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How Do I Use SWAM Violin Without a Keyboard?

I've got the SWAM Violin. I want to play notes with some variation. I don't have a keyboard to do this. Too many complications that won't allow me to, so I have to stick to a compact design. I also can't play instruments full stop because of cognitive issues.

I use FL Studio, I managed to get the VST to work by changing expression. But I've encountered a new issue where I can't change the vibrato or pressure with any of the FL Studio channels within a pattern. And the mapping for some reason on this software only lists CC? I don't know what that is, I just know the notes on an FL Studio pattern. How do I assign those to the pattern?

For reference, I used to use instruments from a Kontakt library, which had a simple variation change using a single note on the pattern. I can set for example, vibrato, to B#0. It would play the following notes with vibrato.

Note: I half solved this problem, but it's inconvenient. I can go to the parameters, right click the CC, and create automation link. But it isn't that convenient, since there's a bug in FL Studio where deleting automations won't delete them permanently from a pattern. It will remain.

Also, are there any presets for this violin? Mine sounds all computer-y. I've tried different models and settings and none seem to work. Everyone else's violin sounds different to mine. What's the problem here?

I've got the SWAM Violin. I want to play notes with some variation. I don't have a keyboard to do this. Too many complications that won't allow me to, so I have to stick to a compact design. I also can't play instruments full stop because of cognitive issues. I use FL Studio, I managed to get the VST to work by changing expression. But I've encountered a new issue where I can't change the vibrato or pressure with any of the FL Studio channels within a pattern. And the mapping for some reason on this software only lists CC? I don't know what that is, I just know the notes on an FL Studio pattern. How do I assign those to the pattern? For reference, I used to use instruments from a Kontakt library, which had a simple variation change using a single note on the pattern. I can set for example, vibrato, to B#0. It would play the following notes with vibrato. Note: I half solved this problem, but it's inconvenient. I can go to the parameters, right click the CC, and create automation link. But it isn't that convenient, since there's a bug in FL Studio where deleting automations won't delete them permanently from a pattern. It will remain. Also, are there any presets for this violin? Mine sounds all computer-y. I've tried different models and settings and none seem to work. Everyone else's violin sounds different to mine. What's the problem here?
edited Feb 16 at 1:33 pm

It would seem to me that your problems are due to trying to play a SWAM instrument in a way it was never designed to be used i.e. without any kind of performance tool e.g. keyboard, wind controller, breath controller etc.

As to your violin sounding "computer-y", what do you expect when you're trying to play the instrument in a "computer-y" way?? Of course it will sound "computer-y" if you're not using any form of performance tool! SWAM instruments were designed to be incredibly expressive and realistic but if you're just using it in a sequencer, there's no way it can sound like the demos you have heard which have been played by live musicians using performance tools e.g. keyboard, wind controller, breath controller etc.

CCs (Control Changes) are what virtually every single MIDI-capable instrument on the planet uses in order to affect a whole range of performance parameters. If your software cannot effectively utilise CCs, either change the software or change how you're trying to perform with the instrument.

It would seem to me that your problems are due to trying to play a SWAM instrument in a way it was never designed to be used i.e. without any kind of performance tool e.g. keyboard, wind controller, breath controller etc. As to your violin sounding "computer-y", what do you expect when you're trying to play the instrument in a "computer-y" way?? Of course it will sound "computer-y" if you're not using any form of performance tool! SWAM instruments were designed to be incredibly expressive and realistic but if you're just using it in a sequencer, there's no way it can sound like the demos you have heard which have been played by live musicians using performance tools e.g. keyboard, wind controller, breath controller etc. CCs (Control Changes) are what virtually every single MIDI-capable instrument on the planet uses in order to affect a whole range of performance parameters. If your software cannot effectively utilise CCs, either change the software or change how you're trying to perform with the instrument.
edited Feb 20 at 4:20 am

He depreciates using Expression which supposedly is not appropriate for SWAM.
-Michael

He depreciates using Expression which supposedly is not appropriate for SWAM. -Michael
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