On a second though, I fear that only using VST2 Detune or VST3 Note Expression will limit the usefulness of microtones in Dorico.
- NI has been asked to implement some type of dynamic microtuning for years, but has never done it.
- VSL is not likely to further add features to their VI player, that is now considered “mature”.
- Other players are usually very limited in features, and microtuning is last in the priority list.
So, we are left with Pianoteq (the least useful of all, since dynamic microtones on a piano are quite unlikely), NotePerformer and Halion.
- NP has its own set of sounds, and until Arne decides to add extended techniques, there is no way to use it for most contemporary music. Then, it is not the ideal sound library to produce the final mockup.
- Halion is a powerful sampler, with Steinberg’s own beautiful libraries like Iconica, but is not the most common for third party libraries (like the ones from Xsample). So, it will hardly be the ideal platform for contemporary music rendering.
Please note I’m using “contemporary” thinking to academic/post-Darmstadt/spectral/post-Partch music. There are other forms of “contemporary” music, but I’m now referring to this one.
Pitch bend would be universal. It’s how we have always faked microtones. If Dorico could offer an automatic method for sending pitch bend messages from microtonal accidentals, it would become compatible with all libraries in the world.
I know composers using microtones are a niche, but Dorico seems to be also aimed at them with a series of unique features (including the smart way tuning and accidentals are implemented).