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Articulate Maps
for Articulate Presets

Complete Dorico and Cubase integration

Complete Expression Maps for Cubase & Dorico

Taking advantage of Cubase & Dorico's unique Expression Map feature, the Articulate Maps cover the entire VSL libraries. Both are very likely by far the most comprehensive Expression Maps ever created for the respective software! They are free for all users of Articulate Presets and offer you the best possible user experience for orchestral composition. Both are created from scratch in order to take advantage of the unique features of the respective software. In Cubase there are even two distinct versions of the Articulate Map: one gives you convenient access to every single articulation version by self-explanatory attributes without the need for any additional Midi events, while the other allows you to shape the performance in detail via the powerful 3D-control. When recording the Cubase Articulate Maps even automatically encode the currently active articulation into the corresponding notes.

The unique Dorico Articulate Map relies on standard notation symbols and gives you the best possible playback for a given score - without any further editing. And the new HD mode, based on the great HD Shorts, gives you in Dorico even an alternative automatic playback. Yet at the same time the Articulate Map allows you at any point in the score to manually shape the playback in all details ... offering all the possibilities available in a DAW!


With over 1500 definitions in 
Dorico and even over 2500 in 
Cubase, the sophisticated 
Articulate Maps conveniently

open up the entire VSL. 

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Articulate Maps give you direct access to all techniques using 

standard score symbols and self-explanatory directions without a need for additional Midi events.

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The Articulate Map for Dorico strongly raises the bar on both 
the quality of 
the score playback in a Notation software and how far you can shape it, if you want. 

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In terms of size and features, likely no other Expression Map even comes close ...

Choose without any restrictions 
how all instruments play your score - 

from basic instructions, like a composer,

down to every tiny detail, like a conductor


  • completely unprecedented Expression Maps containing every individual articulation version included in the VSL

  • up to 100 score symbols and text instructions (both directions and attributes)

  • over 1500 (Dorico) and 2500 (Cubase) individual expression definitions - from standards like staccato and legato to very specialized playing techniques 

  • Dorico: VST2&3, Cubase: VST2 


With the Articulate Maps there is basically no difference between 
score and Midi anymore. Just write 

your score using the extensive list of standard musical symbols and it will automatically play back as expected, using the great feature in Dorico 4 
to select appropriate articulations 

based on the note length. Divisi are simpler than ever and automatically realized via new score symbols (e.g. for section, group, desk & player) on a single stave in the full score!


The Cubase Articulate Map adapts the conventions of the existing VSL factory maps to make it easy for users that have used them before, yet the Articulate Maps give you far more control. 

In Dorico there are even 
dedicated Playback Templates, automatically playing back any score using the VSL. And the VSL Compatibility Map even provides basic Dorico support for other libraries in the vast VI series.


The VSL is unmatched when it comes to recorded dynamic transitions, phrases, ... . They can strongly increase realism, but for most users they sit unused on their disk, since up to now they required a significant effort. With the Articulate Map, using them couldn't be easier: e.g. you can 

select an upward run in Cubase  by 

the symbol “↑”, as well as clear text 

identifiers like ”fast”, “maj.” & “G♯”.


Both Articulate Maps are fully compatible with Articulate Presets signature 3D-control! In Dorico you can switch at any point in the score 

between two different modes: 
Either merely 
write your score like a composer, and it is automatically realistically played back: in either the standard or new HD mode. Or even shape the performance (dynamics, 

vibrato, attack, ...) in striking detail 
like a conductor/player, using 
various additional continuous controllers.


The Cubase Articulate Maps automatically encode external Midi events into the corresponding articulations, so that you can directly record your score. You can choose to either access all articulations by program change messages or the main articulations by one octave 

of key-switches following Art 

Conductor's universal layout, that is compatible with nearly every orchestral library on the market.

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Bring your music to life, and turn a generic score into a unique artistic interpretation

A new level of expression

The Cubase Articulate Map makes editing simpler than ever. In addition to all standard attributes and directions, like pizzicato or legato, for articulations with many different versions you can even select each individual one by up to four self-explanatory attributes per note (e.g. a strong 2s crescendo or a slow upwards glissando in C major). Thereby, you don't have to use Midi events at all to select even special articulations.

The Dorico Articulate Map strongly raises the bar, when it comes to the quality of score playback! 

Taking advantage of the vast amount of different recordings in the VSL it automatically selects the appropriate one - e.g. sustained, portato, ..., depending on the length of the note. It covers all standard playing techniques and in addition implements various custom score symbols and directions based on standard musical conventions to conveniently control vibrato, realize divisi, access individual players or strings, ... . Dynamics are fully automatically played back via velocity crossfade and various notated phrases (trills, measured tremolos, ...) by the appropriate sound in the VSL. But if you want, you have full access to every single recording in the VSL (dynamics, phrases, ...) via self-explanatory control symbols, and can fully control every aspect of the playback using Articulate Presets powerful 3D-control! 

Cubase and Dorico Expression Map
Cubase and Dorico Expression Map
Cubase and Dorico Expression Map
Cubase and Dorico Expression Map
Cubase and Dorico Expression Map

Combinations of score symbols to access particular versions of phrases in Cubase

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Custom score symbols implemented by the Dorico Articulate Map

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