What are people using with the concert snare for crecs and decresc rolls? And since these libraries are so small, why wasn't cresc. and decresc. rolls included like with the battery rolls (short, medium, long)? While I'm on a roll here, same question with timpani rolls.
Cool deal. I've just been using the automation function of Fruity Loops to do most of that stuff. I just use Finale to input the notes...
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about 16 years ago
phat rat - I'll usually just do a C7 message (midi volume) to control cresc or dim on such parts. I'm not sure what notation program or sequencer you're using, but in Sibelius, there's a plug-in that will apply a series of C7 messages to the hairpin in a selected passage. The plug-in is in the ";playback"; section of the ";plug ins"; menu, and it's called something like cresc/dim playback. If you decide to use it, it's helpful to be sure ";view hidden objects"; is selected from the view menu so you can see what it's doing. Once the cresc or dim has occurred, it's not a bad idea to reset MIDI volume to 100 so the staff has a normal playback output.
For fast accented concert snare rolls (or timpani rolls for that matter), it works well to enter an acented quarter note followed by the longer duration part of the roll played back at a lower velocity. Set the quarter note to a higher velocity (say 115), and set the longer note to a lower velocity (say 66). To make it ";look"; tied together, just add a slur after the first quarter note. An actual tie will not work well since it'll affect the ";note off"; message sent to the first (loud) attack.