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Old 01-18-2024, 03:59 PM   #1
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Default Set Metronome Pattern Default Behavior Change. Please consider!!!

Currently, when you set your Metronome to 4/4, ABBB, and then you have a 6/8 Bar ABBABB, and then it goes back to 4/4. The suggested metronome default is ABBA. It is basing its metronome default after what came before it, but that is NEVER helpful.

I'm scoring a 3 minute animation, with approximately 35 meter changes. For every single one of these, I need to

Click Set Metronome Pattern
Erase the Current Pattern
Input a pattern that makes sense

A better behavior would be for the metronome to call back the metronome pattern used previously, FOR THAT TIME SIGNATURE. So every 4/4 would have the same metronome pattern until you changed one. Every 6/8 would have the same metronome pattern, until you changed one.

It seems like a minor thing, but it's a constant annoyance, especially since I'll forget to adjust the metronome pattern, and then have to go in and fix it later if it's bothering me.

Please consider changing this. Thanks!
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Old 01-18-2024, 04:15 PM   #2
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FYI the previously-used metronome patterns are available as a dropdown, if you click the down-arrow to the right of the pattern, so that might save you having to erase and re-type the pattern when you change the time signature.

If we did make the change you are suggesting, when exactly would the metronome pattern change? Say you run "insert tempo/time signature marker", and it opens up with 4/4 ABBB. You change the 4/4 to 6/8. Would the pattern automatically change when you type the 6, or the 8, or.. ?
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Old 01-19-2024, 10:52 AM   #3
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Thanks so much for responding!

I thought a lot about that this morning, and realized that most of the time, you'll want 6/4 to follow the same pattern as 6/8. So, I would suggest that the default pattern be tied to the number of beats per measure, and that the 2nd number (note value) can be ignored by the metronome pattern. I think that this is how it currently functions.

There are a few ways to do this, and I think that all of them would be better than the current default, which adds to the pattern previously set. 4/4 ABBB becomes ABBBAA when you switch to 6/4. If you change the 6/4 to ABBABB, and then back to 4/4, it becomes ABBA. This results in a confusing metronome pattern that doesn't intuitively indicate where the strong beats are, or even the downbeat.

Option 1: When you type a 4 (1st number), it defaults to the last time a 4 was entered. When you enter a 6, it defaults to the last time a 6 was entered. Ignore the 2nd number (note value)

Option 2: Set standardized defaults that follow musical convention of beam groups of 2 and 3 (except for 4 and 8). Still allow the user to change it, but have it setup to call up the following every time


I may not always want 6 to be ABBABB for instance, but 99% of the time, I can live with that grouping since I can hear where the strong beats are.

Option 3: Create a text file with values listed (4=ABBB 5=ABABB), and let users load it from a file, similar to note and cc names in the MIDI Editor. I would suggest having a default text file exist that users can load or modify.

I think option 1 would be best, as I have a hard time imagining a situation where the current way of populating metronome patterns would be better for someone. Option 3 has the advantage of allowing users to continue with the current functionality uninterrupted if they want.

Thank you so much for considering and responding. Reaper has been such a boon to my work as a musician and a composer, and I'm so grateful that you and Justin are so active here in listening and engaging with your user base.
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