for on and 1 for off. Dorico is using a mute glyph/symbol (looks a bit like an M) instead of the words “Con Sordino” or “Senza Sordino.”
My problem is that I am still not clear on how all this works. I want to program this effect using a CC controller and a value. However there is no sordino glyph to select or match to in the Techniques dialogue box on the Expression Maps page. That also means there is no Technique to select in the Techniques symbol dialogue page. How do I deal with this? Also is it possible to have all the other features of the sound library work along with the Sordino or is there some sort of exclusion principal at work? (Arne Wallander complained about a shortcoming such as this in his introduction to the NotePerformer for Dorico.) There are a lot techniques that you can map to keyswitches in the Chris Hein Solo Strings (and many keyswitches available too) and it would be great if I could just make them all sound as Con Sordino just by putting on the Sordino filter. Its effectively what happens on the instrument too.
I also just wanted to confirm whether basic legato works in Dorico or if notes just always default to 75% of their note value. I have had contradictory information about this.
Can anyone write down in plain English what the technique “Natural” is all about and how it has to be used or can refer me to where it is fully explained in one place? Is is just a stand-in for the basic Arco technique but which can one apply to any instrument?