Note Playback Settings

When you are in Select mode or Select Score mode and have selected images you wish to modify, you can choose from any of the green Edit buttons in either the Edit Toolbar or the Tools Palette. The buttons on the Edit Toolbar bring up panels with the settings and buttons required to perform your edit.

Scroll the Edit toolbar to the left to access the Note Playback Panel and the Transpose Panel

Note Playback Panel

The Note Playback Panel appears when you select the Playback Button on the Edit Toolbar.

This panel contains settings that alter the way notes are played during playback.

While NoteAbilityPro will playback scores to reflect dynamic markings, articulations, slurs and crescendo and decrescendo marks, the settings on this panel can be used to alter playback characteristics of specific passages or notes.

To alter the velocity (i.e. playback volume) of selected notes, you can use the Velocity slider to select a MIDI velocity value (range 10 to 125), then touch the Change Velocity button to change the volume of these notes.

If you want to create a crescendo or decrescendo across a selected passage (either selected by dragging across an area of the score or with the Score Select tool) you can set the Start Velocity and End Velocity values and click on the Cresc/Decresc button.

If, for any reason, you don't want notes to playback, you can select a note or group of notes and touch the Mute Notes button or unmute notes with the Unmute Notes button.

Normally, notes playback for slightly less than their full duration so there is separation between notes. When notes have a staccato mark on them they play back at 50% of their duration, and when they are slurred, they playback at 100%. If you want to manually set the relative duration of selected notes, you can use the Relative Duration slider to adjust this. 1.0 would be full duration, more than 1.0 would cause notes to last longer than their rhythmic duration and values less than 1.0 would be shorter. Use the Set Relative Duration button to alter the playback of these notes.

There are some situations where you want to set the duration of a note to a custom duration, and you can use the Full Duration slider to select a duration (in quarter note beats) and touch the Set Full Duration button to alter the notes. Below is an example from a contemporary score where notes have duration bars after them and the composer has altered the duration of the notes so the duration bar is drawn for the desired length - the first note has been set to 3.25 beats in duration:

The Insert Patch Change button inserts a patch change at the position and staff of the Entry Cursor. Patch changes cause instruments to change during score playback. The Insert Bank Change button inserts a MIDI bank change at the position and staff of the Entry Cursor. Patch changes and bank changes are inserted using the patch and bank numbers in this panel. Patch change and bank change markers will appear in the score, but these symbols won't print when your score is printed.

Touch the Done button to dismiss this panel.

Tranpose Panel

The Transpose Panel appears when you select the Playback Button on the Edit Toolbar.

This panel transposes selected notes to different intervals or to different keys. Notes can be selected for transposition with either the Select or the Score Select tools. Once you have the music you want transposed selected, you can use the slider to set the interval of the transposition and choose the direction of the transposition (up or down). If you prefer to have the transposition interval calculated for you you can use the two slider to set the original key (From Key) and the new key (To Key). For example, if I am transposing up from Bb major to D major, the Interval of a Major 3rd will be appear in the slider. Click on the Transpose Notes button to perform the transposition:

Notice that the key signature is not changed, and that all necessary accidentals have been added. If you want to change the Key Signature, that is done as a separate step using the Key Signature panel in the Operations Menu. In the example below, the Key Signature has been changed to D Major and the unnecessary accidentals are automatically removed.

There are some instances where you want the playback to be transposed but want the notes on the page unchanged. This might be done where an incorrect octave is playing back, or when you are playing back an natural string harmonic and need the sound to be much higher than it appears on the score. In order to do this, you can select the notes, set the transposition interval and direction and click on the Alter Playback Only button. If you use this button again with the same note, the new transposition will be added to the previous playback transposition. In the example below, the string harmonics have been set to playback at different intervals above their written note - The D plays an octave higher and the C plays and Octave and a Perfect 5th higher.

To remove the playback transposition on notes, select them and touch the Cancel Playback Trans button.

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