Old 11-27-2007, 02:36 AM   #1
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Default A few more cool score editor ideas :-)

Let's admit it, most of us do not use score view that much anymore (unless writing music to be performed live).

Why ? Well, it's "not too WYSIWYG", which makes it really hard to use when editing actual recordings, and not preparing ones.
Here, a piano roll or even a list editor works much better.

But maybe there are some areas where the staff is more convenient to use than the other editors ?

Let's think...:

1) compressing time when viewing lots of notes AND rests, while still making them quickly readable (a whole note symbol takes as much space as a 64th note - well, depending on positioning rules).

2) compressing the scale of available pitches (instead of displaying every semitone and using "one clef" like the piano roll does, it uses sharps and flats, different transposition and 8va's.
Btw these solutions could also be implemented into the piano roll view (why not?), yet no sequencer in the world does it yet (a hint, hint).

And... why would we only limit to the traditional staff-based notation ? Maybe the piano roll/list editors or modern music notations also have something to offer ?

The new list:

1) dragging noteheads left-right to add small time offsets (would be also displayed as numbers over or under the staff)

2) using colors, shades or notehead size itself to show current velocities.

3) creating "staff frames", that can be freely moved on the screen as (also +shift, think: like audio items),
each can have its own tempo,
and they are synced with eachother using a min:sec ruler + vertical sync lines.

4) notating pitchbend and other controllers in the score window.

5) notating exact pitch length as piano roll lines+noteheads (not only some modern composers use the technique in their scores, but some notation applications offer it as well).

These + a working grid edit mode / local grids / beatmatching and you have a really serious tool for professional composers.
Not that it is not serious (it is!), but my point is, there is a space to improve, especially seeing that most if not all of other sequencers available on the market seem to neglect people with any formal education in music.

How do you like the ideas (= brainstorming) ?

Last edited by sebas777; 11-27-2007 at 02:44 AM.
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