I recently bought GPO because I like the potential of the string section (compared to the orchestras that I already have), but after spending several hours experimenting and re-reading the manual, I'm still perplexed about how to access all the string articulations:
1. First, where is staccato? I am surprised to not see a staccato articulation in GPO, especially considering that my two less expensive orchestras have it. Perhaps I am missing something, but I'm hoping there is a better way to achieve staccato than to manually shorten the length of individual notes.
2. In testing all the articulations for the keyswitch string sections and KS solo strings, I'm wondering why the KS sections are playing the 3 bow variations (alternating, upbows, downbows) as very short notes, while the solos all play the full length of the notes. What am I overlooking here? At first, I thought I had discovered a hidden staccato, but it simply seems to be working incorrectly for the string sections (KS). I tried the short bows also, just for the heck of it, and they play shorter than the actual note also. I've double-checked the manual (p. 29) but find the keyswitch information a bit confusing.
Any help/suggestions on these two issues would be greatly appreciated. This has probably already been covered here long ago, but I've been searching the forum and not found anything relevant.
I'm using the latest version of Kontakt Player (1.1.8.004) within GarageBand 3. The GPO strings are beautiful (w/ some tweaking), but I need to master these articulations to achieve their full potential.