I am looking for a method to make my life easier, using the combination of a notation program and Sonar. At present I am using Overture. Quite good program with some nasty bugs and some very, very strange habits.
What I found out in Overture: (I take the flute as an example)
making parts of monophonic instruments, like flutes, doesn't give me two separate parts when " divisi" is involved. OK, there are some settings to get it, but those don't work and will exit the program with an error
exporting the flutes to midi will not result in two channels, as if a flute is a polyphonic instrument, in spite of the fact that the OVerture setup was told that this instrument has more voices
This results in almost endless editing in Sonar when importing those midi files, in particular when playing "unisono". And all before I can start the sequencing/rendering.
What I found out in Garritan libs - at least the GPO:
there are less keyswitches than occurences of instruments. E.g. the violins. There are a lot of layers, called by keyswitches, but not the aggressive ones, these have separate keyswitched samples. That applies also for e.g. brass. Why not a keyswitch for the f Overlay layer?
Wouldn't it easier for us users, to call one instrument and apply all sorts of things with one an only one keyswitch? This lessens the need for the now necessary multitude of called VST instruments in any sequencer. For the notation part in this message, how is Finale doing? Can I be certain that monophonic instruments, - in particular when I have Flutes as a combined staff (2 voices), for playing "divisi" as well as "unison" - gives me at least two parts (extracting process) and two midi channels (exporting to midi)?
When this is true, it saves me at least half the efforts I have to put in at present? About that GPO thing, that's up to Gary to consider. I don't want any advices for Overture that there are tricks to do it, I know them all, I tried them all. Work around bugs is not my problem. The program has to be good enough (and then I am not talking about corrupted notation files, which I've got, due to some errors Overture made).
And don't tell me that there is a Finale demo. I tried that already. This demo has too many limitations to get the overall idea. I am certain that what I am doing now is just a waste of time. I can spend my time more useful. Please advice me on the workflow, possible scripts to automate things, or whatever you guys are doing.