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Last post Thu, Jan 24 2019 by andi, 2 replies.
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Posted on Thu, Jan 24 2019 09:57
by Carrillet
Joined on Sat, Dec 15 2018, Posts 16


I’ve recently started using Finale 2014 with VSL Vienna Special Edition. Library samplers are great, Eventhought I'm struggling with some dynamics issues right now.

I'm writting a sonata piece in F#minor starting with string section in Forte and very energy caracter with stacatos and Tremolos (Thema A). After a few staves comes Thema B in AMajor with very liryc character, performed by Woodwinds in Piano.

The problem is that the instruments don't seem to recognize dynamics properly. The Flute, for example, is playing with volume 89 on VE in Piano. When I change it to Forte it's playing with 92 volume, so i cannot see much differences between dynamics.

Is it possible to assign a volume level for each dynamic, so the performance is realistic in Finale 2014?

Let's say: pp: 35, p: 50, mp: 65, mf: 80, f: 95 and ff: 110


Laptop: HP 4GB; HD: 500GB

System: Windows 10

Software installed: Finale 2014, Vienna Instruments, Vienna Esemble, Vienna Library Special Edition Volume 1.

Posted on Thu, Jan 24 2019 12:17
by andi
Joined on Wed, Feb 18 2004, Vienna, Posts 3549

Hello Carrillet!

The Master volume of the Vienna Instruments mainly get controlled by the Finale mixer. In most cases it is best that this fader has a fixed value.

There are different ways to control dynamics in our instruments. With Finale I prefer using Velocity XFade. To do so, turn on Velocity XFade in the Vienna Instruments player and assign CC11. To avoid double dynamics, assign a different controller (for example CC12) or none to the Expression fader. In the Finale Human Playback Preferences under Dynamics make sure that Finale sends Velocity and CC11 messages for dynamics.

I'd like to mention that an earlier Finale version - I'm not sure if it was Finale 2012 or Finale 2014 - mixed up CC7 and CC11. So I would take care that the correct faders are controlled indeed.

Best regards,

Andreas Olszewski
Vienna Symphonic Library
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