I'm having problems with articulation and general performance markings when i use Sibelius 4 to sequence my scores through GS3. I find that during playback, through GS3, the dynamics are far too extreme. For instance mp, may sound like pp - in particular, in the string section.
For strings, i use standard looped strings, as these seem to give smoother playback. However, they lack definition in triplet, semi-quaver (or smaller duration) passages. Is there a way of combining other more articulated strings for sections where i need more atriculation?
I have found that, in order to achieve a more realistic performance, i have sometimes had to alter scores beyond human recognition! So i'm wondering if anyone has good experience using sibelius 4 and GS3, who may be willing to share some advice on my problems.
I also ask if i would achieve a more stylistic/realistic performance if i were to use a dedicated sequencer, such as Cubase? This is because, when i open up a midi file in Sibelius, there are lots of numbers above the stave (only visible when the whole stave/bar is highlighted). Are these midi messages for articulation? Since, when i delete these numbers, the sound that was played back before looses any articulation/ performance interpretations - e.g. Bends on a guitar.
I haven't been been able to find an easy way to get Sibelius to play back articulations through GS3 without including midi messages in the score. I use the VSL samples which use key switches to switch articulations, so I include note on off messages as text above the staff which performs the key switch. However, I find it easier to use a DAW, like Sonar, which allows me easier control. For each instrument I load each articulation into a separate midi channel in GS3 and assign different channel ids to the relevant notes in the Sonar midi track.
Thanks for the help. I'm currently trying out the midi messages. When i looked on the internet to find them, i found some good plug-ins for Sibelius. They add messages for all your dynamic and articultion markings automatically. So, i'm going to try those. Failing that i will have to consider using a DAW. Thanks