I am using Vienna Saxophones to produce a number of rehearsal audio files for a Saxophone Orchestra I’m a member of. Up to now I have been using expression (CC11) as the volume control and velocity as the secondary and getting pretty good, if fairly basic results. Certainly good enough for a rehearsal piece. However I have a little time on my hands before I get stuck into the next piece so have been experimenting with velocity crossfade with the aim of getting smoother, more realistic dynamics. So I have ditched the secondary volume control and am just using Velocity crossfade (CC2) as my primary means of control.
I have two notes on a soprano sax which start at mf (velocity 89-108 on my VI map) rise to f (109 -127) before falling away to nothing. I have drawn a nice curve starting at 100 rising to 120 then falling to zero and I really like the effect of fading between the sample patches. However, the note does not go entirely silent. Although it is very quiet, it’s still there, you can hear when it stops.
Should I be using a secondary volume control as well?