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Hidden Articulations With Human Playback (Finale 2012)

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Not sure if anyone can help me with this, but it's worth a try.

 

I'm using Finale 2012 with Garritan instruments through VST, and with the "human playback" feature.  I find that for solo strings (e.g. in a string quartet), short notes tend not to "speak" clearly compared with long notes at the same dynamic level.  So, I thought an easy solution to make things sound a little bit better might be to apply an invisible articulation to all, say 16th notes or shorter, that would just slightly increase the velocity of those notes to achieve a better sound.  So, I created an articulation with the playback effect of changing velocity to 105%.

 

However, this doesn't work; when I play it back, the notes with that articulation are MUCH louder than the rest of the music (far more than 5% louder!).  It seems to make no difference whether I set the articulation to change the velocity to 101% or 150%; anything above 100% makes the note extremely loud. I'm guessing that this is caused by issues with the human playback, but since I don't fully understand how human playback sets dynamic levels, I'm not really sure.

 

Does anyone have an explanation or, even better, a way for me to boost the loudness of the short notes slightly for the solo string instruments?

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I've experienced pretty much the same issue when writing for solo strings (e.g. I've working on the revision of a Violin Sonata, and the comparative weakness of the violin playback annoys me to death). As balance is the key when writing chamber pieces, I hate the result. So what I do for a more realistic playback (esp. when writing shorter notes) is either to add (hidden) accents or to write down a (still hidden) louder dynamic mark side by side with the "official" (and visible) mark (e. g. a hidden "mp" right after a visible "p").

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Hidden dynamics are something I hadn't thought of.  Thanks for the suggestion!  They seem to work better, but still cause some issues with human playback.  For instance, I have a figure of a dotted quarter note + 4 32nds at mf, and of course the 32nd notes are almost inaudible.  If I add a hidden f dynamic for the 32nds, they are now played at a reasonable volume - but for some reason, the dotted quarter is now cut very short, as if it had a staccato mark.  So I added a hidden tenuto mark to the dotted quarter, and that seems to more or less do the trick.

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I have the opposite problem -- I downloaded a midi file, it looks fine.  In the midst, the music slows down and pauses like there's a fermata, but there's no visible fermata.  Can I get access to it? Like, see it, remove it?

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