First off, thanks for the reply!
Originally Posted by Ivorydom
I am not sure what your problem is exactly.
VG2 is pretty straightforward. You play the chords with the free keys above the keyswitches and with the keyswitches you change the strumming patterns, not the chords.
Maybe I am missing something, but I don't see why you are confused. What are you trying to do? If you read the manual try to use the correct terms so that we could possibly understand what you're talking about (for example what does "launch data of the preset" mean?).
To answer your first question, keyswitches = "launch data of the preset."
I apologize for the incorrect terminology and I get this concept. It's the same as VSL. You play a part and to make a more realistic performance, you can change a sustained note from straight legato to vibrato, for example, by using keyswitches. My problem comes with the lack of editing capabilities with the notes themselves. I am a keyboardist. That's my primary instrument. So I found playing a single note, G for example, giving me a G Triad very disorienting. So now when I play a Gmin triad I've got a GMaj triad a BbMaj triad and a DMaj triad? When you go into Melodyne to separate the triad (which is the ONLY way I found to even get access to the triad), that's what you found, 3 super-imposed major triads.
In any other program, if you have a finger slip and you hit a bad note in an otherwise good performance, you simply open the MIDI lane and delete that note or go in and change it. You meant to play Gmin, but accidentally played GMaj.You should be able to change the B to Bb. You cannot do that with VG2 because of 1 note = 1 triad architecture.
Also, depending on the pattern, in this case I was using a custom built montuno pattern, the 2nd bar of the pattern is different from the 1st. When this happened on a chord change between the 2 bars, I needed the second measure's pattern to play on the changed chord. When I tried to split the "pre-set pattern," VG2 automatically gave me 2 1st bar patterns! There were no instructions in the manual as to how one might solve this dilemma.
The other big problem is that I couldn't get the keyswitches to work as described in the manual,
which is also just like VSL.
I placed a keyswitch where the manual said and found that the range described was different on my keyboard. No big deal this varies all the time from platform to platform. What I was not prepared for was VG2 essentially crashing after I placed the keyswitches where I needed them! In my example, I picked C1 to launch/play the "Royal" strumming pattern. Then at bar 3, I put a C3 keyswitch to change the pattern to "Gypsy Fill." Instead of a changed pattern, my entire performance changed to these clipped, cut off staccato notes! The only way I could get my original performance sequence back was to un-install the style and re-install the style from scratch. THAT'S why I ended up having to make 7 full audio clips to work around this issue.
So my question(s) were based around all of these oddities I was finding. I'm perfectly willing to admit human error on my part. So I was reaching out to all of you more experienced users to find out what I was doing wrong.
Manuals are notorious for omitting details or not explaining the sequence of events properly because of translation issues. That's why forums like these are so important. You can ask another owner, how they got a particular function of an app to work for them.
I take it from your reply that the keyswitches worked for you as described? I'd be happy if they did so for me. That would be a huge time saver! Is there something else I need to do besides place the keyswitch to get it to work? How did you handle the "split pattern/chord change" problem, or did you ever face that issue? That's the kind of information I'm looking for now.