Originally posted by JonFairhurst:
For the sustain control, you might consider setting your keyboard to control cc-7 (volume) or cc-11 (expression - the same as volume, but it won\'t alter your mixer settings.). You can then ride the fader as you record your strings.
I recently had good luck recording my fader controls on a second pass - after I had recorded the notes. This let me concetrate with furrowed brow while focussing on playing the right notes with the right timing. Then, on the second pass (overdub), I closed my eyes, went into a dream-world and put my soul into the fader. If I didn\'t like it, I\'d stop the take, hit undo, ctrl-home and record again. The results were smoother than what I can consistently draw, the timing was excellent, and the results came quickly. Much better than hand editing envelopes.
In the end using the fader will likely be more musical than striving for a one-size-fits-all decay.
But don\'t let this discourage you from entering the world of the editor. Lots of good stuff there. And if you really want to edit gigs, the GigaStudio Mastery Tutorial is a great resource.