Yo. Time to solicit advice from the authoring pros so I can make a suitable venue for my upcoming second custom, a song by Fitz and the Tantrums. A lot of this will be thinking out loud, so bear with me.
Fitz and the Tantrums has two lead singers, a man and a woman. I want to make this song a proper "duet," but here's the twist: I want to have the male singer play the guitar (or bass if there is no guitar present) and sing the main part and the female singer hold the microphone as the backing vocalist. The song in question is also very keys-centric, to the point where there's no guitar part (although it remains to be seen if saxophone or something similar will be charted to guitar). So let's work on the problem in two different scenarios: with guitar and without guitar.
Let's tackle without guitar first, since that's theoretically easier on venue variables.
My ideal scenario is this:
Vocalist sings the female part, which is less than the male part, on HARM1. This means the backup singer is on vocals.
Bassist sings the male part, which is more than the female part, on HARM2. This means the lead singer is on bass.
(Because of the keyboardists inherently stationary role, I can't consider putting the male singer's part on HARM3. That would be too limiting for camera cuts.)
Is this even possible? I've managed to have HARM3 sing and lip sync separate from HARM1, but I've only ever made one venue before. I saw a thread discussing something similar to this in which an author can trick the game with clever use of singalong parts. So I think this can be pulled off.
"Then just switch the parts, dummy. Make HARM1 the female part and HARM2 the male part. This isn't a big deal."
Ah, but if I do that, I still have to make PART VOCALS the male part for solo play... and then the venue gets really, really complicated.
So, an alternative: Is it possible to have the vocalist NOT lip sync HARM1? Can I trick it with empty dryvox in those areas? Could I abuse the [idle] flag?
I'm pretty much screwed, right?
But it gets worse. Now let's assume there is a guitar part present. Hoo-boy...
I already have venue events set up that are keyboard focused. Those keys events typically have priority over guitar and bass parts. But I already said the keyboardist is too stationary to have any fun with for a duet. So I'd have to stack guitar and bass events to make sure that player is singing the assigned voice part. But any events I place would have to be devoid of keyboard events, otherwise the keyboard event would overrule the guitar/bass player who sings HARM2's part by default.
WHAT SHOULD I DO???