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  • Dorico Expression Maps and Playback Templates for SYNCHRON-ized Special Editions

    Dear community!

    We have just released Dorico Expression Maps and Playback Templates for our SYNCHRON-ized Special Editions. All settings can easily be installed with our "VSL for Dorico" installer. Dorico 3.5 is required.
    https://www.vsl.co.at/Notation_Related

    We have prepared some tutorial projects, videos and a manual. More information can be found here:
    https://www.vsl.info/tutorials/guides/dorico-integration/introduction

    In addition John Barron from the Dorico team will make a live session on YouTube explaining these playback templates today at 5 pm CET.



    Best regards,
    Andi


    Vienna Symphonic Library
  • MANY MANY MANY THANKS


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  • Hello Andi,

    Thanks for this great and long waiting news, and thanks for your effort giving us the opportunity to use Synchronized SE instruments with Dorico 3.5! Can't wait to try them and the youtube stream!

    Do you think these expression maps can be used as a foundation for full instruments expression maps? I mean by ourself, even if VSL is providing expression maps for full instruments (like the one for Synchron Strings I available at the Dorico forum) would be tremendous :) ?

    Regards,

    Gil.


  • Hello Gil!

    The expression maps could be used as a starting point for other libraries, but I'm not sure, if this will actually save any time in comparison to starting from scratch.

    Best regards,
    Andi


    Vienna Symphonic Library
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    Hi there,

    the Dorico instruments sound superb. Really looking forward to trying these out with my Dorico program.

     

    Steve😃


  • Huge kudos to the VSL team for working with the Dorico team to create and release this. It will be a huge help in implementing my VSL libraries in Dorico. I especially appreciate the way both teams are releasing everything in one easy install package and supporting videos.


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  • Thanks a lot Andi ! If you have time, please add some of your percussion pieces to DORICO , they are outstanding !


  • Congratulations, Andy, on this project. Dorico and VSL, a beautiful combination!

  • A release giving Dorico an authoritative voice!

    Paolo


  • I welcome these templates as well and am enjoying studying the Expression Maps.  With the Dimension strings, perhaps because I first created my own maps before Dorico 3.5, I missed your trick of using a con sord as an add-on which actually simplifies things rather. In fact, it's puzzling why you didn't simply include additional odd-ons for all the player divisions as that's just a few minutes work and seems to work flawlessly. Of course the corresponding p.t's would also need to be generated which is a few more! Incidentally, when in con sord mode, any p.t when cancelled must have the con sord reapplied as ord specifically exits mute mode (A0). Obviously pizz comes into this category, as does detache. Articulations (marked with symbols) work differently as I'm sure you know.

    On the Synchronized orchestra vol 1 and 2, I've found some odd dynamics with my own pieces (compared to my own maps) but there are various possible reasons for that and I'm now off to listen to your demo tracks -- thanks for making the scores available which will be very helpful.


  • Vielen Dank!


  • Really great to see these arrive, thanks!

    One immediate thought is that I was a bit surprised to see, in Dorico's video, a great long list of individual VSTs for each instrument, because I'm accustomed to using Ensemble Pro. Of course there is no problem with assigning the new maps to the appropriate instrument, but would I be right in thinking that it isn't practical to auto-load ensemble instances?

    I'm just working through the VST list with a current project. I've noticed a few things so far:

    Flute 2+ loads with CC11 set significantly lower than 127. (Incidentally, currently my own maps use both cc2 and cc11 instead of velocity+cc.)

    Instrument Eb clarinet loads a Bb clarinet patch.

    Horn 1+2 loads the Vienna horn, 3+4 loads the triple horn. I wonder if it should go 1+3, 2+4?

    Trumpets load C, Bb, C; I'd prefer C, C, Bb

    Strings: some odd things here, thanks to Dimension Strings. This score has solo violin/viola/cello, but no divisi (so far). What's loaded is Dimension violin 1 player 1 for the solo -- I would have expected Solo Strings violin 1+ -- and then both section violins load with group 1 enabled, rather than the full ensemble. No solo double bass, but it loaded with only player 1 enabled.


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    @Marcabru said:

    Strings: some odd things here, thanks to Dimension Strings. This score has solo violin/viola/cello, but no divisi (so far). What's loaded is Dimension violin 1 player 1 for the solo -- I would have expected Solo Strings violin 1+ -- and then both section violins load with group 1 enabled, rather than the full ensemble. No solo double bass, but it loaded with only player 1 enabled.

    There's no support in the Expression Maps for string divisions so there would be no point putting them in the score. Arguably, there should be entries for all the different solo players as well but that was a step too far for me.

