So I'm working on the score to Beethoven's 6th, first movement, as my practice piece for learning all about how to use GPO. I had the strings playing lush and beautiful, mostly p and pp. Then at measure 28 the oboe speaks up, taking the theme, and even playing at pp, it stands clear and bright above the whisper-quiet background of strings. Or that's what was supposed to happen.
What really happened was that the oboe was inaudible above the raucous din of those "whisper-quiet" ppp strings! Coming from a hardware synth where every instrument played with equal strength, I never really learned the delicate art of balancing the instruments against each other. It turns out that I had to go back and re-do all my string CC1 controller values to 1/4 of their original amount. My 64's became 16's and my 100's became 25's.
Once that was done I played it again, and there it was, that sweet oboe, playing pp, yet standing clear and bright over the ppp strings! What an exciting moment that was!
The lessons I learned:
1) You don't belong using CC1 values of 100 in pp passages!
2) To get whisper-quiet strings DO NOT do so by turning down the volume knob on your amplifier!
3) To make an instrument stand out above the rest, don't crank it up to 127, turn down the CC1's on the others.
4) Start by applying CC1 expression to the weakest instruments first and balance the string section against the result, not vice-versa.
5) Leave plenty of room at the top. If your mf passage is already at CC1=127 you have no where to go when you hit that fff passage.
I'm sure that's all old news to you long-time experts, but I think it's good advice anyway.
All in all, I am simply amazed at the lifelike performance I'm getting from GPO using Noteworthy notation software. It's turning out far better than I had imagined. Another week or so and I will be ready to share the first movement of Beethoven's wonderful 6th symphony.