I’m trying out Dorico as a potential replacement for Sibelius. With Daniel’s help, I’ve figured out how to handle custom drum staves (e.g., custom hi-hat), and now I’ve seen how relatively easy it is to utilize Expression Maps with something like Hollywood Orchestra (very cool… including the add-on conditional stuff.) So it’s looking good so far.
My big question is around workflow with Cubase. My workflow for years has been to write everything in Sibelius, export those parts to be rendered via VSTi into MIDI files, and the parts to play or sing into individual part graphic files for reading. Import the MIDI files into Cubase, hook them up to VSTi, tweak as needed, then record the other parts.
Even though this approach has issues and is time consuming, it works. I can fine-tune tempo after-the-fact, and utilize the full features of Cubase for recording and mixing.
I’m just wondering how the workflow would be with Dorico - writing everything in Dorico and then ultimately recording and mixing in Cubase using both real audio and VSTi. For example:
- Will there be an efficient way to use the MIDI files for the drum parts written on custom Dorico staves in Cubase?
- How do I leverage the excellent Expression Map functionality in Cubase so I get exactly the same performance for the various VSTi? (I’ve read it isn’t possible to use Dorico maps in Cubase.)
I’m willing to put in the time to learn how to do this with Dorico - just looking for confirmation it can be done. I’ve read Cubase cannot import the Expression maps, but I’ve never used Music XML so I don’t know if that’s a solution. Not sure about the custom percussion staves either.