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JBB3 & Sibelius | Key switching

Postby Paul Novotny » Sat Jun 18, 2016 10:54 am

I'm struggling with how to get Sibelius to key switch using expression text that dictates when to change instruments or change to mutes. Has anyone else been successful at this?
I'm using the KS Notation Combi presets. Of course I do not want to insert lo key notes as it's a score. This should be able to happen using Expression Text designated to instrument change, but in Sibelius I see no way to communicate with JABB3 on this. For example, the altosax KS combi preset is not even available in the Sibelius sound/preset ID, however, Trumpet and Trombone KS combi presets are known by Sibelius.


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Re: JBB3 & Sibelius | Key switching

Postby Credo » Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:13 am

I can't check it out directly right now to see if I get the same here, but you might find this helpful if you want to examine, tweak, add to, or even create brand new soundworld expression maps.

Personally I've found that it seems to work well out of the box, but I never noticed that the soundworld tables in Sibelius may have ignored some of the available instruments.

Do the ones that show up work properly? Generally they are triggered by things you enter as text, or by symbols or other markings you put on the score. You can 'edit' what markings do in the Playback Dictionary, which can send MIDI events directly, or defer behavior to the soundworld.xml expression map table.

You can also select patches in ARIA manually, and drop key switches (or other MIDI events) directly onto the score as text. Check the MIDI section of your Sibelius manual for more info...

They can be entered in the form: ~Nnote,velocity for
NoteOn, and ~Onote,velocity for NoteOff. (You must insert a NoteOff message, or your note
will sound forever!).

As an example you could enter as text in the score:
~N27,64 ~O27,64

The tilde tells Cubase to hide this text from printing. This would send a quick quick key-switch for MIDI note 27 (A0) without printing it.

For things you use frequently you can also make your own text based switches in the play-back 'Dictionary'.
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