Introducing the new Articulate Map: complete Dorico support of most of the VSL Super Package

I am interested in obtaining your software as soon as it is 100% compatible with the new VSL Syncron Player. I just became a VSL subscriber, so I “never knew” a time when there was not a Syncron Player. Please advise.

Hello Crpb03,

Thanks for your interest in our software.

Articulate Presets and the Articulate Map cover most of the Vienna Instruments (VI) Series. The latter presents the world’s largest virtual orchestra and covers basically every instrument that appears in an orchestral context in various versions and section sizes. It is based on dry “Silent Stage” recordings that offer complete flexibility to place them in various different venues (ranging from recording studios to concert halls and churches) via the corresponding MIRx extensions directly in the powerful VI pro player, that is optimized for this task. This allows a composer/musician to get a realistic idea how a piece will sound when it is actually performed in a corresponding venue. The Synchron Series is based on wet multi-microphone recordings in a single scoring venue (Synchron Stage Vienna) and the Synchron Player is optimized for such an approach. However, even 3 years after the first release, there is not even a basic Synchron Orchestra, yet (only Strings and Percussion so far, and even for these essential playing techniques are still missing).

We would love to release Articulate Presets for (genuine) Synchron libraries (i.e. Strings 1, Pro, …) that are compatible with the Articulate Map and all Articulate Presets for the VI series, and we will do so as soon as possible. The problem is that so far the Synchron Player is too limited to allow us to realize all the features the VI presets offer. The Synchron Player e.g. only offers a small number of slots in each dimension and therefore is presently not compatible with the Articulate Map. This could easily be overcome if the VSL would make the selection criteria in the Synchron Player slightly more flexible. We had proposed ways to implement this without much effort and are confident that this will be done in the future.

However, there are no plans to release Articulate Presets for “synchronized” libraries. These libraries are based on the same recordings as (a selection of) the VI libraries, but the Synchron Player restricts them to the single Synchron venue. Moreover, the Synchron Player does not offer many of the advanced features of the Vienna Instruments Player, yet (Auto Voicing, APP Sequencer, …) that Articulate Presets rely on. Now that the VSL has just released Synchron Stage MIRx venues (in addition to all the various other venues available for Vienna Instruments) there is really no need to port the presets to another player, if this even restricts what can already be done.

The VSL already provides Dorico support for their Synchron and Synchronized libraries. Therefore, using the new Synchron MIRx venue all Synchron, Synchronized as well as the many VI Series libraries supported by the Articulate Map are already 100% compatible, in the sense that you can use all of them together in the Synchron Stage in the same Dorico score and all standard score symbols will be played correctly. Articulate Presets and the Articulate Map offer even more detailed control over the nuances of the playback, but these additional features are optional and due to the mentioned limitations up to now restricted to VI libraries.

I hope this helps.

All the best

Kai

Kai,

I really do appreciate your very, very in-depth reply. I’m not even sure I understand everything you wrote here, as I am a relatively new Dorico user and very new VSL user. It appears I have “joined the VSL family” just as they are making the change in direction away from their Vienna Instruments (VI) Series to the Syncron Series Player. I have only purchased Syncron and Syncron-ized package for this reason. I am not at all certain how Vienna Instruments (VI) Series is different from Syncron Player. I do think I am a future customer of your company, as you clearly seem committed to excellence in support products for the Vienna / Dorico platform. For now, I write chamber music for Strings, Woodwinds, and Percussion, as all of those packages are available with Syncron player. The “wet stage” as you describe works well for my purposes. Please add cb3@cb3.com to your mailing list and keep me informed as you release products that enhance the Syncron Player experience.

Very best regards,

CB3

For the Synchon-ized versions of the Special Edition collection, VSL they have already released Expression Maps. I have written my own for the libraries I own (including SE vol1, 2 and 5) as have a few other Dorico users so you probably won’t be stuck.

Kai is not alone in preferring the older VI libraries and he’s done a fine job with them. Personally, I’ll probably stick to the new format even if it is currently not quite so full featured but all of my Sibelius VSL works were done with the VI Pro player.

