I can see I’m not the first person to find mutual exclusion groups a tricky area. The principle is easy enough to understand (you can’t usually play arco and pizz simultaneously so they are mutually exclusive), but the interface is not so easy for inexperienced users
So would it be possible to help us out by putting a link into the manual in the section “Adding/Editing mutual exclusion groups in expression maps” taking us directly to the mutual exclusion groups subsection in Expression Maps Dialogue?
Putting “mutual exclusion groups” into search only directs you to the first and not the second, and it would be very easy to read the first section and conclude that was the sum total of info. Or at least it was very easy for me, despite having seen it before.
Next, would anyone be able to explain the six default mutual exclusion groups that I see: Auto, Dynamic, Legato, Primary Brass, Primary String, Vibrato?
The natural and immediate questions I have when I see that list include “What do they mean by Primary String? Is there a Secondary String? What about woodwind?” The Auto Group appears to be empty and it’s not clear to me how to use it. Or even if I should. If I click “Create mutual exclusion groups automatically” is this Auto category somewhere I’m supposed to put the technique which I want to be mutually exclusive - and then the system does the rest automatically? Doesn’t feel very likely, but who knows.
Believe it or not (and you probably won’t with the fantastic lack of comprehension I’m displaying here!) I have managed to create a playing technique, link it to a playback technique and EM, create the relevant mutual exclusion techniques (and it even worked in the SYNCHRON player that I’m using.) But it feels more by luck than any real understanding, so it would be really nice to understand that default group properly.
Ideally, it would be great to have something like the excellent First Steps (Second Steps?) just on the Expression Map process. (And a great John Barron video too?!) That would be fabulous to help beginners and just-after-beginners in the future.
Meanwhile, if anyone can shed any light on my questions above I’d be very thankful.