For the last ten years I've been babbling my ideas about sampling various dynamic ranges and transitions then morphing between them, why are we only now starting to see these types of sounds appear? It seems to me that we've had enough horsepower to do this for quite some time. I once tried to connect with a programmer to pursue the idea but could never find anyone with the needed skills.
Now that we are starting to see some morphing products, when are we going to see sequencing and notation software integrated with the samples? This would open up all kinds of time-saving coolness. Even with something as basic as alternation between sustain and staccato samples.
For the last ten years I have not needed keyswitching because I simply confine articulations to a velocity number between 0 and 127. This way, I simply (in cakewalk) right click and change the velocity to put a staccato not or whatever in. Brightness and volume are controller by envelopes. An old version of Encore notation software let me change the velocity for each note (through a cumbersome pull-down menu lacking a shortcut!) so I could match up samples and markings.
With purpose-designed notation/sequencing software, popping that staccato dot on a note would automatically trigger a staccato sample. Need an accent? Just pop one on your note and you're good to go.
All the while, the dynamic markings and hairpins morph between dynamic levels. Slurs morph "in between" samples for legato etc.
This integration would be extremely powerful.
The concept goes further. Create specialized tall format touch screens that can display entire full orchestral scores, and use the stylus for editing DIRECTLY on the score. Various Physical buttons for common notation marks would allow instant editing. Just hold the accent button, touch the note with the stylus and the accent symbol appears. Hold the slur button, click the starting note, then the ending note, boom there it is. This is powerful stuff. It could replace paper and pencil entirely. It would be far more natural than the akward interfaces we are stuck with today.
A purpose-made sample library isn't even neccesary. Various libraries such as EWQLSO, VSL, GPO etc could be made compatible with the software quite easily. A budget setup could use just the software, off-the-shelf PC and GPO. a top-of-the-line setup would use the full hardware including the touch screen etc and VSL, EWQLSO, SI, what have you. Everyone wins! Except for me, of course, my ideas stolen and not a dime to show for it
I've been dreaming of this for over 10 years...
The ultimate composing tool could be achieved RIGHT NOW with current technology. Even without dynamic level morphing, this would be awesome.
This concept is from the perspective of a working composer and arranger. My goal is to make the connection between the technology and the composer as transparent as possible.