I’ve sought documentation, no luck so far.
Previously, the Pitch Bend controller was ranged -100 to 100, intuitively as a directional percentage of the maximum count of semitones to which the VST was set. So, if I wanted bend, say, three semitones, I would calculate 3 ÷ [maximum VST semitone bends], then plot a point at that percentage. This worked perfectly.
Now, though, the Pitch Bend lane (as opposed to the new, additional “MIDI Pitch Bend” controller) has apparently been set to a two-octave semitone range, -12 to 12. (I’m not messing with the “MIDI Pitch Bend” at all, since it isn’t even possible to establish two consecutive linear transitions on that lane; any attempt to do so forces one of them into a step transition. I’m happily ignoring this controller until I’m informed that I cannot.)
What are Dorico’s designers’ intentions, here? Is it really a good idea to force the user into much coarser pitch bend control? What if I want to bend to a quarter tone, how am I supposed to do that, now? What, reduce my pitch bend range in the VST, which is potentially an unacceptable trade-off?
Also, how am I supposed to set up my VST to accommodate this new design? I can’t figure out the correlation between the maximum semitone range in my VSTs and the values on the Pitch Bend lane; the VST values apparently act as some kind of magnifier, but the correlation is inconsistent between VSTs. A pitch bend limit of one semitone seems to work for Kontakt samples, but not for EastWest samples, which yield a much smaller bend at that value.
Should I even be using Pitch Bend? Is “MIDI Pitch Bend” the real counterpart of the old “Pitch Bend” lane? Because if it is, then as I wrote above, I’m not able to lay down two consecutive (i.e. sharing a vertex) linear transitions.