The new version 2 of Dorico is awesome but I am having problems with creating my own Playing Techniques and having them play back properly…This is a crucial element for me to get going before completely switching from Sibelius…It is essential to be be able to select articulations at will and create my own expression maps that work effectively.
Here is an example of the problem: I create two new playing techniques in Engrave: Playing Techniques - one is called zapp, one is called zonk. I also create two respective entries in the edit playing technique area - Therefore the text is zapp, the popover text is zapp, the playing technique is zapp and likewise for zonk.
Now I go to PLAY: Expression maps and add these into one of the existing expression maps. As this is a test I will use the HSO Violins Combi. I create a new technique and add zapp, I then assign a keyswitch to it and likewise for zonk. Now, when I go into my score (violins using this expression map) and insert a new playing technique above a note the results are erratic. I have a bar of four quarter notes and I assign the playing technique zapp above the first one…and it works. When I go to play mode, I can see zapp in the new playing techniques lane and it is playing the assigned keyswitch.
Now, two quarter notes later I want to change the articulation so I assign zonk…Not only does the sound not change, but the Playing techniques lane in PLAY has not updated to the new playing technique…Indeed it enters zapp again. According to the HELP, you may need to insert a NAT or natural command to reset the expression map, (and this does work) but if you are changing articulations/playing techniques on two adjacent notes, where do you put the NAT?..and surely there must be a way to switch from one custom playing technique to the next without always having to insert this command? If I use the regular playing techniques already inside Dorico, it switches perfectly and the Playing Techniques lane updates correctly. I can’t see what is different about using my custom playing techniques which is stopping it working in the same way? Maybe I am missing something obvious?
All in all, once I can get this element straight I can create custom expression maps for all my VSL custom matrices and I will be a a very happy camper…
Dorico is definitely going to be the new standard, and combining sequencer type elements along with fantastic engraving and play back tools makes this software outstanding in my opinion.