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4.3 Playback Console

To open the Playback Console,


Press the Playback Console button in the Toolbar or hold down Ctrl + 9 (Win) /

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Cmnd + 9 (Mac) or select Console. from the Playback menu.


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FIGURE 4 - 4: Playback Console


NOTE: Channel numbers, tempo, volume, pan, mute, solo and transpose pitch controls in the Playback Console all function normally when the Aria player is activated or when General MIDI playback is activated.

Instrument assignments in the Playback Console are ignored whenever the Aria player is activated. Instruments assigned in the Aria player will respond only in channels that correspond to those in the Playback Console.

4.3.1 Playback Console controls

The playback transport controls works exactly as the Mini-Console. The General Vol- ume slider controls overall volume. Tempo controls default tempo (if no metronome value was assigned in ENF). Measure/Beat slider resets playback position to desired measure and beat.

Each horizontal MIDI track is linked to a contrapuntal voiceline found in a staff. Tracks are grouped with light or dark grey shading representing one part / staff line. Each track has its controls arrayed in columns:

Column 1 (Track): Indicates the MIDI track assigned to the staff. MIDI Tracks are assigned automatically and cannot be changed.

Column 2 (Voice): Lists the contrapuntal voice number (1 thru 4) given to each voice- line. Voice numbers appear inside colored boxes representing one of 4 possible voices (black, red, green and blue).

Column 3 (Part Name): Each track (part) is linked to a Part Name. Part names are cre- ated in the System Manager.

Column 4 (Channel): SmartScore automatically assigns a unique MIDI channel to each track whenever possible. Since MIDI allows for only 16 channels, channel num- bers may become repeated. Channel numbers can be edited manually by clicking inside the Channel number field.

NOTE: If the part contains more than one contrapuntal voice, you will see more than one instrument channel assigned to that part. For more information see "Working with Contrapuntal Voices", Section 7.9.

Column 5 (Port) displays the current port (device) to which the MIDI track is being sent. If more than one MIDI device is available, the port assignment can be edited by clicking inside the Port field.

Column 6 (Lock): You may choose to lock the MIDI Channel of one or more parts to keep them from being changed dynamically.

Column 7 (MIDI Instrument): Every track is assigned a MIDI Instrument. The default instrument is “Grand Piano”. Some recognized scores, depending on their structure, may have other instruments assigned.


Set Instrument: This button will open the Instrument Settings window which is designed to reallocated MIDI Channels and to save and load custom MIDI instru- ment settings.

Column 8/9 (Mute / Solo): buttons control whether a track should be muted while all other tracks play or soloed, muting all other tracks.

Column 10 (Volume): This slider controls the default volume of each track.

Column 11 (Pan): This slider controls the Left/Right balance for each track.

Column 12 (Transpose): Each track can have its playback transposed up or down. Note that transposed instruments will already reflect a transposed playback value to com- pensate for correct pitch.