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  • Change Volume from velocity to Mod Wheel

    Hello, With the exception of the percussion, piano, harp, etc. I find it counter-intuitive to be using velocity to control the volume of most orchestral instruments. Is there a quick, easy way to change the default setting for control of volume from velocity to mod. wheel? Any other tips from some more experienced users in this area would be greatly appreciated! Thanks,

  • Just right click the Volume control in the VI window and wiggle your modwheel. Or better yet, right click the expression slider on the control page and wiggle the modwheel.


  • Hi Tim, Many thanks for the quick reply. That's just what I needed & it seems to work very well! Now my problems are 1: How do I assign the articulation/sample changes, that are still assigned to the Mod wheel, to some ??? (other) controller? 2: I have a feeling that I could use a better Midi keyboard controller. I'm using an M-Audio Keystation 88es which is generally OK, but there's no Expression Pedal input & the velocity isn't adjustable. Any recommendations for something that isn't too pricey - in the $500-$700 range - that maybe has a 2nd mod. wheel (if there is such a thing!)? Frank

  • 1.  Double right clicking on the fader will clear the previously programmed controller.  Then right click on the fader again and move ANY other controller on your keyboard eg, wheel, knob, fader, foot (sustain) pedal.  It doesn't have to be a wheel you know.

    2.  Well Frank, that's going to be a matter of personal taste but I would definately make sure that whatever you get it has 88 keys.  You know, I don't know what is so wrong with your current keyboard.  If you're using a sequencer, you could always assign your one wheel to expression or whatever, record a take, then reassign your wheel to say, attack, record again, reassign again, etc...  Then, if need be, go into your sequencer and manually edit any offending MIDI events (attack too sharp, too loud in one spot, etc.) later.  Granted, this could be tedious after awhile but I'd rather put that $500 -$700 bucks towards a computer upgrade or another library.  But, whatever floats your boat I guess.

    If you really must get a new keyboard, I would look for something new in the $1000 range then go to e-bay to see if you can get it for the price you want.  Again, whatever floats your boat.

  • Something I've done is set up an on/off controller to switch Velocity crossfade on and off. It's useful in percussion when you want to switch from a series of hits to a dynamic roll. Occasionally I like to switch off velocity crossfade on wind and string staccatos. It requires a lot of customizing, but for me, it was worth it.

  • That's kind of what I've started to do.

    I've assigned controller #2 to Velocity-crossfade_On/Off.

    I then place an envelope on the track's timeline set to Off. This way, when I'm playing stuff in, it's velocity sensative. If I decide that that performance is OK (after tweaking velocities on individual notes), I leave that section with the controller set to off.

    If I decide that I need subtle cerscendo/decrescendo, then I turn controller #2 On with its envelope, and use controller #1 (with an envelope rather than recording the mod wheel) to control the volume crossfade.

    It works better than it was explained... [:)]