CB3,
sorry for the complicated answer :blush:. I know there are a lot of similar VSL libraries and it must be very hard for new users to figure out the differences. The Synchron Stage is a very nice venue and if you are happy with the sound and the instruments that are available for it by now that’s perfect. I hope dko22’s or other user maps (e.g. there are also maps for SY Solo Strings) allow you to use all your libraries in Dorico.

David,
thanks so much for clarifying. I somehow got the wrong impression that the VSL covers these libraries by now (the VSL Dorico package includes dozens of Expression Map for Synchronized libraries), but as you write they so far apparently only cover the Special Editions, as well as the Synchronized Woodwinds. It is great that your maps fill this gap!

We have just released another update for Articulate Presets and the Articulate Map, that among many enhancements and bug fixes, improves the legato playback and helps VSL users to use the entire VI series in Dorico.

These are the detailed changes:

Presets:

  • for the Dimension Strings there is now speed controlled legato using the performance trill at the highest speeds (PC24)
  • all instruments offer now speed-controlled muted legato (PC86, up to 4 different playing speeds) that also includes the performance trill at the highest speeds for more natural legato playback
  • muted legato progressive vibrato (available for Strings S, L) has now been moved to the Special Bank (PC66) and it has also been added for the muted Bb Trumpet, which we had missed before
  • the Dimension Strings Individual Player presets (D#) now likewise fully include the sul ponticello bonus content
  • for Dimension Strings presets the performance trill (PC18) offers now continuous control from legato to marcato
  • section control of several matrices and range problems in interval legato matrices of the Violins D preset have been fixed
  • corrected wrong patches in Violas D and Basses D
  • velocity x-fade assignments of the standard version of several instruments (Basses S, Woodwinds 2, Brass 2, Brass S, Mallets) have been corrected

Dorico:

  • based on the new matrices the normal legato (Dimension Strings) and muted legato (other Strings and Brass) playback is now significantly improved, offering realistic speed-control
  • for instruments that include the corresponding sampled versions, vibrato and non-vibrato assignments now work correctly for both normal and muted legato and generally likewise offer automatic speed-control
  • Dorico-generated trills correspondingly play now realistically in all these cases
  • the staccato playback is now also varied based on the note length, using short and long staccato versions where available
  • accents are now correctly handled for all standard playing techniques
  • the section control for Strings L works now analogous to all other section instruments: i.e. standardly the Appassionata Strings are used and the Orchestral Strings can be blended-in with the section controller or divisi control symbols
  • superfluous tracks in Dorico’s mixer have been removed for an easy operation and better overview
  • like already done for Strings and Percussion, we have included separate Endpoint Configurations in order to easily use solo and section winds from different libraries in the same score, and in case of the Dimension libraries even the individual instruments are separately configurable
  • and last but not least, we introduced the new VSL Compatibility Map, available to all registered users of Articulate Presets, that allows them to use basic features of VSL libraries that are not yet covered by Articulate Presets in the same framework

Happy new year!

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I’m new to Dorico and VSL. I have Dorico Elements 3.5, and for VSL VI I have SE1, Euphonium standard and Epic Orchestra (I’m starting with VI Player, not VI Pro at this point). Is there an Articulate Presets product that will work for me?

Symphonic Riot’s Presets do require Vienna Instruments Pro to work properly — at least that’s what it says in the manual and certainly many of the features take the extra functionality of the VI Pro player into account. I’m sure Kai will chip in and contradict me if there is indeed any point in getting any of the presets without VIPro.

I myself switched to Synchron but certainly recommend VIPro if you prefer to stick with the VI libraries at present.

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Hello mekosmowski,
thanks for your interest. Articulate Presets indeed only work with VI pro, since they use features (e.g. the continuous control of several musical parameters) the standard VI player does not support. And also the Special Edition is unfortunately not supported, yet.
All the best
Kai

Thanks for the quick reply.