So far I've been been using GPO4 as a plug-in for Sibelius 6.1, but I'm beginning to think I'm going to start doing some post-Sibelius MIDI tweaking to get things to sound better. I understand there is a LOT you can do with/to solo instruments but I'm less sure about the string ensembles. How are things like velocity, duration, etc. applied to an ensemble of violins for example? If I change Portamento does it apply to the entire ensemble en masse?
I'm having trouble with getting a legato sound out of ensemble strings. The louder, the more choppy it sounds. Putting phrase markings (i.e., slurs) in the Sibelius score actually makes it worse - creates a very unnatural sound. The slurs apparently make the notes play at 102% the default length and (for GPO) turn on the MIDI legato control. Unfortunately, the GPO doc says seems to say GPO uses "sustain" (CC#64) rather than "legato" (CC#68) to control legato. Did I read that correctly?
I notice that the samples in the Listening Room don't seem to suffer from the problem I'm having so I'm sure there's a way of coping with it.