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    Need to assemble a VSL string section?

    Hi all,

    I have VSL Opus I and need to know how to assemble in Giga a sustained string ensemble for pop scoring.

    I would assume I have to group a few patches together but how?

    TIA

    Alan Russell
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    Re: Need to assemble a VSL string section?

    Don't get the question...

    By group, I assume you mean make switchable presets, ie: keyswitch.

    If so, why? If it's sustain you're after, use the sus patches,
    OR:
    Make velocity crossfade by means of mod wheel out o9f the legato instruments. for sustained stuff, I see those as having way more potential.

    But I just got opus two days ago.

    Does this help?
    Send a more detailed question if not: Are you looking for technical info on how to use GSEdit? Etc.

    Belbin

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    Re: Need to assemble a VSL string section?

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    Re: Need to assemble a VSL string section?

    Hi,

    I am looking to assemble a full string section as one patch using VSL Opus 1.
    The Garritan lites have full string ensemble patches as well as EWQLSO Platinum which I posess. Am I missing something here? Looking to use it in Giga..

    Alan Russell
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    Re: Need to assemble a VSL string section?

    VSL Opus 1 has ensemble patches included. You could also just stack all the individual patches into one GS 3 patch and have your ensemble.

    fizbin

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    Re: Need to assemble a VSL string section?

    Fizbin,

    when you say stack them..do I load them one by one and point them to one midi channel? How is this done in Giga 3?

    Alan Russell
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    Re: Need to assemble a VSL string section?

    Alan,

    To stack in GS3 double-click the first instrument. Now hold down "Ctrl" and drag the second instrument to the same channel. There's also a button right over the quicksound window that you can click to make stacking the default when you double-click.

    With the VSL instruments that come with Giga, I often stack the modwheel sustains with a staccato articulation. Keyboard velocity then mixes in more staccato, and the modwheel controls the expression of the sustain.

    It's not ideal. The reason I did that is that the only sustain patch fror the strings has too slow an attack for moderate melodies. I would expect that Opus gives you a sustain patch with a harder attack. I'd use that as my default.

    GS3.10 will be available soon (probably next week is what I hear). The update enhances stacking options. You will be able to stack a bunch of instruments and then define how they are selected - by keyswitch, velocity, modwheel, whatever. We will be able to setup custom keyswitches without needing to open the editor. Is that cool or what?

    -JF

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    Re: Need to assemble a VSL string section?

    Jon,

    thanks for the clear explanation..

    "I'm off to see the Wizard now"

    Alan Russell
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