How to trigger articulations with the Sound Set

VE Woodwinds + Brass and VE SY Winds

The sound set "VE Woodwinds+Brass" works with the following Vienna Instruments collections:

  • Woodwinds I+II
  • Special Woodwinds
  • Brass I+II
  • Special Brass
  • Dimension Brass I+II
  • Saxophones
  • Recorders
  • Historic Winds I-III
  • as well as with all Woodwinds and Brass Single Instruments.

The sound set "VE SY Winds" works with the following SYNCHRON and SYNCHRON-ized collections:

  • Synchron Woodwinds
  • Synchron Brass
  • SYNCHRON-ized Woodwinds
  • SYNCHRON-ized Woodwind Packs
  • SYNCHRON-ized Historic Winds Packs
Important

The "Clarinet in Bb 2" and the "Bassoon 2" programs on the Sibelius Manual Sound Sets tab require the respective "Clarinet in Bb 2 [VSL Single Instrument]" and "Bassoon 2 [VSL Single Instrument]" instruments from the Sibelius "Add or Remove Instruments" menu. These instruments are included with the "Vienna Symphonic Library" House Style. If they don't appear in the Sibelius instruments list, go to Appearance/Import House Style/Vienna Symphonic Library. For the import keep at least "Playback dictionary" and "Instrument definitions" checked.

The Dimension Brass I and II instruments will also work better with the dedicated "[VSL Dimension Brass]" instruments from the Sibelius "Add or Remove Instruments" menu.

Which presets and Manual Sound Sets programs to load in Synchron Player

Please load the presets from the "03 Velocity" folders.

  • For Synchron Brass it is possible to turn on VelXF in the preset to enable dynamic changes for single notes.
  • For the other libraries, the sound set will automatically turn on Velocity XF for long note articulations and turn it off for short note articulations.

Most woodwind programs on the Sibelius "Manual Sound Sets" page will work equally for the Synchron and the SYNCHRON-ized Woodwinds collections. Only for bass clarinet, bassoon and contrabassoon it necessary to distinguish between the programs for the SYNCHRON-ized collection and the Synchron collection. Programs for the SYNCHRON-ized collection simply have the instrument name as program name, while programs for the Synchron collection have the word "Synchron" before the instrument name.

Which presets to load with Vienna Instruments Dimension Brass

If you are notating the whole instrument group (4 players) on one staff, use the 4 player presets (only Vienna Instruments PRO): Sib_DimBr_4_Horns_PRO; Sib_DimBr_4_Trumpets_PRO; Sib_DimBr_4_Trombones_PRO;Sib_DimBr_LowBrass_all_PRO

If you are notating three players on one staff, use the 3 Player presets (only Vienna Instruments PRO ): Sib_DimBr_3_Horns_PRO; Sib_DimBr_3_Trumpets_PRO; Sib_DimBr_3_Trombones_PRO; not applicable for the Low Brass

If you are notating two players on one staff, use the P1-2 (TTB1-2 for the Low Brass) presets. For a second system with two players of the same instrument use the P3-4presets (BTB+TU for the Low Brass).

If you are using Vienna Instruments (as opposed to Vienna Instruments PRO) and want to notate the whole 4 player section on one system, you can do so by loading two instruments in Vienna Ensemble and routing them to the same channel. In the first one, load the P1-2 preset, and in the second one, load the P3-4 preset.

If you are notating each player on a separate staff, load the according P1, P2, P3 or P4 (TTB1, TTB2, BTB or TU for the Low Brass) preset.

Please notice that Bass Trombone and Tuba of the Low Brass group will sound one octave lower than notated. If you want to notate these instruments on separate staves, you can load the corresponding "loco" presets in order to have them sound "loco" (not transposed).

