I know this type of question has been asked a lot, but I'm not sure if I am succeeding with getting the most out of GPOs legato phrasing. I am very new to Cubase and GPO though I have been using Finale for a long time. I have been experimenting with the dry lush string sounds and my procedure is as follows.
I create my bare-bones score in Finale (pitch and duration only, different staves/channels for different articulations) and import the MIDI data into Cubase SE to work on with GPO. I have finally learned that the first step to nice legato - if you don't "play it in" - is overlapping notes, but having done that, and getting a pretty satisfactory legato, when I overdub the pedal controller I don't really notice any difference. I have the pedal set to "no sustain/sustenuto, but midi controller" in Kontakt and I have tried two methods:
1) Overdubbing the pedal data on the same track as the note data.
2) Creating a second MIDI track set to the same channel/Kontakt slot and recording the pedal data there.
I assume the results should be the same. When I try the first method in Cubase's Project Window I hear only the first note then the part cuts out. I have to record the pedal data in the Key Editor (which doesn't scroll, grr) but when, after overdubbing my pedal work, I select "foot" in the key editor window I don't see any data, and I can't say I hear any difference but when I look at the track in the project window there are vertical lines representing my pedal work.
When I try the second method I can record in the project window and I see the lines in the second track but I'm not at all sure I hear any difference in either case.
I have experimented with the clarinet in the same project and I can hear - I'm pretty sure! - the difference when I use both methods. It's harder than it seems especially after listening to the same passages so many times and on pretty crappy speakers.
Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to be clear about what I think I'm doing. Is there a particular instrument I could put through the same process that would tell me one way or the other?
I'm awfully glad you all are here and I'll try and keep it shorter next time. When I ask about key switches. Heh.