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Difference Between Slurred and Legato
Last post Thu, Dec 06 2018 by William, 4 replies.
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Posted on Wed, Dec 05 2018 03:49
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5195

Sorry, I was stuck doing a second reply - here is the actual difference - exact same arpeggio and velocity, different articulation:

normal legato

slurred legato

Posted on Wed, Dec 05 2018 12:02
by fatis12_24918
Joined on Sat, Dec 16 2006, Posts 214

Well, that's what I was referring to, in my personal opinion this is the acoustic evidence of the previously discussed topic:

- the little portamento of "Slurred" patch sounds like a position change, that occurs in long phrases due to the need of extending the fingering on the same string, (but of course it doesn't happen at every note because fingered legato and cross-string legato have a pretty different sound, and even more obviously the bow-change legato).

- additionally, in slow phrases and when it's not made on purpose for expressive reason, the player try to hide and/or minimize the portamento for the more flowless possible phrasing.

- my personal conclusion is that this pretty artificial and arbitrary patch has a very specific purpose, e.g. creating the blurred and less defined transitions of fast passages (but more specific "fast legato" patches were better for this purpose) and/or change position effect.

Sometime VSL team disseminate this type of recommendations in some video tutorials or in some patch description on the manual, maybe the information exists somewhere, but it seems not so evident or self-explanatory in synchron strings/player patch-names and manuals.

Posted on Wed, Dec 05 2018 14:45
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5195

That is exactly what I was thinking partly as a result of doing this comparison.  I never actually used the "slurred" patch, though one possible value would be if you really wanted a fingered legato on a particular note change and the other legato patch didn't use it.  

Posted on Thu, Dec 06 2018 01:57
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5195

btw the "slurred" legato is similar to the sul patches in Solo Strings, in being a strictly fingered legato.  Though they are somewhat more "generalized" due to being an ensemble.

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