I agree totally with you scoredfilm. I still have trouble using EWQLSO Platinum & Choirs with Sibelius. If you look at my system in my signature at the bottom here, you will see that I have more than enough power and memory to use a client and VST. When I load a large score with EWQLSO, just a little more that half the memory is used.
I’m just wondering…are you referring to some DAW that you set all those parameters for? If you ARE, then I’m beginning to suspect why I have so much trouble using EWQLSO in Sibelius. I hardly have (or even know how to) set all those parameters in notation software. I just understood one needs an XML (for example a Soundset file) type file that “marries” a VST to software such as Sibelius, thus sparing me the effort of having to set up all those parameters. If further settings are needed, it will certainly suck the life out of me as well, because what is the need for a Soundset (or Expression Maps) if the artist still have to set up so many parameters as well.
I have seen the contents of a Soundset file. Goodness! I don’t know where Jonathon Loving get the strength to create those Soundsets! My point is (and THIS is where I agree with you scoredfilm), IF us musicians have to set up every VST ourselves (without the support of a soundset or so), Dorico might be useless to MANY musicians because, that’s what we ARE…musicians, not software experts. We want to write music, NOT spend DAYS to figure out all those wonderful parameters that define MIDI capabilities. CC, patches, programs, panning, ports, buses, velocities, envelopes, MIDI articulations, arming, reverb, chorus and on and on and on! Some people LIVES for this, but I am not nearly capable to set up all those parameters, and also most other musicians who want to plot notes on paper and hear the best possible sounds. Muso’s, that only use a DAW to create movie sound tracks etc are used to setting up those settings, but NOT the average composer or arranger that just want notes on paper. After MANY years, I STILL am struggling understanding the whole concept of the Object Orientated Sound World…specially getting Sibelius to have a blessed marriage to EWQLSO. Even Jonathon Loving told me a few weeks ago that it took him more than a YEAR to grasp Sibelius sound engine and that there still are some things he still learns.
Oddly enough, I don’t know how the creators of Notion does it, but Notion 5 requires NO intervention from the musician and EWQLSO apart from adding a stave with the requited instrument AND using sounds from different VST’s in ONE score. Do me a favor and check it out. It’s extremely light-weight (loading extremely fast) and except for minor issues (like playing a proper crescendo etc) it integrates amazingly with Notion so the musician is not burdened with all those settings. The ONLY issue I have with Notion is that it does not NEARLY have enough features and functions that makes the score and parts look as good on paper as Sibelius does. Like Dorico, who use Cubase’s audio engine, Notion use Studio One’s audio engine, but they failed at the engraving side of the software…and one hardly EVER see any updates. Otherwise, I like Notion. I wish there was a Sibelius-Notion-DAW hybrid…Dorico perhaps?
So many times, I set up my score with EWQLSO in Sibelius, but after a few bars, EWQLSO performance disappoint me. Every day my Officer Commanding of the SA Navy Band, comes to me to hear the progress of his annual repertoire that I must do. Quite often Sibelius or EWQLSO then fails to perform my score, embarrassingly requiring me to ask his patients while I revert to NotePerformer.
So, My point is, unlike those who use a DAW and understand ALL it’s thousands of buttons, settings, graphs and dialog boxes, the average musician who only wants to plot notes on paper (and obviously want the best possible playback…we ARE in 2016 you know ), do not know OR WANT to spend a few weeks (and gets their lives sucked out of them) attempting Dorico to join up with a VST. I don’t know how those clever boys and girls at Steinberg are going to do it, but I (and surely others) want the BEST engraving (even better than Sibelius…if possible) AND the BEST possible playback without too much rocket science. Can some one, for once, create a piece of software that focus on BOTH sides (engraving AND performance) and also later on tablet support as well. Oh yes…AND a comprehensive scripting language enabling us to create Plug-Ins and Add-ons…NOT changing the software into something else (which is Steinberg’s), but to access the score (which is mine) and manipulate EVERYTHING on a score remotely, either through Plug-Ins or some sort of command line feature to access a bar.
Sorry for this LONG babbling. I just needed to get this off my mind as AVID (NO offence intended) does not seem to provide for the power user’s needs.
Blessings to you all