I just wrote a long explanation to clarify my understanding of expression maps, only to find that since entering the test data things have gone awry.
I’ve just consulted the manual and in it it says ‘Dorico does not support all fields in the Expression Maps dialog’ which would have been good to know a few hours ago …or is the manual out of date?
Is this possible?
To choose the same playing technique eg ‘Staccato’ in two ‘slots’ set up for my two ‘staccato’ presets in my library.
One slot would be set to key change D#-1, with velocity set to min =1, max=41, with also ‘Use secondary dynamic’ set to CC=40 (to select my staccato p sound and also allow the ‘volume’ of the preset to be changed, my ‘preset volume’ is mapped to CC40)
The other slot would be set to key change E-1, with velocity set to min = 42, max =127, with also ‘Use secondary dynamic’ set to CC=40 (to select my staccato f sound).
By entering notes with a staccato dot with marking ppp up to mp, the first sound would be selected.
By entering notes with a staccato dot with marking mf to ffff, the second sound would be selected.
At any time this could be overwritten by going into PLAY and altering the velocity data of individual notes without altering the written score?
Wouldn’t changing sounds on playback have been easier to achieve just by making the bottom block in PLAY editable (the one that lists the playing techniques) without changing the written score? I’m sure this can’t have been missed so there must be a reason for not doing it this way.
I did try the other way of creating a new popover text playing technique in Engrave, then mapping it to one of the ‘template’ playback playing techniques, then using that in Play to create an expression map, but found you had to enter the popover text for each note in the score (hardly useful unless I’ve misunderstood something)… and then as I say, something happened and this stopped working.
Has anybody out there had much success with creating great expression maps? All it would seem to need is, I would have thought, the ability to have the ‘bread and butter’ of notation supported (dynamic markings, note duration, maybe attack what I’d call the ‘front end’) then the ability to amend note velocity (a playback over-ride), two or three CC information and note mapping for percussion instruments with all this ‘back end’ being adjustable independent from the written score. Dorico seems to have most of this already if I’ve understood it right…I just haven’t understood it enough to know how to go about achieving it.