Studio One v5 rocks!! Thank you for listening!!
PreSonus might have been smart not to add the full design here.
1 - Smarter instruments require less complex mapping. Look at StaffPad and Infinite Brass. Infinite uses CC's, but Kontakt can convert them easily. Even Spitfire's violin is semi-smart now.
2 - You don't need MIDI channels if sample devs do their job right. 16 Keyswitches can standardize most orchestral techniques, if playback is smart. Bowing placement (sul pont, tasto, normale) via CC allows both agility AND simplified mapping.
3 - The ideal composer UX is... composing, not XML. StaffPad taps to add/swap instruments of multiple libraries. In-app stores w/ pre-mapped libraries is the future, not handing users XML maps and saying "get it working on your own". S1 ought to go that route.
4 - VSL started in the 90's - Spitfire started in 2010 - Then Aaron Venture happened. He re-recorded every woodwind, gives out all updates and expansions for free, and now we see tons of people on VI-Control wondering why they ever bought from Spitfire or Orchestral Tools. Thing is... markets shift. They improve too. But, expecting Studio One to cater to outdated methods is... well... maybe it's time we either move on OR bug sample devs instead now. Each of those companies could improve their Kontakt scripts and proprietary samplers to be more agile with fewer keyswitches. 3 tremolo speeds shouldn't be keyswitches. They should be speed-triggered automatically. It's time their own software dev teams realized how players actually play their instruments... intelligently. The libraries of 2020-2030 are getting smarter... and that's what we need right now. Not more XML. I'm not opposed to better XML mapping. I'd just rather see sample devs improve first, to see what the next step OUGHT to be, instead of simply maintaining old ideas. Cubase didn't touch maps for 10 years. Sibelius had Sound Sets decades+ ago. Everyone else copying Cubase has only done it poorly and convoluted, without actually raising the bar on workflow and UX, which is what we all really need deep down.
In any case...
The PreSonus revolution has begun! Once they link hairpins & KS's to the notation, S1 will be unbeatable! S1 v5 made 2020 better. :)