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A question about the correct way to confirgure certain sounds
Last post Wed, Mar 14 2012 by andi, 2 replies.
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Posted on Wed, Mar 14 2012 06:46
by John In CC
Joined on Mon, Nov 23 2009, Cathedral City, CA, Posts 76

This is a quote from your invaluable PDF file, "VE Optimizing Sibelius Playback":

"For dynamic changes Sibelius sends CC11 (MIDI Control Change 11) values. By default these values trigger the Vienna Instruments  expression  slider. During sustained notes with dynamic changes the volume changes a bit, but the timbre will not. In order to get more realistic crescendi and diminuendi you can do the following: Go to the Vienna Instruments  Perform  page. Activate  Velocity X-Fade . Then click on  Map Control. Go to Velocity crossfader  and select  ControlChange/Controller 11 as source. In order to not have double dynamics (Expression and Velocity X-Fade), it is also recommended to set the source for Expression  to none."

To highlight the last sentence, "set the source for Expression to none" so as to avoid double dynamics.  I understand this and it makes sense.  The document also mentions that "presets for the Dimension Brass and for the VE Strings sound set have Ve locity X-Fade already activated by default."

Here's my question (finally!).  The Dimension Brass do indeed have Velocity X-Fade activated.  But they also have Expression set to "1" and not to "none" as recommended in the above-mentioned PDF.  Which is correct?  Or are there situations where "1" would be preferable, and other situations where "none" would be?

I'm using current versions of Sibelius, VE Pro, VI Pro and Windows 7 64-bit.

Posted on Wed, Mar 14 2012 07:10
by andi
Joined on Wed, Feb 18 2004, Vienna, Posts 3150

Hello John!

In fact you can assign any free controler to Expression. It just shouldn't be CC11 or a controller that is used to switch articulations. Assigning a free controller brings the advantage that you can change the expression value anytime by sending MIDI commands from Sibelius.

Best regards,
Andi

Andreas Olszewski
Vienna Symphonic Library
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