I’m planning my percussive kits in VSL, and am trying to find the right way of making them.
In VSL’S Vienna Instruments (VI), you load a preset, containing matrices, containing cells, contatining slots, containing patches (i.e., sounds, like a staccato or a sustain). In practice, a preset is a set of categories of articulations (the matrices), containing articulations (the patches).
The main question is: should I (a) devote a separate VSL preset to each separate percussive instrument (for example, a snare drum), or should I (b) consider a family of percussive instruments (all the drums) as a single preset?
For example, in case (a) I would have a single preset with all the articulations (hits, rolls) of a snare drum. In Dorico, I would devote an instrument with that preset to have that sound. When a different instruments has to go on that percussive line, an instrument change should replace an instrument/preset with a different instrument/preset.
In case (b) I would have all the drums (snare, toms, b.d.) contained in a single preset. In Dorico, I would have to select an articulation for each note of that instrument.
In case (a), I would simply ask Dorico to switch to a different instrument for that player and that percussive line. I will then have to add a percussive instrument label in the score where the change happens.
In case (b), I would have to apply articulations to each note of the percussion line, or VI would probably reset it to some default value.
I’m very much confused about the consequences of each choice. When used in Logic, for example, notes with no Articulation ID applied are reset to some default selection. So, I can’t simply apply an Articulation ID to the note when the instrument change is happening, otherwise my selection would be reset to some default. I guess the same would happen in Dorico.
With solution (a), I should be safer, because I would only make VSL presets with a single row in a preset/matrix, with the main instrument’s articulation always selected. But can I really be able to make this correspond to an instrument change in Dorico, with a different instrument shown in the same line of the previous instrument? In Logic, for example, this would mean using a different track.
If the above makes sense, can you give me some hint? One preset per percussive instrument, or a big preset for a whole family (as VSL did in their presets)?