The 4-,3- and 2-player presets contain different matrices. In order to play the right one, please don't forget to always state with the following Technique Text commands which players are playing a sequence:

  • "a4": Played by 4 players in unison
  • "a3": Played by 3 players in unison
  • "a2": Played by 2 players in unison
  • "3.+4.": Played by player 3 and 4 in unison (4 player presets)
  • "2.+4.": Played by player 2 and 4 in unison (presetSib_DimBr_LowBrass_all_PRO)
  • "2.+3.": Played by player 2 and 3 in unison (3 player presets)
  • "1.": Played by player 1
  • "2.": Played by player 2
  • "3.": Played by player 3
  • "4.": Played by player 4
  • "div" or "divisi": The first voice will be played by player 1, the second voice by player 2, the third voice by player 3 and the fourth voice by player 4
  • "div2": The first voice will be played by player 1 and 2, the second voice will be played by player 3 and 4

Articulations

Most of the techniques written for the Special Edition and the Special Edition PLUS also apply to the Woodwinds and Brass sound set, as well as the SY Winds sound set. Here are the additional articulations.

Vibrato (not with Dimension Brass)

Create the Technique Text command "vib" or "vibrato".

To switch back to non-vibrato, use one of the following Technique Text commands: "ord.", "natural", "normal" or "senza vibrato".

Strong vibrato (only with sound set "VE Woodwinds+Brass")

There are two ways to trigger these patches:

  1. Create the Technique Text command "vib" or "vibrato" and create a second Technique Text command "heavy".
  2. Create the Technique Text command "molto vibrato" or "espressivo".

To switch back tonon vibrato, use one of the following Technique Text commands: "ord.", "natural", "normal" or "senza vibrato".

Progressive vibrato

Create one of the following Technique Text commands: "vibrato progressive", "progressive" or "prog". (Only available with Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)

Blare (only Horns, Dimension Brass)

Create the Technique Text command "blare". (Only available with Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)

Marcato (not with Dimension Brass)

There are two ways to trigger these patches:

  1. Use thekeypad's marcato mark.
  2. Create the Technique Text command "marcato".

Staccato repetitions, Portato repetitions, Legato, Fast legato, Marcato, Fast marcato (sound set "VE Woodwinds+Brass")

See the respective entries in the previous paragraphs. Vienna Ensemble automatically chooses the slower or faster patches according to speed control.

Legato repetition (sound set "VE SY Winds")

Create the Technique Text command "rep".

Portato repetition (sound set "VE SY Winds")

Create the Technique Text commands "rep" and "portato".

Staccato repetition (sound set "VE SY Winds")

Use the wedge mark from the Sibelius keypad.

Legato + vibrato

Legato and vibrato can also be combined

Flutter tongue

Create the Technique Text command "flutter tongue" or "frullato".

Glissando (Alto + Tenor Saxophone, Tenor + Contrabass Trombone, Clarinet-Bb)

Create the Technique Text command "glissando". To switch back to normal playing, use one of the following Technique Text commands: "ord.", "natural" or "normal".

Slap (Flute 1, Saxophones)

Create the Technique Text command "slap".

Falls (Saxophones, Trumpet in Bb, Flugelhorn)

Use the Fall articulation mark from the keypad. With the Technique Text command "long" or "slow" you can switch to a longer bend (only saxophones).

Slides (Trumpet in Bb, Flugelhorn)

Use the Scoop articulation mark from the keypad.

Sforzatissimo (Dimension Brass)

Create the Expression Text command "sffz". (Only available with Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)

Legato repetitions (Dimension Brass)

Create the Technique Text command "rep". (Only available with Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)

Custom cells Vienna Instruments

(A7 to A12 of the "Special" matrices; Dimension Brass A/B11 to A/B12; only available with Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.): It's possible to use additional patches, that are not included in the VI presets for Sibelius by default. Just add the desired patch(es) to one of the free cells. To switch to these cells from your Sibelius score, use one of the following Technique Text commands: "custom" or "custom1" for cell A7 (Dimension Brass cells A/B11), "custom2" for cell A8 (Dimension Brass cells A/B12), "custom3" for cell A9, "custom4" for cell A10, "custom5" for cell A11 and "custom6" for cell A12. As Dimension Brass switches cells on the Y-Axis via Speed-Control, in most cases the same patch(es) should be placed in cells A11 and B11 (for custom1) and accordingly in A12 and B12 (for custom2).

Custom slots Synchron Player

It’s possible to use additional articulations by adding the desired patch(es) to one of the free custom slots. To switch to these slots from your Sibelius score, use one of the following Technique Text commands: "custom1" for the first custom slot, "custom2" for the second custom slot, and so on until "custom6" for the sixth custom slot.