Allow custom articulations playback
There are a few problems with playback on the articulation markings now, for example:
1. staccato markings are much too short
2. stacatissimo markings don't play
3. marcato accents are too loud
et cetera, et cetera.
A good solution for all these problems, and one that would be adjustable to different styles and moods of music would be a menu that allows custom articulation definitions for tenutos/legatos, marcatos, staccatos, etc. throughout a piece.
I would imagine two sliders: the first, "length," would be expressed as a percentage of marked value. It would be defaulted at ~85% for normal notes, 60% for staccato, 95% for legato, etc.
The second, "volume" would be expressed as a percentage of the current dynamic level (ranging from about 50% to 200%). An accent mark should not have an absolute volume; it should be determined by context. Obviously an accent in pp is sounded differently from one in fff.
I second your idea. In addition, I discovered the the Strong Accent has no effect on volume in Noteflight's playback. That's unexpected to me. The regular Accent increases volume but the Strong Accent does not. The latter should at least increase volume just the same -- and preferably even louder.
Yes, ideally we should be able to adjust these ourselves, but first Noteflight should address the specific problems. Staccato is far too short; the accent (“regular accent”) is too loud; the marcato (“strong accent”) does nothing at all. The reason, I think, that “stacatissimo markings don’t play is that Noteflight is misinterpreting “staccato” to mean “stacatissimo”. The reason marcato does nothing is that Noteflight is misinterpreting the regular accent to mean marcato. While we’re it, contrary to what Noteflight assumes, there is no “8vb” notation.If you want pitches an octave below, you write “8va” below the passage. The “a” in “8va” does not stand for “above”.
Please sign in to leave a comment.