I think the keyswitch idea is great. But viewing the score after the keyswitch events are inserted can sometimes be very confusing.
Just wondering if anyone is developing something like this (or if one already exists?)... Not sure if it's possible...
A midi plugin (MFX for sonar) that read Lyrics to perform keyswitches.
Supposing you want the string patch to keyswitch to Pizzicato, just add a lyric event "pizz", and an invisible note for keyswitch is inserted into the track. Same for the others... "con sord"; "arco"; "tr1 (trill half-tones)", "tr2 (trill whole-tones)"; "con sord tr1", "trem"; "con sord trem";...
It'll good if the insert note (and trigger text) can edited, so it's versatile for different instruments, and can still be used when new updates arrive.
Some benefits -
- "cleaner" and clearer score
- Easy import into notation programs. The performance directions will already be there.
Why MFX? Cos it performs in real-time, changes can easily be undone, bypassed, and rendered when the work is done.
Also, for Sonar users, right clicking on the lyric text (in score view) would bring up a dialog where you can enter the exact time for the event to take place, so you'll still have full control.
Unfortunately, I have no idea how to make an MFX plugin, or how they actually work. Wonder if it's possible?