    I also prefer CC2 +CC11 but with the secondary scaled, otherwise the dynamic range is far too high. The chosen method seems to work OK for the demos, though.  The comment on the horns is interesting as there are a lot of ways you could call this including allocating an ensemble to one part (and then just mute the others in the score)


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    WARNING :

    VSL expression maps did not show in the "Default playback templates" 😢

    Solution :

    I removed all Dorico version except 3.5 and now they are showing 😃


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  • Hello Marcabru!

    Thanks for your input. Here are the answers to the things you have brought up.
    We thought about using Vienna Ensemble or VE Pro too in the playback templates. This would have the drawback that some instruments would be loaded even though they are not included in the score. Furthermore not all users have Vienna Ensemble installed. So these users would get an error message about the missing plugin. That's why we have decided to go with Synchron Player without Vienna Ensemble (Pro). If you want to, you can make your own playback templates with Vienna Ensemble (Pro) and our expression maps.

    >> Flute 2+ loads with CC11 set significantly lower than 127.

    => I cannot reproduce this problem. Flute II loads with CC11 value 127 here. Which playback template did you apply?

    >> Instrument Eb clarinet loads a Bb clarinet patch.

    => That's true. Unfortunately Dorico doesn't differ between the keys the instruments are in as far as playback is concerned. For the Clarinet in Eb, please load the Clarinet in Eb preset manually. The expression maps doesn't have to be changed.

    >> Horn 1+2 loads the Vienna horn, 3+4 loads the triple horn. I wonder if it should go 1+3, 2+4?

    => Horn 1 and 3 load the triple horn, horn 2 and 4 load the Viennese horn. Which playback template did you apply to get the result you have described?

    >> Trumpets load C, Bb, C; I'd prefer C, C, Bb

    => Dorico doesn't differ between the keys the instruments are in as far as playback is concerned. If you prefer a different order of the trumpets, please re-assign the plugins or load different presets in Synchron Player.

    >> Strings: some odd things here, thanks to Dimension Strings. This score has solo violin/viola/cello, but no divisi (so far). What's loaded is Dimension violin 1 player 1 for the solo

    => The playback template "VSL SYzd Special Edition Vol 1-7 PLUS (Dimension instruments)" loads dimension instruments. If you would like to have solo strings loaded instead, please use the template "VSL SYzd Special Edition Vol 1-4 PLUS".

    Best regards,
    Andi


    Vienna Symphonic Library
  • Andi,

    I noticed that there was no playing technique for trills, half or whole. Is this an oversight or intentional since Dorico has it's own method of generating trills when you use the "tr" symbol? I had to go into Engrave>Playing Techniques... and define my own text based symbol - Trill(half-step), if I specifically wanted to trigger VSL's trill articulation.

    Initially I couldn't get this to work, not because I had the wrong definition, but rather because I had it following the "Portato" articulation in my test score. My trill only worked if I ended the "Portato" articulation with "Ord" prior to using the trill.

    Are there any other of these idiosyncrasies that we should be aware of when using the maps? I'm sure that as people use them more, their experiences will be documented.

    Regards,

    Gyprock.


  • Hello Gyprock!

    Trills are included in the Special Edition PLUS expression maps for strings and wind instruments. They are working fine here. It's true that if you have other commands earlier in the score, they may not work together and it may be necessary to add an "ord." command before the new command.

    Best regards,
    Andi


    Vienna Symphonic Library
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    @andi said:


    We thought about using Vienna Ensemble or VE Pro too in the playback templates. This would have the drawback that some instruments would be loaded even though they are not included in the score. Furthermore not all users have Vienna Ensemble installed. So these users would get an error message about the missing plugin. That's why we have decided to go with Synchron Player without Vienna Ensemble (Pro). If you want to, you can make your own playback templates with Vienna Ensemble (Pro) and our expression maps.

    Best regards,
    Andi

    thanks for this clarification, Andi. I find it annoying to use single instrument instances as it's harder to edit or get an overview but on the other hand, uisng VE not only are instruments loaded which are not necessarily in the score, I frequently seem to get extra instances added by Dorico and other odd behaviour (such as refusal to save endpoints) so your choice is understandable even without the consideration that some users may not be using VE (Pro)


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    @andi said:

    Hello Gyprock!

    Trills are included in the Special Edition PLUS expression maps for strings and wind instruments. They are working fine here. It's true that if you have other commands earlier in the score, they may not work together and it may be necessary to add an "ord." command before the new command.

    Best regards,
    Andi

    perhaps just to clarify that vol5 Dimension Strings don't include trills, (though I've borrowed them from elsewhere in my own setup). However the trills seem to work otherwise fine for me


  • I’ve been experimenting with these, and they are working very well. I still have a bit of tweaking to do in the Dorico Play window sometimes, but I’m impressed with the output so far: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IX5BzhDFdw Thanks, VSL and Dorico! Jonathan